Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry (Quick and Healthy)

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I love the ease of making stir-frys for dinner. This Chinese chicken stir-fry recipe is one of those that makes life easier on a busy night. With just a few ingredients and only one pan, it can be on the table in half an hour. Although I try my best to meal plan, it’s always good to have a meal like this up your sleeve for those nights that just don’t go your way!

Since my whole family loves Asian flavors, this is always a popular choice. In my opinion, this recipe beats takeout any night!

How to Make Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry

To make this super simple stir-fry, you need to slice (or dice) and marinate the chicken first. We’re not talking about hours of marinating here. Just a few minutes in some rice vinegar and spices. You can either use Chinese five spice for the spices or just ground ginger, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Also, rice vinegar is pretty easy to find these days, but apple cider vinegar is just fine if you don’t have any.

Quickly stir-fry the chicken followed by the vegetables. My favorite kind of cabbage to use for this is Napa cabbage. It has softer and thinner leaves and cooks in just a couple of minutes. Again, though, you can use regular green cabbage. The same is true of all the veggies in this recipe. Use whatever you like and have on hand.

Return everything to the pan and drizzle with coconut aminos, honey, and sesame oil, and heat gently until everything is warmed. Are you new to coconut aminos? It is often used as a substitute for soy sauce in recipes. Made from the sap of coconut trees, coconut aminos boasts a number of health benefits and avoids the soy, gluten, wheat, and MSG found in most commercially produced soy sauce.

I like to toast some sesame seeds in a separate skillet while the vegetables are cooking. Toasting them really brings out the flavor and the kids love sprinkling them on top of their bowls. I usually serve this over white rice or cauliflower rice, but it’s tasty on its own too. If you’re going to use rice, just start it cooking first and it’ll be ready when the stir-fry is done.

The slight sweetness of the honey and coconut aminos pairs well with the tang of the apple cider vinegar and the nuttiness of the sesame seeds. It’s got all the flavors of comfort food with the freshness of healthy ingredients!


Stir-Fry: The Perfect Go-To Meal for Wellness Mamas

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… stir-fry is my go-to. Whatever the flavors and ingredients used, stir-fry is always quick and easy and makes it simple to incorporate lots of seasonal veggies.

In fact, I bet you’ll find more stir-fry variations in my recipes than almost any other. I’ve put together some pretty crazy combinations trying to use up the ingredients in my fridge, but it usually comes out tasty. Practice makes perfect! And after a while, we’ve settled on our family favorites. (All of which I include in my Wellness Mama Cookbook, of course!)

Here are some of the stir-fry combinations we make most often:

Chinese chicken stir-fry

Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

A simple stir-fry using chicken, Napa cabbage, and spices with coconut aminos, honey, and vinegar.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Calories 336kcal
Author Katie Wells






  • Thinly slice the chicken.
  • Place the chicken in a bowl and season with the Chinese five spice (or alternate spices) and the rice vinegar.
  • Stir and let sit 5 minutes to marinate.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1-2 tablespoons of butter or coconut oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken and saute until cooked through and slightly brown.
  • While the chicken is cooking, thinly slice the cabbage, bell pepper, and onion.
  • Remove the chicken to a clean bowl.
  • Add the remaining butter or coconut oil to the skillet and saute the sliced vegetables until slightly softened.
  • While the vegetables are cooking, toast the sesame seeds in a small skillet on the stove over low heat until lightly browned and fragrant.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet and add the coconut aminos and honey, stirring to combine.
  • Drizzle with sesame oil.
  • Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 467mg20%
Potassium 1022mg29%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1322IU26%
Vitamin C 69mg84%
Calcium 165mg17%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


We like this stir-fry as is, but I do sometimes serve it over white rice or cauliflower rice. If you’re using rice, just start the rice cooking first and it’ll be ready with the stir-fry is done.

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What meal do you count on for busy nights? Do you have a favorite chicken stir-fry recipe (or other kind of stir-fry)? Please share!

This easy chicken stir-fry is budget friendly and delicious. It comes together quickly for a fast and easy meal.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


13 responses to “Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry (Quick and Healthy)”

  1. Jeanette Jones Avatar
    Jeanette Jones

    I am diabetic. Can I omit the honey and still get full flavor? Anything I could replace the honey with?

  2. Arlyn Avatar

    5 stars
    I just tried this recipe, I thank you Katie, ive been following you this is the first recipe ive tried of yours.. And my picky autistic little boy has tried cabbage for the first time THanks .

  3. Brenda Rodriguez Avatar
    Brenda Rodriguez

    This has so much flavor. I made this on meal prep Sunday, tastes just as good reheated. My husband and 2 year old loved it!

  4. Savannah Avatar

    5 stars
    Mmmmm, this looks soo tasty! Easy stir fry recipes are a go-to here in my house, because they are so easy and quick to whip up! I can’t wait to give this one a try – thanks for sharing!! <3

  5. Hélène Avatar

    In the pic, I see asparagus and yellow peppers added and no cabbage. Is there a pic for the cabbage recipe here?

  6. Michelle Avatar

    4 stars
    We made this for dinner tonight. Loved it!! I added sesame seed oil but no seeds. Also no viniger or corn starch. Came out really good though.

  7. Suzan L Lee Avatar
    Suzan L Lee

    5 stars
    I stumbled upon your website by searching for a Napa Cabbage Stir Fry Recipe. This recipe turned out to be fabulous. I have been all over your site and am so thrilled to have found you. Thank you.

  8. Eva Avatar

    Super mid week recipe! Easy, quick, healthy and delicious!
    I did add chinese 5 spices, and did everything else as prescribed. Will come back to this!

  9. Christina Avatar

    This is SO delicious!!! I didn’t have any apple cidar vinegar or sesame seeds, but it was amazing. I also added carrots and orange peppers to it.

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