Looking for a quick and easy recipe for a weekday dinner meal? This almond chicken is a super tasty Chinese stir-fry recipe—it’s easy to make, comes together quickly, and is healthy too!
Almond chicken is an easy and delicious way to get dinner on the table quickly. And the best part? It is made with fresh veggies, almonds, and a delicious sauce.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe?
Stir fry is a great way to get dinner on the table fast I especially like it because it is a very flexible style of cooking and fairly healthy and this almond chicken is all of those things.
You can go to the refrigerator, see what you’ve got, and use it in a stir fry. Just grab the veggies you have on hand and some type of meat, do a little chopping, mix up a sauce and you’ve got a delicious dinner ready in 30 – 40 minutes.
Easy Almond Chicken Stir Fry Ingredients
Meat – Boneless, skinless chicken breast is my go-to meat for stir fry but I have also used pork or beef. You could also use chicken thighs or chicken tenders if you prefer.
Veggies – For this recipe, I used celery, carrots, red pepper, and mushrooms. I also like broccoli, snow peas, and asparagus. Use what you have on hand.
Nuts – I love a little crunch in my stir-fry. Instead of almonds, you could also use cashews or peanuts. I toasted whole almonds for this dish.
Stir Fry Sauce – You will need chicken broth, cooking sherry (see notes for a substitute), cornstarch to use as a thickener and also as a coating on the chicken, soy sauce, salt, and sugar.
Egg – This is part of the coating on the chicken. I have also written an article on Treat Yourself to the Delightful Taste of Chocolate Almond Milk.
How to Make Almond Chicken Recipe?
Stir Fry Sauce
Whisk together chicken broth, 2 tbsp sherry or substitute, 1 1/2 tbsp of cornstarch, sugar and soy sauce, and ginger in a small bowl.
Bring to a boil in a saucepan and allow to boil for 5 minutes It will thicken.
Place chicken into 2 tbsp sherry or substitute, 1 Tbsp cornstarch, egg white, and salt. Allow sitting while you chop the vegetables.
Heat oil in a wok or frying pan. Add chicken mixture and cook until light brown.
Depending on the size of the wok or pan you may need to do it in batches. You want it in a single layer.
I like to give my nuts a toss into the oil left in the frying pan. Just stir them around a bit until they start to brown and are lightly toasted.
Stir Fry Vegetables
Add in carrots (add more oil if needed) and cook until crisp and tender.
Toss in the celery, mushroom, and red pepper and cook until tender.
Add chicken and nuts back in.
Pour in the sauce and stir to coat until everything is hot.
Drain on a paper towel and repeat until all chicken is cooked. So tasty!
How do I Store Leftovers?
To freeze: Use a freezer-safe dish, and freeze it up for 3 months.
To reheat: I usually reheat it in the microwave until it is warm but you could also add it into a pan and heat it over medium heat for a few minutes. You can read more about Strawberry Milk Dunks – A Delicious and Refreshing Treat.
Almond Chicken Recipe Tips and Tricks
Ensure to cut the meat into uniform pieces so that way it is cooked evenly.
Also, this recipe works well with either chicken breasts or thighs. Therefore, use whatever you like the most, or alternate between the two.
Use low-sodium soy sauce so you can control the saltiness.
In addition, feel free to swap the freshly minced garlic with garlic powder.
Is Almond Chicken Good For Weight Loss?
Yes, almond chicken can be good for weight loss. It’s a nutritious, low-calorie food that can help fill you up so you eat less throughout the day. Almond meal is a good source of healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals that keep you feeling full and energized while also helping to stabilize blood sugar levels.
It also contains B vitamins, iron, and zinc which can help boost your metabolism, making it easier to burn off calories.
Plus, its low glycemic index makes it a good option for those wanting to lose weight as it helps to reduce cravings for sugary and unhealthy snacks. Another on High Protein Dinner Recipes For Busy People.
Is it High in Calories?
Yes, almond chicken is high in calories. One cup of almond meal contains 574 calories. The almond meal also contains a high amount of fat and protein – 37 grams of fat and 21. 5 grams of protein per cup, respectively.
Additionally, almond meal is a good source of dietary fiber, with 9. 5 grams per cup. Furthermore, almond meal provides a variety of important minerals and vitamins, such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and vitamins E and B-6.
Given its high caloric content, the almond meal should be consumed in moderation and paired with a healthy diet and regular exercise, as it can help contribute to weight gain if consumed in larger quantities. You can get more from this video.
How Much Almond Chicken Should I Eat A Day?
The amount of almond chicken you should eat each day will depend on your dietary goals and needs. Generally, consuming 25-50g of almond meal per day can help increase nutrient intake and provide a healthful boost to the diet.
However, if you have specific dietary needs (such as managing cholesterol or managing diabetes), it would be best to speak with a registered dietitian or healthcare professional to make sure an almond chicken is suitable for you.
I hope you will try this memorable chicken recipe. If you like it then do not forget to know me in the comment section.
Leave out the chicken and add more veggies or substitute the chicken for tofu.
It is! Since we are involving cornstarch as a thickener it is without gluten.