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Ketchup chicken/yakisoba noodles

Ketchup Chicken (My Favorite 15 Minute Meal)

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: American


Ketchup Chicken is rich and savory and full of ketchup and garlic. Made in less than 15 minutes this chicken will become a family favorite. Even if you don’t like ketchup, you will love this!


1 1/2 lbs boneless chicken cut into 1″ chunks (I used white meat, but Mark Bittman prefers dark)

1/2 c flour or as needed

4 T canola oil

Salt and Pepper

2 T slivered garlic

1/4 tsp cayenne or sriracha mixed with 1 c ketchup

Peas, onions. and cilantro optional


Toss chicken with flour so that it is lightly dusted. Put 2 T oil in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, and turn heat to high. When oil smokes, add chicken in one layer. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

When chicken browns on one side, turn or toss and cook on other side. This shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes. Remove from pan. Turn off heat and let pan cool for a few minutes.

Add remaining oil to pan and turn heat to medium high. Add garlic and cook, stirring for about 2 minutes. Add ketchup and stir; cooking until ketchup bubbles and darkens slightly. Return chicken to pan and stir to coat with sauce. Taste and drool.

(Once I removed the chicken from the pan, I tossed in some slivered onion with the minced garlic and cooked that briefly. AFTER the ketchup chicken was finished, I put it in a bowl while I briefly warmed up a package of cooked yakisoba noodles and stirred then around until warm. This picked up the flavors of the ketchup and garlic and was yummy with the chicken.)

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