Chicken and broccoli stir fry is an easy recipe for a quick healthy weeknight meal.  This low carb one pot Chinese meal is simple, cheap, and gluten free.  Your family will love this tasty stir fry with its honey sesame sauce.  The best part is this simple meal can be prepped ahead of time, for a lightning fast main course for your most busy nights.

Prep Time: 45 minutes
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Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Looking for a quick, healthy weeknight meal?  We’ve got your back.  This chicken and broccoli stir fry recipe can be prepped 100% in advance for your busiest nights.  Forget the crock pot and prep this meal idea instead!  You’ll be able to serve your family a home-cooked Chinese dinner in a flash.  Trust me, it’s better and healthier than take out.  Select the highest quality ingredients, and let’s get cooking!

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What’s the basic formula for a stir fry?

  • Protein: chicken, beef, pork or shrimp
  • Fresh Vegetables: for color, texture and crunch.
  • Nuts (Optional): peanuts, cashews, walnuts or almonds
  • Sauce: Stir to coat the meat and vegetables.
  • Starch: rice, Asian noodles, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or zoodles
  • Garnish (Optional): toasted sesame seeds or green onion

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How do you cut chicken for stir fry?

  • Pat it dry with paper towel.
  • Have it slightly frozen to help with cutting.
  • Cut against the grain.
  • Cube it up in bite sized pieces or cut into thin strips.

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What kind of sauce do you put in a stir fry?

Here’s a few different sauces you can try in a stir fry.

  • Thickening Sauce: slurry of water and cornstarch or arrowroot – 1:1 ratio.
  • Basic Sauce: honey, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar
  • Teriyaki: brown sugar, honey, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce
  • General Tso’s: sugar, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar
  • Kung Pao: balsamic, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, hoisin sauce
  • Sweet and Sour: salt, sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, apple cider vinegar

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Can chicken and broccoli stir fry be made ahead?

  • Prep all the ingredients in advance, and it will only take 12 minutes to cook and serve fresh.
  • If you plan on cooking it in advance, undercook the broccoli and make the sauce thinner (use less cornstarch or more water in the sauce).
  • Reheat the stir fry in a hot skillet on the stovetop (or in a microwave at half power) to prevent overcooking.

How do you make Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry?

Gather all the ingredients for the stir fry.

ingredients for chicken and broccoli stir fry

Measure the ingredients for the sauce.

sauce ingredients for chicken and broccoli stir fry

Mince the garlic and ginger, slice the scallions, and cut up the broccoli and chicken.

ingredients for chicken and broccoli stir fry

Heat up 3 tablespoons of oil in the skillet, then cook the chicken until no longer pink.  Transfer the chicken to a clean bowl.

cooking chicken for chicken and broccoli stir fry

Add the last tablespoon of oil to the skillet, and saute the scallions, ginger and garlic.

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Add the broccoli stems.

frying broccoli stems for chicken and broccoli stir fry

Add the broccoli florets and water.  Cook until the broccoli is a bright green, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze it.

cooking the broccoli for chicken and broccoli stir fry

Whisk the honey, soy sauce, sesame oil and cornstarch together.

whisking the sauce for chicken and broccoli stir fry

Add the chicken back to the skillet and make a hole in the center.  Pour in the sauce, and let it boil and thicken.  If necessary, add water to thin it.

cooking the sauce for chicken and broccoli stir fry

Mix the sauce with the chicken and broccoli.  Serve hot over fresh jasmine rice.

stirring chicken and broccoli stir fry in a skillet

Pro Tips:

  • Start the jasmine rice at the same time as the stir fry.
  • Don’t want a starch?  Use quinoa, cauliflower rice, or zoodles.
  • Want to marinate the chicken first?  Use salt, pepper, and toasted sesame oil.
  • Want to make it gluten free?  Sub arrowroot for cornstarch and Tamari for soy sauce.
  • Want to spice up it up?  Use cumin, ground ginger, or red chili flakes.
  • Looking for other fresh veggies?  Try sliced carrots, bell pepper, zucchini, and mushrooms.
  • Want other add-ins?  Try water chestnuts, baby corn, or bamboo shoots.
  • Want to add nuts? Try cashews, walnuts, peanuts, or almonds.
  • Want a different meat?  Try shrimp, flank steak, pork tenderloin.
  • Want a garnish? Try toasted sesame seeds or scallions.

Chicken and broccoli stir fry is the answer to your weeknight dinners: it’s healthy, fast, and can be prepped in advance.  If you’re staying away from starches, eat it plain or serve it over quinoa, cauliflower rice, or zoodles.  However you choose to eat it, it will fill you up and satisfy your dinner cravings for Chinese take out.

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Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 57 minutes
  • Yield: 5 cups 1x

Description

Chicken and broccoli stir fry is an easy recipe for a quick healthy weeknight meal.  This low carb one pot Chinese meal is simple, cheap, and gluten free.  Your family will love this tasty stir fry with its honey sesame sauce.  The best part is this simple meal can be prepped ahead of time, for a lightning fast main course for your most busy nights.


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Ingredients

For the Stir Fry

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large skinless boneless chicken breasts, thinly sliced and cut into strips
  • 4 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup white and green scallions, cut on the bias
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 2 large bunches of broccoli, cut into florets, trim the stems and slice (keep separate)
  • 1/2 cup water

For the Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seed oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet set over medium high heat.  When the oil is hot, add the chicken.  Sprinkle with salt.  Stir constantly, until the chicken is no longer pink inside, about 4 minutes.  Transfer chicken to a bowl.
  2. Add the last tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet.  Let the oil heat up, then add the scallions and ginger.  Stir continuously for 1 minute, then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  3. Add the broccoli stems and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly, then add the broccoli florets.  Pour in 1/2 cup of water and scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden turner to deglaze the pan.  Continue to cook until the broccoli has turned a bright green, roughly 2 minutes, then mix in the chicken.
  4. Whisk the honey, sesame seed oil, soy sauce, and corn starch in small bowl.  Use a wooden spoon to make a hole in the center of the stir fry, then pour the sauce in the center of the skillet.  Let the sauce boil and thicken.  If necessary, add more cornstarch the sauce to thicken it, or water to thin it.
  5. Mix the sauce into the stir fry and serve immediately over hot white or brown rice, Asian noodles, quinoa, cauliflower rice or zoodles.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: chicken, stir fry, recipes

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