Takeout-Inspired Garlic-Ginger Chicken

Takeout-Inspired Garlic-Ginger Chicken

Sometimes you just have a hankering for Chinese takeout. Garlicky, ginger chicken, fluffy white rice, and maybe some steamed veggies on the side sounds delicious, right? But, restaurants tend to add flavor enhancers, such as MSG, and lots and lots of sodium to their dishes. You can easily make homemade, takeout-inspired dishes at home, in about 30 minutes or less. 

There are a few staple ingredient you should have on hand, or you may even already have in your pantry and fridge. Here they are, not necessarily in any specific order:

  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Soy Sauce

If you have these ingredients on hand, you will be able to turn any protein – such as chicken, beef, shrimp, tofu, etc…into a delicious, Asian-inspired dish. Corn starch, though it does not add flavor, adds the viscous, silky, sauce-texture you know and love in Asian dishes. There are a few other ingredients you could add to change up the flavor, like Sriracha, cilantro, lemongrass, peanuts, fish sauce, and/or chilies. However, the simple ingredients listed above will create the perfect “takeout-inspired” flavor base.

Takeout-Inspired Garlic-Ginger Chicken

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
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  • 1" piece of peeled ginger, very finely-minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. water
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  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil



Whisk egg whites, corn starch, and kosher salt together. Toss and thoroughly coat chicken in egg white mixture. Set aside.


In a separate bowl, mix next 6 ingredients - ginger, garlic, soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, and water together. Set aside.


Heat vegetable oil on high heat in large saute pan, or wok. Toss in chicken, and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. Once chicken is slightly browned, add liquid mixture, bring to slight bowl and then turn to low. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.


Serve with steamed broccoli and fluffy white rice.

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