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Chopped Pork Bites with Garlic Honey

April 24, 2022 | Author: Ashley McCrary

These easy chopped pork bites are smothered in tangy garlic honey sauce with a little kick of spice. The perfect appetizer for any occasion! Gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free.

a closeup of pork bites in a large bowl

Are you looking for an easy appetizer that everyone will love? Enter, my new favorite: chopped pork bites with garlic honey sauce. These tangy-sweet pork bites have the perfect amount of kick, with a sweet honey finish. Eat one, or many, and enjoy! Did I mention they’re pretty healthy too?!

chopped pork bites smothered in a garlic honey sauce in a white bowl on a wooden cutting board with toothpicks next to it

What Makes This Recipe Work

I’m all about food that feeds a crowd, and I just love easy, creative appetizers that pack in tons of flavor. These chopped pork bites are exactly that. They cook up in no time and are smothered in the most delicious garlic honey sauce.

Whether you serve them on top of a salad, or with a toothpick for an appetizer, these protein-packed bites will be a favorite in no time!

How to Make This Recipe

Ingredient Notes

Chopped Pork Bites

Pork Loin: For this recipe I use boneless pork, fat cap removed, and cut it into 2” pieces.

Olive Oil: You can also use avocado oil if you wish.

Salt and Pepper: To taste.

ingredients needed to make chopped pork bites with garlic honey sauce in metal and white bowls

Garlic Honey Sauce

Garlic: You can mince fresh garlic or use a jar of minced garlic, whichever you prefer.

Honey: You can also use sugar-free syrup for keto

Dried Chili Flakes: Use more or less depending on your preferred spice level.

Chicken Broth: You can also use chicken stock or chicken bone broth.

Coconut Aminos: You can find these at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods, and other local grocery stores.

Xanthan Gum: This is a thickening agent for the sauce. Feel free to sub tapioca starch if that is what you have on hand.

steps to make pork bites with garlic honey

Step by Step

  1. Cook the Pork: Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chopped pork bites in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side until the edges are crispy and browned and the internal temperature is 145F. Be sure to drain any excess liquid. This will help get that nice crisp. Remove the pork from the skillet and set them aside.
  2. Sautèe the Garlic: Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, around 30 seconds.
  3. Make the Garlic Honey Sauce: Add the chicken broth, coconut aminos, honey, and red pepper flakes. Whisk together and heat for a minute or two. Add the xanthan gum and stir in until smooth and thick, about 30 seconds.
  4. Combine: Add the chopped pork back to the skillet and toss until evenly coated.

Mac’s Pro Tips

Alternative Protein: While I love these with chopped pork, you could also use chicken or steak. The sauce is delicious on any meat, including shrimp!

Keto-Option: To make this recipe keto, simply replace the honey with a sugar-free honey alternative like Lakanto Syrup, or one of your favorites!

a closeup shot of garlic honey pork bites in a white bowl with one toothpick skewered through three cubed pieces

Chopped Pork Bites with Garlic Honey: FAQs

Is this recipe keto-friendly?

Yes! Just substitute the honey for a keto-friendly syrup or sugar-free syrup. If you make this substitution, a serving is 284 calories, 5 net carbs, and 33 grams of protein!

What else can I use the garlic honey sauce for?

This garlic honey is such a delicious sauce for chicken, shrimp, and other proteins. It would even go great with stir-fried veggies. It’s easy to whip up and absolutely delicious!

Are these pork bites healthy?

Yes! These are low in carbs and packed with protein!

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a closeup of pork bites in a large bowl

Chopped Pork Bites with Garlic Honey

These easy chopped pork bites are smothered in tangy garlic honey sauce with a little kick of spice. The perfect appetizer for any occasion! Gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 3.5 pounds boneless pork loin, fat cap removed, cut into 2” pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 67 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup honey or sugar-free syrup for keto
  • ½ teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum

Instructions

  1. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chopped pork in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side until the edges are crispy and browned and the internal temperature is 145F. Be sure to drain any excess liquid. This will help get that nice crisp. Remove the browned pork from the skillet and set them aside.
  2.  Add the minced garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, around 30 seconds.
  3. Add the chicken broth, coconut aminos, honey, and red pepper flakes. Whisk together and heat for a minute or two. Add the xanthan gum and stir in until smooth and thick, about 30 seconds.
  4.  Add the pork back to the skillet and toss until evenly coated.
  5. Enjoy!

Notes

Alternative Protein: While I love these with pork, you could also use chicken or steak. The sauce is delicious on any meat, including shrimp!

Keto-Option: To make this recipe keto, simply replace the honey with a sugar-free honey alternative like Lakanto Syrup, or one of your favorites!

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Main Dish/ Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: chopped pork, garlic honey sauce, pork bites


 

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!