Stirring Up Dinner for my Honey

Weeknight cooking needs to be quick. While I generally get home from work at a decent hour, my family has gotten used to eating on the early side.

My father-in-law managed a grocery store for many years. He would often work the afternoon and evening shift and would take a lunch break prior to the evening rush. He would come home and my wife’s family would eat around 4PM. That history, plus a large amount of evening activities for the kids (soccer, karate, story time at the library, etc…) often meant getting dinner on the table by 5:30.

When I make the menu for the week, I will sometime fail to notice that something takes 30 minutes to prepare and then sits in the oven for an hour. Needless to say, those then get bumped for the weekend.

This quick and delicious stir fry is great for weeknight cooking.

The browns, greens and oranges bring great color and the carrots and nuts add different texture to the softer ingredients.

A fairly small set of ingredients.

Cook up the celery and carrots.

Add in the chicken.

The nuts go in at the end to retain their crunch.

Chicken Honey Nut Stir Fry

Prep Time: 10 Min | Cook Time: 10 Min | Servings: 6 servings | Difficulty: Easy


  • 2 teaspoons peanut oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions


Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a wok over high heat. Add the carrots and celery and stir fry for 3 minutes. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, then add the chicken and stir fry for 5 more minutes.

In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch into the orange juice. Mix in the soy sauce, honey and ginger. Add this sauce to the wok and cook over medium heat until thickened. Top with the cashews and green onions.

Nutritional Info:

Amount Per Serving Calories: 235 | Total Fat: 7.9g | Cholesterol: 69mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database


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Categories: Chicken, Chinese, Fried, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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17 Comments on “Stirring Up Dinner for my Honey”

  1. June 17, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    This is a crazy coincidence — I made this dish for dinner last night! I failed to take pics, but the recipe has found its way into the drafts folder.

    BTW, your version looks pretty cool!


  2. June 17, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Looks and sounds great.


  3. June 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    I’ve not tried honey in a stir fry .. sounds delicious!!!


  4. June 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    It sounds delicious, as always!


  5. June 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Yum! I love some good stir fry 🙂


  6. June 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

    Love cashew nuts! Yum…


  7. June 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    Can’t beat Asian food for a quick & easy meal!


  8. June 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    I agree. Many recipes have the extra hour or two buried in the directions. Or you have to marinate overnight. This one will be good for weeknights.


  9. June 17, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger’s Award! Thank you so much for bringing sunshine into my life! Actually most of your blogs make me laugh out loud, so they bring some serious sun into my day!

    And your stir fry looks delicious!


  10. June 18, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    yay! another easy-to-follow recipe find 🙂 thanks Pat!


  11. June 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Body Beautiful and commented:
    Love the concept of quick mid week recipes to keep us in the kitchen and away from takeaways. Great recipe to which I would add loads of other vegetables (if making for adults) that don’t need chopping like sugar snap peas, mange tout, baby sweetcorn and beansprouts. For vegetarians, I would add a handful of tofu or noodles to replace the chicken. I like marinating the chicken in garlic, ginger and chilli from the morning or night before if time to add depth of flavour too!


  12. June 18, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    You’re not supposed to cook on Fathers Day…but good for you! It looks super delicious!


  13. June 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Looks easy and delicious. thanks for the postal


  14. June 20, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    yum! Simple and delicious – just right for our busy mid week sports nights…(Phillipa)



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