Jalapeño Chicken

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This jalapeño chicken recipe is a crowd pleaser. Skip the take out and make this easy, homemade recipe instead. Ready in 30 minutes. This is our favorite go-to weeknight recipe. Sweet, spicy and customizable and inspired by our favorite takeout spot.

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Why Make This Jalapeño Chicken Recipe

Jalapeño Chicken is spicy, sweet, and super satisfying. Add more jalapeños to make it spicer if you’d like, or cut them back to make it more mild YOU get to decide the heat.

This recipe is very versatile. I prefer it served over white rice with a side of steamed broccoli but it’s wonderful over a salad or in a wrap!

This meal is wonderful for meal prep. You can make it on a Sunday and enjoy it all week for lunch or dinner. The longer it sits the better the flavor gets.

Lots of aromatics and flavor in every bite. The ginger really takes it over the top and you are going to love it.

Ingredients Needed

 All the ingredients needed to make jalapeño chicken recipe on a counter in small bowls.
  • Chicken Breasts. I like to use high quality chicken breasts, you can also use chicken thighs if you’s prefer. Chopped into small 1 inch cubes equal in size.
  • Corn Starch. To help thicken the sauce and give the chicken a great texture you will love. You can also use arrow root in place of the cornstarch for a gluten free option!
  • Garlic. Chopped garlic cloves. I like to use fresh, it gives off a more aromatic flavor than the pre-minced jarred garlic.
  • Ginger. Chopped fresh ginger is best. You can find this in the produce section at most grocery stores. You can also use jarred or paste which will be in the international aisle at the grocery store.
  • Jalapeños. I use 2 -3 but if you want it more mild, only use one! Jalapeno is a main component in this recipe. It offers color and spice.
  • Brown Sugar. coconut sugar will also work! This helps to cut the heat from the jalapeño and balance out the saltiness by adding a deepened sweet flavor.

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card towards the bottom of this post. 

How To Make Jalapeño Chicken

Steps to make this recipe in a grey skillet with a wooden spatula.

Step One. Start to cook the rice if using, according to package instructions. Typically it takes about 20 minutes to make rice. Prepare the chicken by patting it dry with a paper towel and cubing into equal 1 inch size cubes.

Step Two. In a bowl, add corn starch, salt, and pepper and whisk well. Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add the chicken to the cornstarch bowl and mix well to ensure even coating. Add the chicken to the heated pan, brown on all the sides, about 7-8 minutes. Place chicken in bowl and set aside.

Skillet with jalapeño chicken recipe and sauce in it up close with a wooden spatula.

Step Three. In the same pan, add 1/2 tsp of oil if needed. Next, add chopped onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeño to the same skillet and sauté for about 3 minutes. In a medium sized bowl, whisk, water, soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and cornstarch slurry (mix the corn starch with the water and ad it to the sauce).

Step Four. Add the sauce to the skillet with the onion/garlic mix. Add the chicken back into the skillet with the onions, ginger and garlic. Keep it on medium/low heat. Bring the sauce to a simmer.

Step Four. Simmer the chicken and sauce for about 4-6 minutes or until sauce has thickened, and chicken is fully cooked and reached an internal temperature of 165º. Add optional sesame seeds for garnish and serve over rice and enjoy warm!

Grey ceramic bowl with jalapeño chicken recipe  and sauce served over rice with broccoli.

Jalapeño Chicken Recipe Variations

  • Protein Swaps. Tofu or shrimp would be good in place of chicken.
  • Veggie Swaps. Add broccoli or bell peppers to this dish to add more veggies.
  • Grain Swaps. Serve over quinoa, brown rice, salads or in a wrap. You can make this more keto friendly by serving over cauliflower rice.
  • If you can’t find fresh ginger, use a little ginger paste or ginger seasoning, found in the international aisle.
  • Control the level of spice! Add more or less jalapeños to this dish to help control the spice to your liking.

Chicken Breasts. Chicken thighs will work well as a substitute.

Brown Sugar. Maple syrup or honey will work in place of the sugar if needed.

Corn Starch. In addition to arrowroot, you can also batter the chicken in flour however it won’t give quite the same texture!

To Make this Gluten Free; Use amino acids or tamari in place of soy sauce. Use arrowroot in place of the corn starch.

