Monday, February 8, 2016

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Stir Fry

Tender bites of chicken, salty bacon, and crisp bell peppers are tossed in a fantastic sweet and spicy sauce to make this Spicy Chicken and Bacon Stir-Fry - get the recipe at
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Tender bites of chicken, salty bacon, and crisp bell peppers are tossed in a fantastic sweet and spicy sauce to make our all-time favorite stir-fry. When I made this stir-fry again last week, I decided it was way past time to update the photos.

For several years now, this has been Sean's go-to dinner to make when he's in charge of cooking. "Best Chinese food you've ever made" was my kids' verdict the first time we made this recipe. This is a very simple stir fry with outstanding results. It has been making regular appearances on our dinner menu for the past four years.

COOK'S NOTE: The key to stress-free stir-fry recipes is prepping everything in advance. Make sure that every ingredient is lined up next to the stove before you turn on the heat. The bulk of the prep time for this recipe is spent slicing and dicing the meat and vegetables, give yourself about 20 minutes for prep time. Once everything is assembled and ready to cook, the actual cooking time is just a few minutes.

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Stir Fry
recipe adapted from Everyday Food
Yield: 4-5 servings
(printable recipe)

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
1/2 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1-inch fresh ginger, cut into tiny matchsticks
2 bell peppers, any color, stemmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 bunch of green onions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon chili paste, we use Sambal Oelek
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce

In a large bowl, whisk together the arrowroot and the egg white. Toss the chicken pieces in this mixture and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar and chili paste and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook, stirring frequently, until they are crisp and browned, approximately 7 minutes. Drain all but 1-2 tablespoons of bacon grease and add the chicken and the ginger to the pan. Cook over high heat until browned, approximately 3-4 minutes. Add the bell peppers and green onions and stir to combine. Cook over high heat, stirring until crisp tender, about 2-3 minutes.

Add the soy sauce mixture and stir to combine. Cook about 2 minutes, until the sauce is thick enough to coat the meat and vegetables. Enjoy!

FREEZER MEAL: Let the stir-fry cool completely before transferring to an airtight container or freezer safe Ziploc bag. Thaw completely in the refrigerator before reheating in the microwave or on the stove-top.

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Stir-Fry - get the recipe at

Here are some more stir-fry dinners you might like:
Sticky Garlic Ginger Beef Stir-Fry by Foodie with Family
Salmon and Vegetables Stir Fry by Aggie's Kitchen


  1. Your household sure eats well. Those peppers are gorgeous! I hope you feel better soon, but it it looks like you're being well taken care of!

  2. A man who cooks is hard to find! Definite keeper!

  3. What a guy! He did good! This really looks delicious and like something my husband would like. I just printed it out.

  4. Looks and sounds mouthwatering delicious!!! Great job Mr. Barefeet. ; )

  5. That's a great idea! I love cooking with chicken thighs. This looks delicious. Was it too salty to eat on its own, or did you have it with a side of rice or veg?

  6. We skipped the rice and ate this on it's own. It would be delicious with rice as well though. If it had been a dinner instead of a lunch, I might have made some roasted vegetables or a salad to go with it. It was definitely not too salty by itself though.

  7. Mmmm yes please! I'll have three helpings. Looks deeelicious.

  8. I hope you feel better soon. This recipe has been bookmarked... it looks wonderful!

  9. Your honey is such a sweetie! Cookies AND dinners, wow. I am trying this out tonight, just gotta thaw the bacon!

  10. Mary,
    I hope you get to feeling much better soon. But maybe you should milk it awhile longer and let Hubs do the cooking so you can rest. He does GREAT!

  11. Do you want to know how my man cooks? With a phone book and credit card. This looks like a nice bit of pampering for you!

  12. Looks like a fresh, flavorful and delish stir fry.

  13. Yum, I love the colors in this stir fry.

  14. I never had bacon in a stir fry before but I like that idea! It looks like it turned out perfectly.

    Hope you are feeling better.

  15. Just wanted to let you know, hubby loved this!

  16. Marjie, you totally cracked me up! That would work for me too.

    Kelly, I'm glad he liked it!

  17. I've used bacon in stir fry before and it really does bring a whole other dimension to the meal! This sounds amazing.. can't wait to try it!

  18. We've made this several times. It is requested at least once a month now. Love it!

  19. Oh yes, how could this not be good! Thanks for the mention of my stir-fry!

  20. Would it be OK to leave out the chili paste, or is there something (milder) that can be substituted?

    1. You could use a lesser amount of chili paste or leave it out entirely if you don't want any heat at all. However, this stir-fry isn't crazy hot as it is written.