Quick and Easy Sticky Chinese Chicken (or meat of choice)

Do you ever miss getting a takeaway while away camping? Or would you normally get a takeaway if staying at home for the weekend?

If so, why don’t you spice up your camping meals by adding this recipe to your repertoire. This delicious and easy Chinese inspired recipe will be a sure hit with your camping family/buddies. What’s better is it is a one-pot/pan meal. It can be made on the stove or on the multicooker.

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Sticky Chinese Chicken

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The best thing about this recipe is you can switch things up by choosing what meat and vegetables you will use. This means you can make it different each time you cook it and it will still taste amazing. Choose from chicken, beef, pork or gammon for your meat. Then add in some favourite vegetables.

We prefer to stick to 2 or 3 types of veg, this keeps the flavours simple and helps with the prep. Vegetables like mushrooms, spring onions, peppers, onions, baby corn, pak choi, broccoli, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots are all great additions.

The recipe below is for 2 servings so you can multiply or reduce depending on how many you are cooking for.


1- 2 Tbsp of oil or a few sprays of oil if you use this while camping.

2 chicken breasts or 250g meat of your choice (try beef strips, chopped pork belly or diced gammon steaks)

Vegetables – Add 1- 2 portions per person (a portion is roughly a handful)

Straight to wok noodles (if you don’t like noodles you could add some microwave rice)

For the marinade

1/2 tsp of Chinese Five Spice

2 tbsp of Honey

2 tbsp of Soy Sauce (reduced salt is best)


You can quickly prepare this at your campsite or you can choose to prepare in advance. We like this on our first night away and would normally prepare it at home before travelling.

If preparing at home prep your meat and put in the marinade. This can be stored and transported in a reusable silicone ziplock bag. You can also use these bags for your vegetables if you want to prepare them beforehand too.

The meat is best marinated for at least 20 minutes.

Make your marinade by combining the five-spice, honey and soy sauce. You can do this straight into the ziplock bag if making it beforehand.

Cube your meat into bite-size pieces and add to the marinade.

Slice your chosen vegetables. Again these can be stored until needed in the ziplock bags.


Once you are ready to start cooking get your pan or wok on and start to heat.

Add your oil or spray your pan well to prevent anything from sticking. Once hot start to add your meat of choice. Try to lift the meat out of the marinade and into the pan. Keep the marinade for later.

add chicken to pan
Add chicken or meat

Once your meat is in the pan or wok you want to completely seal it. Make sure the outside of the meat is cooked and starting to brown.

add in the vegetables
Add the vegetables

Once the meat is sealed you can add your vegetables to the pan. Cook along with your meat for around 4-5 minutes.

add the marinade
Add marinade

Add the remaining marinade and allow it to start to heat and thicken. As soon as you see it starting to thicken go ahead and add your noodles.

add the noodles
Add noodles

Cook all ingredients together for another minute or two tossing the ingredients or mixing them as it cooks. This will help to coat everything in the marinade and put a bit of colour on those noodles.

mix all ingredients
Mix all ingredients

Serve and enjoy!


Now that you have slaved over your meal for at least 10 – 15 mins, lol, simply sit back and enjoy.

Especially if you have cooked this on a campsite and have got all the other campers’ noses twitching. You will have them all thinking you are some kind of camp cooking guru. Don’t be surprised if you are asked for the recipe!

Liked this recipe? Why not try a few more.

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2 thoughts on “Quick and Easy Sticky Chinese Chicken (or meat of choice)”

  1. This recipe for the Sticky Chinese Chicken sounds great. I must warn that I am a terrible cook. It looks really simple to make with very little prep and cook times. Is it possible to freeze this meal either after prep or after cooking to transport to campsite/destination? In addition, does the cook time increase much by increasing the portion sizes?

    • Hi Canty, thanks for reading. Yes, you could prepare and freeze the meat and marinade together for transportation. Just remember to use fresh meat as you should never refreeze raw meats.

      The cooking time may go up by a minute or two if you are doubling the portions. As long as you ensure that your meat is well cooked. If you were in any doubt you could always use a food thermometer to check. One like this is handy for taking camping with you https://amzn.to/3jsLP5X


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