Rice. Serve Jalapeño Chicken over brown rice, salad or you can add it to a wrap. Use any grain of choice!

Recipe FAQ’s

Is jalapeño chicken spicy?

This dish is a medium spice. It really depends on the jalapeño season! Use half of the jalapeño amount to keep it more mild and skip the red pepper flakes if you are serving kids or have a mild spice need.

Can I make this Jalapeño Chicken vegetarian ?

Make this dish vegetarian by swapping the chicken for tofu! Just adjust the cooking time a bit.

Can I make this recipe more healthy?

Make this more healthy by using coconut sugar or a calorie free brown sugar. Serve this over cauliflower rice to get more veggies into your diet.

Recipe Tips

Use Low Sodium Soy Sauce. Low sodium will help cut down the sodium amount.

If you Make It Too Spicy; don’t worry! Just add more brown sugar to the mix to help equal things out a bit.

Jalapeños Chicken Gets Spicy With Time. If you meal prep this, it will get a little more spicy with leftovers so keep that in mind when measuring jalapeños.

Serving Suggestions

This is great on it’s own or you can serve it with a few other asian dishes and have a “takeout style” night! I love it with Sweet Chili Shrimp. Asian Cabbage Salad, Cashew Chicken are other great options.

Make Ahead & Storage Tips

Storage. Use an airtight resealable container to store this recipe in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze for up to 2 months.

If you are making this ahead of time to cut down on cook time, make the sauce for the chicken prior to cooking. Store in a glass bowl with plastic wrap or seal. You can also pre4p chicken by cutting it up into cubes ahead of time.

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Grey bowl with jalapeño chicken and sauce in it served over rice with a fork.
5 from 7 votes

Jalapeño Chicken

This jalapeño chicken recipe is a crowd pleaser. Skip the take out and make this easy homemade recipe instead. Ready in 30 minutes.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup uncooked white rice, *or any grain of choice
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, bonless/skinless, *see notes
  • ½ cup corn starch , *see notes
  • ¼ tsp cracked black pepper
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 jalapeño, sliced, *see notes

Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger, chopped, *see notes
  • cup soy sauce , *see notes
  • cup water
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes , *optional!
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch + ¼ tsp water , *mixed together to make a slurry, see notes

Instructions 

  • Start to cook the rice if using, according to package instructions. Typically it takes about 20 minutes to make rice. Prepare the chicken by patting it dry with a paper towel and cubing into equal 1 inch size cubes. 
  • In a bowl, add corn starch, salt, and pepper and whisk well. Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Add the chicken to the cornstarch bowl and mix well to ensure even coating. Add the chicken to the heated pan, brown on all the sides, about 7-8 minutes. Place chicken in bowl and set aside.
  • In the same pan, add ½ tsp of oil if needed. Next, add chopped onion, garlic, ginger, jalapeño to the same skillet and sauté for about 3 minutes. In a medium sized bowl, whisk, water, soy sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and cornstarch slurry (mix the corn starch with the water and add it to the sauce – this is called a slurry). 
  • Add the sauce to the skillet with the onion/garlic mix. Add the browned chicken back into the skillet with the onions, ginger and garlic. Keep it on medium/low heat. Bring the sauce to a simmer. 
  • Simmer the chicken and sauce for about 4-6 minutes or until sauce has thickened, and chicken is fully cooked and reached an internal temperature of 165º. Add optional sesame seeds for garnish and serve over rice and enjoy warm!

Notes

*To make this less spicy, discard seeds and only use 1 jalapeño.  to make this more spicy, use 3 jalapeño with seeds and add in 1 tsp red pepper flakes. 
*use powders or ginger paste if you cannot find fresh ginger.
*you can sub tamari or amino acids in place. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5 cup | Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1506mg | Potassium: 1006mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 292IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 573
Keyword: 30 minute, Asian Inspired
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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe was DELICIOUS! Moved to a new area recently and haven’t found a Chinese/Thai place that I love. This has satisfied that craving for my husband and I. I’ll be making this weekly! Make it ASAP! You wont be disappointed!

    1. I am so happy to hear this is satisfying those cravings! Thank you greatly for coming back to let me know 😘😘😘

  2. 5 stars
    I never thought I could make something with this much flavor. Your step by step directions made it super simple!