Some of my favorite meals to prepare happen to be ones with simple ingredients, minimal prep, and of course amazing flavor! If you’re shaking your head in agreement with me, you’re in luck! I’ve got another mouthwatering recipe that you’ll want to make tonight! This Vegan Honey Butter Garlic Chicken is a winner and I know your friends and family will love it too!
Veganizing a Traditionally Non-Vegan Recipe:
By now you may be wondering how in the world I’ve managed to veganize a meal with descriptors that are totally non-vegan. Well first, I’ve swapped traditional honey for agave. If you’re new to the vegan/plant-based world, you may not be familiar with it (I wasn’t either).
However, in most cases it makes for a great substitute. Like honey, agave is sweet in flavor and has a similar consistency. I’ve been able to find it at most grocery stores. As for the butter, I use a plant-based alternative as well. My husband who is non-vegan enjoys it as much as I do!
Last but not least is the chicken. I knew that if I was going to successfully pull off this meal, I would need to find a legit chicken substitute. These days, there are tons of new vegan meat substitute offerings available to consumers, but I’m so glad I chose the Mindful Chik’n Strips from Sweet Earth Foods! Not only are they vegan, they’re free from GMOs, hormones, antibiotics, and fats. You can find them at the following stores:
- Giant Eagle
- Stop N Shop
- Giant Martins
- Giant Foods
- Heb (December)
- Meijer (Dec/Jan)
What’s cool about this Mindful Chik’n is that it’s ready to go whether it’s been refrigerated or frozen! Yep, you read that right. When I was testing this recipe, I initially planned to remove them from the freezer and place them in the fridge the night before. Unfortunately I forgot, so I decided to move forward with the recipe testing with the chik’n in its frozen state. I’m happy to report that it was a success!
Preparing the Vegan Honey Butter Garlic Chicken:
This Vegan Honey Butter Garlic Chicken is ready in under 30 minutes. Because the cooking process moves so quickly, I would recommend having all of the ingredients measured out ahead of time. This way you’re prepared!
As you can see from the recipe card, the process is pretty straightforward. You’ll begin with sautéing the garlic over medium-low heat, then adding in the agave and Mindful Chik’n. This step is followed by adding in the remaining ingredients, some peppers, and before you know it you’re ready to eat!
Whenever I look at these pictures, I always swoon over how lovely the Mindful Chik’n browned with the caramelized sauce. Interested in the same results? The trick to this is to remember it’s necessary to increase the heat when adding in the sauce ingredients after sauteing the garlic. The increased temperature allows the sauce to thicken and the Chik’n to brown. I also made this in a cast-iron skillet which is perfect for recipes like these!
Also, if you’re planning to pair this Vegan Honey Butter Garlic Chicken with rice (try this easy fried rice!) I would recommend making it ahead of time or before you start making this recipe. You’ll definitely thank yourself for it later! After you’re done preparing this meal you’ll want to devour it STAT!
Are you drooling yet? I sure am. Go ahead and give this Vegan Honey Butter Garlic Chicken recipe a try and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!
This post was sponsored by the wonderful people over at Sweet Earth Foods!
Vegan Honey Butter Garlic Chicken
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 3 tbsp vegan butter
- 4 tbsp agave
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- ½ green pepper or more to taste
- 1 package Sweet Earth Mindful Chik'n
- 1-2 tbsp oil of choice I used olive oil
- chopped green onion for garnish optional
- rice for serving optional
- In a cast iron pan over medium-low heat, begin warming the oil. Once warmed, add in the minced garlic and saute until fragrant.
- Next, add in the vegan butter and agave. Now increase the temperature to medium high so that it begins to boil.
- Stir in one package of the Sweet Earth Mindful Chik'n and coat with the sauce. Now stir in the salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, and soy sauce. Allow the Chik'n to brown on most sides (about 5-7 minutes). Toward the end, add in your diced bell pepper and combine. Let cook for 2-3 minutes and serve with rice or quinoa.
- Plate and enjoy!