6-Ingredient Chinese Chicken

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This chicken will be on your plate faster than than your delivery guy can make it to your front door.

Tips for Navigating the Chinese Take-Out Menu

It’s after 6pm. You’re struggling through rush hour, trying to make it home in time to fit in a workout, throw in a load of laundry, and maybe watch the latest episode of Scandal. How can you possibly be expected to cook dinner, too? You sigh, envisioning another evening rifling through the stack of takeout menus in your drawer, choosing a heavy, greasy, sodium-filled meal made with ingredients you don’t entirely recognize. It may taste good at first, but after the first few bites, you’ll be feeling weighed down and just a bit guilty.

But your evening doesn’t have to go down that road! At Skinny Ms., we’re happy to provide our readers with healthy, clean eating versions of their favorite takeout entrees. Our 6-Ingredient Chinese Chicken is made with only healthy ingredients, and because it contains only six ingredients, it’s a cinch to shop for and prepare. It’s a perfect weeknight dinner, even on those nights when you’re schedule feels hectic.

Our marinade is so packed with flavor, it only needs 20 minutes in the fridge to flavor your chicken. Mix together light soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chili sauce, and minced ginger, coat your chicken, and let sit while you look through the mail or water your plants. Your lean, protein-rich chicken breasts only need a few minutes of cooking, and then you can add them to any whole grain you like for a complete and satisfying meal. We like to add a side of bok choy or broccoli for an extra dose of green!

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6-Ingredient Chinese Chicken

This chicken dish is a perfect substitute for those unhealthy takeout options and with very few ingredients, dinner will be served in no time.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 0.75 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine Chinese
Author SkinnyMs.



  • 1 tablespoon ginger peeled and minced (about 1 inch ginger root)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce or chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lite soy sauce


  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts sliced horizontally and then into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil


  • Whisk together the marinade. Put the chicken pieces in a bowl and toss well to coat evenly with marinade. Cover and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
  • Add canola oil to a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot and shimmering (but not smoking) add the chicken pieces. Cook the chicken for 3- 5 minutes until cooked through and the juices run clear. If the chicken pieces are larger, cook longer.
  • Serve over brown rice, brown rice noodles, or quinoa. Garnish with chopped cilantro or chopped scallions, if desired.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.75cup | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 255mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Diabetic-Friendly, Low-Carb, Paleo

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  1. i order the Slow Cooker Recioe Book have not received it. Is there Site i go to to download it?
    Thanks for your help

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    1. The points are only for the 6-Ingredient Chinese Chicken. If you serve it with a grain, there will be additional points.

  2. I made this tonight for dinner. It was excellent. Before I put the chicken in the pan I sauted some red peppers and sliced mushrooms and then added the chicken. I didn’t add rice or noodles but had cauliflower rice instead. OMGoodness it was fantastic! Thank you for a great low carb dinner.

  3. I made this tonight with shrimp and added some broccoli and sweet peppers. It really did come together quickly and was very tasty. It had enough kick from the chili sauce and the sauce flavor was yum. Will definitely make again!

  4. I am new to figuring out points. Do the points come from the marinade since chicken breasts are zero points now?

    1. Connie, Do you have a different email address than the one you listed? This email has already been added. Maybe check your Spam folder for the newsletter. Could that be the problem? 🙂

  5. Will it hurt anything to mix up a batch to put in the fridge and then take out a serving st a time to cook fresh? Will it hurt the chicken to be in the marinade for a few days?

    1. I would only marinate chicken (in general – for any recipe, not just this one) for up to 24 hours.

  6. Sounds wonderful. I have had really good luck putting meat in ziplock bag with marinade and putting into freezer. When I remove it, I put in refrigerator to thaw and then cook (or put bag in cold water for a little while, and then cook). This should work for small meals, I would think.

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