Easy Chicken Stir-Fry (without soy sauce)

This simple stir fry without soy sauce recipe is a perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe.

easy chicken stir fry without soy sauce
  • Sometimes you need to put dinner on the table and realize you don’t have an ingredient you need. In this instance, that ingredient is soy sauce. By combining citrus, garlic, and peanut butter, I’ve created a spicy and savory sauce that mimics soy sauce in a way that delivers a delicious dinner.

Growing up, I recall that one of my mom’s more popular dinners was stir fry. 

While I don’t remember a ton about what she put in her stir fry, I do remember the cabbage. 

I grew up in a small town in Alabama. We didn’t have bok choy or any variations of Chinese cabbage in our supermarkets (and I doubt they do today.) So Mom used cabbage.

A lot of cabbage.

And I remember loving it. She also used ample amounts of soy sauce, but when developing this recipe I found I had none on hand.

I improvised — just like I’m sure mom would’ve done — and came up with this simple recipe for the perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions about making a stir fry without soy sauce

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Orange juice
  • Fresh ginger
  • Sriracha
  • Peanut butter
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken breast, cut into pieces
  • Coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
  • Garlic, minced
  • Egg
  • Rice
  • Cashews
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Fresh Jalapeno
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easy chicken stir fry without soy sauce

Easy Chicken Stir-Fry (without soy sauce)

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  • Author: Regan Jones, RD
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 pound coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Toppings: Cashews, Chopped Cilantro, Sliced Jalapeno, and Lime Wedges (optional)


  1. Make stir-fry sauce by combining juices, ginger, Sriracha, peanut butter, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet or wok; add chicken and cook 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add coleslaw mix and garlic; sauté until cabbage is crisp-tender.
  3. Create a small well in the center of the pan; add the whisked egg. Gently scrambled the egg in the well, then incorporate into the stir-fry.
  4. Stir in sauce; mix well and cook until chicken is done. Top with cashews, cilantro, and lime wedges, if desired. Serve over rice.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stir-Fry

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