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Overhead shot of a Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bowl garnished with lemon wedges on a blue surface with another smaller quinoa bowl, ramekin of sliced radishes, wine glasses and ramekin of sliced scallions surrounding the main bowl.
Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This Healthy Honey Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bowl is easy to prepare and can be ready in 30 minutes or less!  This skinny chicken is absolutely delicious and a great alternative to take out!

Course: entree
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: chicken, Healthy, honey, lemon, quinoa, stir-fry
Servings: 4
Calories: 251 kcal
Author: Cheyanne Holzworth
  • 1 TBS Oil neutral flavored such as vegetable or canola
  • 1 large Shallot finely diced
  • 1 pound Ground Chicken*
  • 1 tsp Ginger freshly grated
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • ½ Cup Unsalted Chicken Stock
  • ¼ Cup Lemon Juice freshly squeezed*
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1/3 Cup Honey
  • 1 TBS Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TBS Cornstarch
  • Pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes or more to taste (you can substitute Sriracha)
Optional For Serving: Lettuce, Quinoa (cooked according to package directions), Shredded Zucchini, Shredded Squash, Microgreens, Sliced Radishes, Sliced Green Onions, Sesame Seeds and Lemon Wedges
  1. Make the sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the sauce. Add in a teaspoon of sriracha or a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat, if desired. Set aside.
  2. Stir-fry:  Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes, or until softened. Add in the chicken and season generously with salt and pepper. Saute, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon, until almost golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.

  3. Add in the garlic and ginger. Cook until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add in the sauce and bring to a rapid simmer. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Taste and adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve: Divide the lettuce and quinoa between serving bowls and add the chicken. Top with shredded vegetables and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  1. The recipe calls for ground chicken, however you can substitute ground turkey if desired! To keep things extremely healthy and light, I used lean, all white meat ground chicken. With that said, the plain packaged combination of white and dark meat ground chicken will pack the most flavor and produce moister chicken. The recipe below is extremely flexible, and you should use whatever variety of ground chicken, or turkey, you like!
  2. I highly encourage you to squeeze fresh lemons for the juice required in the sauce. Bottled lemon juice does not taste as bright and lemony as fresh lemon juice. As well, if a strong lemon flavor is desired, increase the amount of lemon zest in the recipe from 1 lemon to 1 ½ -2 lemons.
  3. While I served my healthy honey lemon chicken as a quinoa grain bowl, the stir-fry chicken is also delicious served as a lettuce wrap! Simply nix the quinoa and pile the chicken into bibb, iceberg or romaine lettuce!