Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

This takeout-style chicken broccoli stir fry in savory Asian sauce is an easy 30-minute recipe worth adding to your weekday dinner menu. Learn how to make this easy stir-fry with juicy chicken, crispy broccoli, and a killer stir-fry sauce.

This take-out style Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry in a savory Asian sauce is an easy 30-minute recipe, worth adding to your weekday dinner menu. Pin

Take-out style Chicken broccoli stir fry made at home is always a healthier option. You will get to use fresh good quality ingredients and can pull off the dish in under 30 minutes. So a perfect recipe for busy days or if you are planning meal prep.

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Chicken and veggies have been paired for ages. I think it’s a fight between who comes out on top once you start cooking them together. On one hand, we have a great flavor absorber – the mighty chicken with its melt-in-mouth texture and on the other hand – the veggies, which are gifted with flavor in them. The challenge of the cook then is to get the balance in this great dance – for them to complement each other. Especially in such quick dishes, the sauce aids in this quest.

For some of the similar stir-fries, check out Quick Chicken Cabbage Stir-fry and Chicken And Green Beans Stir Fry. In this Thai Cashew Chicken Stir Fry, it’s the rich roasted cashews that vie for attention.

I love recipes where you can pair protein and veggies together. It makes the dish wholesome. Especially when you are making for your family, you gotta be sure it is nutritious. This chicken stir fry tastes as good as the one you get in Chinese restaurants. Juicy chicken breast, crispy bright broccoli, and the delicious brown sauce are loaded with aromatics like ginger and garlic. There is enough sauce to pour over the rice.

Chinese-American influence has given rise to the pairing of mild chicken with the bitter and earthy taste of broccoli. It is popular in savory dishes like this Creamy Garlic Chicken and Broccoli, in casseroles like Stovetop Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole and Quinoa Chicken Broccoli Casserole, and also in pastes, for which I have Chicken Broccoli Pasta and another one with a lemony twist.

This take-out style Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry in a savory Asian sauce is an easy 30-minute recipe, worth adding to your weekday dinner menu. Pin

Ingredients you need for chicken broccoli stir fry

  • Chicken– I have used Boneless chicken breast. Cut chicken breast into thin slices against the grains. We are then going to tenderize the chicken pieces so that it stays juicy and moist instead of turning dry. You can also use chicken thighs instead.
  • Broccoli– Crispy crunchy broccoli pairs well with chicken and the sauce. The broccoli needs to be green, fresh, and firm. The florets need to be compact. To check the freshness of the broccoli, see the bottom of the stem/stalk. It needs to be white and firm to the touch. Broccoli is not fresh if the bottom of the stalk is yellow or soft to the touch.
  • You can also use red bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, and snap peas.
  • Ginger & Garlic – Wish I could say you can substitute with garlic and ginger powder but fresh ginger garlic is a must for stir-fries. Use a garlic press to mince garlic. Use a spoon to clean the ginger and then a grater to grate the ginger.
Ingredients you need to make chicken stir fry. Pin

For stir-fry sauce

  • Soy Sauce– Good quality low-sodium soy sauce. If using regular soy sauce, then reduce the quantity at the beginning. Taste and add more if required towards the end.
  • Dark soy sauce – Dark soy sauce is deep in color with a sweeter taste and is less salty. I like to use dark soy sauce to give the dish a deep brown color. Use regular soy sauce instead.
  • Oyster Sauce– Gives a rich umami to the stir fry.
  • Shaoxing wine – If you are regularly into cooking Chinese recipes, it is worth buying a bottle of Shaoxing wine. It works like dry white wine in pasta dishes. Gives a depth of flavor to the dish.
  • Chicken Stock – Try using low-sodium chicken stock to control the overall saltiness of the dish. All the sauces mentioned above are salty enough. If you don’t have low-sodium chicken stock in hand, then use diluted stock instead.
  • Cornflour – To thicken the sauce.

Secret of a great Stir fry

Stir fry means frying rapidly over high heat while stirring briskly(wiki). Ideally, you use a carbon steel wok for the stir fries. It is worth investing in a wok, else use a large skillet so that you can toss easily without overcrowding the pan. Overcrowded pan results in steaming of the veggies and they will lose their crispiness.

‘Mise en place’ is the key to a good stir fry. This French origin word means ‘put in place‘. So before you even start the cooking, gather all the ingredients, prep, and keep everything measured and ready. Stir fry happens quickly. The idea is to cook everything on high heat.

Before you start heating the skillet keep the stir-fry sauce ready. Marinate chicken, blanch broccoli, and mince ginger garlic. Keep everything handy near the kitchen counter then start heating the wok/ skillet.

Steps to make Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

Chicken broccoli stir fry is easy and quick to make. Here is the step-by-step instruction with photos of the process.

Start with cutting chicken breast against the grain into thin slices. In stir-fries, especially when using chicken breast, chicken needs to be tenderized. Marinating chicken with oil and cornflour tenderizes the chicken and keeps it super juicy even after cooking. Even 15-20 minutes of resting time is enough.

Cut chicken breast to thin slices. then marinate to tenderise the meat. Pin

Cooking broccoli before stir fry? I prefer to blanch broccoli first, it hardly takes 1 minute. The best and easiest way to blanch broccoli is to dip a whole head of broccoli in a bowl of hot water and rest it for 1 minute. Put it in a bowl of ice-cold water. Drain well and cut into florets.

Quick and easiest way to blanch broccoli for chicken broccoli stir fry. Pin

Heat a wok well. Lightly coat the pan with oil. Sear chicken and remove. After sauteing ginger and garlic, add the sauce and bring it to a boil. Cooking the sauce along with aromatic makes the sauce flavourful. I prefer cooking down the sauce before adding chicken.

The last step is to add cooked chicken and broccoli florets. Also, add the cornflour Slurry. Toss everything on high heat for 1-2 minutes. The sauce will thicken and coat the chicken well.

Cook marinated chicken. In the same wok saute ginger and garlic until aromatic. Pin
Cook the stir fry sauce and then add chicken and broccoli back to the wok. Pin

Storing leftovers

Stir fry leftovers and store well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. The veggies might lose their crunch in the process of refrigerating and reheating. Reheat in a microwave until it’s warm enough.

Chicken broccoli stir fry also works great in meal prep. Choose meal-prep glass containers with a divider, so that the sauce doesn’t get mixed with rest. Pair it with white/brown rice or noodles. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion.

Chicken Broccoli Stir fry served with rice. Pin

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