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Chicken Pepper Stir-Fry

I challenged myself one day to create a sweet and spicy stir-fry using only the ingredients I had on hand. It had to be sweet yet tangy for our liking. I think I have finally mastered this dish.—Kelly Baumgardt, Seymour, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 each small green, sweet red and sweet yellow pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cubed
  • 3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  • In a large skillet, stir-fry peppers and onion in 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until crisp-tender, 5-7 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, stir-fry chicken and Cajun seasoning in remaining oil until no longer pink, 7-9 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, water, lemon juice, mustard, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce; pour over chicken. Return pepper mixture to the pan; cook and stir until combined and sauce has thickened, 1 minute. If desired, serve with rice.

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  • Jennifer
    Jun 11, 2020

    Just googling for a recipe with the ingredients in my refrigerator and found this. So simple but delicious. Perfect midweek meal. I'm looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch. And I added toasted almonds because I'm in a toasted nut phase right now and they added a nice texture and depth. Thanks!

  • Mary
    Jan 19, 2020

    Amazing! If you can get your hands on Fuller's Mustard ( from Virginia) use in place of the honey mustard. I make this a least once a month and hubby and I polish off every time! I'm going to double next time so I can have leftovers! Didn't have rice one night so used angel hair pasta, wonderful!!!

  • annlindblad
    Jun 10, 2018

    This was a little fussy to make, but tasty. Husband really liked it and "would have again" --

  • katlaydee3
    May 6, 2018

    Delicious! I made this exactly as written and served it over white rice with chicken egg rolls on the side.

  • Pamella
    Jun 4, 2017

    Very good taste!! My whole family loved it and told me to make it a "keeper." I used McCormick Perfect Pinch Caribbean Jerk seasoning because I didn't have Cajun seasoning, and added fresh cubed pineapple when I added the sauce. Yummy!

  • millsapm
    Oct 20, 2015

    Pretty good. I would probably add some broccoli if I made it again.

  • Lynn0365
    Jul 26, 2015

    A hit with my family! I've made it twice and on the second time, I didn't add as much brown sugar so I added a drained can of pineapple chunks. WOW!! Delish

  • germanycook
    Aug 6, 2014

    Made this tonight with turkey strips.... and it was SO yum! The sauce was just the right mix of tangy/salty/sweet.

  • slmendez
    Jan 14, 2013

    No comment left

  • brunosmom21
    Oct 6, 2012

    Loved, loved, loved this dish. Thanks so much Kelly for submitting this recipe.