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This easy almond chicken recipe comes together in 30 minutes and is a healthy, delicious meal that the whole family will love. Fresh, crunchy veggies and crisp sliced almonds make this dish fast and filling. If you love healthy Asian meals like this one, be sure to try my sugar-free teriyaki chicken, easy chicken korma, spicy and flavorful Thai basil chicken, and Asian turkey meatballs, and drizzle it all with spicy mayo.
Why You’ll Love This Almond Chicken Recipe
- Delicious, flavorful sauce
- Tender chicken, crunchy veggies
- Made with simple ingredients
- Easy to make
- Ready in just 30 minutes
- Naturally healthy dinner
What Is Almond Chicken?
Crunchy almond chicken is a Chinese stir fry dish that is made with various vegetables, chicken breast, and of course, sliced almonds. They add a nutritious crunch to the dish.
Ingredients You’ll Need
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for almond boneless chicken recipe, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
For The Stir Fry:
- Avocado Oil – For frying. Olive oil also works great.
- Chicken Breast – Use boneless skinless chicken breasts. I like this brand, which is organic and delivered to my door, but any kind works. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs if you like. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
- Sea Salt & Black Pepper
- Onion – I used white onion, but you could also use yellow or red onion.
- Red Bell Pepper – Red bell pepper is great for color, but you could also use orange or yellow bell pepper.
- Snow Peas – I love snow peas, but you could also use snap peas if you can’t find snow peas. They might take slightly longer to cook.
- Almonds – These will need to be sliced, which you can do yourself, but I recommend buying pre-sliced like this for convenience. Slivered almonds are also fine to use.
- Green Onions – Look for bright green onions without any browning.
For The Sauce:
- Chicken Broth – I prefer homemade organic chicken broth. You can use low-sodium store-bought if you prefer and bone broth if you want a richer flavor.
- Coconut Aminos – This is a healthy, gluten-free substitute for soy sauce. You could use soy sauce if you don’t mind the gluten.
- Garlic – Use fresh garlic for best flavor or jarred garlic for convenience. If you want to substitute garlic powder, use 1/4 teaspoon to replace the 2 cloves in the recipe.
- Ginger – Fresh ginger adds the most flavor. To substitute ground ginger, use 1/4 teaspoon ground in place of the teaspoon of fresh.
- Black Pepper
How To Make Almond Chicken
This section shows how to make healthy Chinese almond chicken recipe with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Saute vegetables. Heat avocado oil in a large skillet. Saute the onion until translucent, then add the bell pepper and saute for a couple more minutes.
- Cook chicken. Add chicken pieces to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken is cooked through.
- Make stir fry sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together chicken broth, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, and black pepper. Add the mixture to the pan and simmer until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
FYI: I prefer not to use any thickeners here, but you can if you like.
The classic choice is to add 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch to the sauce mixture, or you can use a cornstarch substitute.
- Finish. Increase heat and add the snow peas, almonds, and chopped green onions. Stir fry for a few more minutes.
- Serve. Serve almond chicken stir fry over rice or cauliflower rice, and top with more green onions if desired.
Feel free to try a variation on the original vegetables or protein:
- Vegetables – Complimentary veggies you can add include mushrooms (cook with the onions), broccoli, celery, carrots, bamboo shoots, and water chestnuts.
- Protein – Swap the chicken for chicken thighs, beef, or shrimp.
- Nuts – Try cashews or peanuts instead of almonds.
- Store: Keep leftover stir fry in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
- Reheat: For best results, stir fry almond chicken on the stove, but you can also microwave it if needed.
- Freeze: Store chicken and vegetables in an airtight container in the freezer for 2-3 months.
What To Serve With Almond Chicken
This Chinese almond chicken recipe is already loaded with vegetables for a one-pan meal. But here are some ways to serve it:
- Rice – To make it more filling, serve over rice or cauliflower rice.
- Sauce – A drizzle of spicy mayo is also a delicious addition.
- Lettuce Wraps – Spoon the mixture into lettuce cups. Butter lettuce or large romaine leaves work well.
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In a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat, until shimmering. Add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes, until translucent. Add the bell pepper and cook for 2 more minutes.
Add the chicken pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk the sauce ingredients; chicken broth, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, and the black pepper.
Add the sauce to the pan and simmer over low heat for 10-12 minutes, until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
Increase the heat to medium-high. Add in the snow peas, almonds, and chopped green onions. Mix well and cook for 3 more minutes.
Serve over rice or cauliflower rice. Garnish with additional chopped green onions, if desired.
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