Sweet and Spicy Chicken Meal Prep

By Rena |

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Meal Prep recipe – Take your meal prep to a whole other level with this chicken stir-fry recipe that’s easy to put together and better than takeout Chinese. The combination of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors, gives this dish all the feel-good flavors you need.

Sweet and Spicy Chicken in a meal prep container

There is something about take-out Chinese chicken that’s so comforting and delicious. Ditch that and make your own take out Chinese dish healthier. This Sweet and Spicy Chicken recipe is not only delicious and better than take-out Chinese, but it’s also perfect to use for meal prep for those who are busy preparing their meals daily. Very similar to Kung Pao Chicken but even better!

If you’re looking for other chicken recipe, why not also try my Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese and my Easy Chicken Stroganoff!

why you’ll love this sweet and spicy chicken

  • Sweet, salty, spicy, delicious! The combination of soy sauce, honey, and chili paste give this Sweet and Spicy Chicken am an exciting mix of flavors.
  • An easy chicken recipe. Cook this up in no time! Only a handful of ingredients needed, this goes from pantry to table in 30 mins.
  • Perfect for meal prep. Get your prep on with this easy and delicious chicken dish! Portion out with rice and veggies for the ultimate prep meal.
close up chicken meal prep bowl

ingredients you’ll need

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Sesame Oil
  • Green Bean
  • Chillies
  • Brown Rice (optional)

for the stir fry sauce

  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Raw Honey
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Chopped Peanuts
  • Sliced Green Onions

how to make this sweet and spicy chicken

  • Make the stir fry sauce – In a small bowl add all stir fry sauce ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Saute the chicken – In a skillet/wok, add in chicken, garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is almost done. Set aside.
  • Cook the beans – Stir in green beans and chilies. Stir fry for about 5-6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Combine – To the skillet, add in the chicken and the sauce, cook for 3-4 mins.
  • Garnish, serve and enjoy!
beans. chicken and rice in a meal prep container.

recipe notes and tips

  • Heat the wok or skillet before stir-frying.
  • Prep your ingredients before firing up the skillet/wok, things move fast!
  • Stir your ingredients often.
  •  Ideally use a light or low sodium. Regular soy can create a really salty sauce.
  • You can dial back the chilies if you want it less spicy.
  • Make sure to trim the ends of the beans.
  • Cut the chicken into similar sized pieces, so they cook evenly.
  • You can always add extra veggies, whatever you have on hand! Just be aware, harder vegetables.
  • Serve with brown rice, cauliflower rice or noodles.

faq’s

What is the difference between Kung Pao Chicken and General TSO’s Chicken?

This Sweet and Spicy Chicken is a riff on the take-out classic – Kung Pao Chicken. Generally, the biggest difference is that TSO’s chicken is battered and deep-fried then tossed in a sweet-spicy sauce. Whereas, a Kung Pao chicken recipe is not battered and deep-fried. Kung pao chicken is usually seared in a wok then tossed in a sweet marinade. If you ask me, Kung pao chicken is a winner when it comes to which one is healthier.

top down shot of Sweet and Spicy Chicken with crumbled peanuts.

Is Kung Pao Chicken Bad for you?

It all comes down to how a Kung Pao Chicken recipe is prepared. If the chicken is battered, fried, and doused in the sweet sauce then you are better off making your own healthier takeout Chicken at home. A Take-out Kung Pao chicken recipe isn’t quite healthy. They tend to be high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. 

overhead shot of chicken in a container with beans and rice.

can you freeze this sweet and spicy chicken

You can freeze Sweet and Spicy Chicken, stored in an airtight container or freezer bags, once it has cooled. You can store it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

To thaw, take it out of the freezer the night before and place it in the refrigerator. The next day when ready to serve, you can either heat it up in the microwave and add it to a skillet/wok and stir-fry until heated through.

side shot of Sweet and Spicy Chicken in a glass container.
Kung pao chicken in a glass container with beans and rice.

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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Meal Prep

Stir-fried chicken with a sweet, salty and spicy flavor. Better than Chinese take out and great for meal prep.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 507kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Chicken Breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 lb Green Beans ends trimmed
  • 6-8 Chillies dried or fresh, to taste
  • 2 Cups Cooked Brown Rice optional

For the Stir Fry sauce:

  • 1/4 Cup Low Sodium Soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chili Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Roasted Peanuts to garnish
  • 2 Tbsp Sliced Green Onions

Instructions

  • In a small bowl add all stir fry sauce ingredients and whisk to combine.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil skillet or wok over medium/high heat.
  • Add in chicken, garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is almost done. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining sesame oil in the pan and stir in green beans and chilies. Stir fry for about 5-6 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • Add in the chicken and the sauce and continue to cook for about 3-4 minutes more, or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  • Garnish with chopped peanuts and green onions.
  • Serve with cooked brown rice and enjoy!

Notes

  • Heat the wok or skillet before stir-frying.
  • Prep your ingredients before firing up the skillet/wok, things move fast!
  • Stir your ingredients often.
  •  Ideally use a light or low sodium. Regular soy can create a really salty sauce.
  • You can dial back the chilies if you want it less spicy.
  • Make sure to trim the ends of the beans.
  • Cut the chicken into similar sized pieces, so they cook evenly.
  • You can always add extra veggies, whatever you have on hand! Just be aware, harder vegetables.
  • Serve with brown rice, cauliflower rice, or noodles.
 
Options:
Calories include brown rice. The calories per serving without the brown rice will come down to about 398 kcal.
Please note that the calories are just an estimate based on a nutrition fact calculator I use. 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 895mg | Potassium: 1263mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1520IU | Vitamin C: 114.9mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3.6mg
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  1. Johnathan Alexander says

    5 stars
    Honestly, this is amazing. It’s got some heat to it, but not overwhelming. Very, very good flavor. I recommend using a wok, but whatever deep skillet you have will work. I’m looking forward to eating this for lunch all this week. I had my wife try it and she loved it as well. Absolutely worth your time and effort to create (which, might I add, is really, really minimal).

  2. Aeliya says

    5 stars
    Hi, I love this recipe and was just wondering if it’s 507 calories for the whole meal(130 per serving) or each serving has 507 calories

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