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This is a great dish for busy weeknights. It's easy to make and healthy, but it tastes like you spent more time in the kitchen than you did. The chicken goes well with broccoli and rice, or any other vegetables that

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How to broccoli chicken stir fry

This is a quick and easy recipe for a Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry that has just about the least number of ingredients you can get away with but still deliver a dish that stacks up to the best Chinese takeout! Plenty of savoury homemade stir fry sauce – because broccoli florets are a sponge for sauce plus I need extra for rice soaking. It’s essential!

Close up of saucy Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry, ready to be eaten

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Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

If you descended upon your local Asian Market armed with my Asian Market Shopping List and stocked up on the Level 1 essential sauces, you have the 3 sauces you need to make this.

How good is that!!?

And if your weekly grocery shopping is as predictable as mine, then chicken and broccoli made it into your trolley on the weekend.

Which means you’re armed and dangerous, ready to cook up this big batch Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry. Complete with extra sauce!

Overhead photo of Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

Big batch??

I call this a “big batch” Chicken Broccoli stir fry because most of my stir fry recipes tend to be made on a smaller scale serving 2 to 4 people max, being that crowding the pan = stewed veggies which is one of the greatest sins of stir frying.

We don’t have that problem with this one because we steam the broccoli first before making the stir fry as it won’t cook in the short time it’s on the stove. So we can crowd the pan and make a big batch that easily serves 5, possibly even 6!

Also, broccoli holds up better than most vegetables with leftovers, so this is a terrific meal prep option (which I normally don’t recommend for stir fries) which is why I don’t mind having leftovers.

What you need for Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

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Here’s what you need for this minimalist stir fry!

What goes in Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

  • Cooked broccoli – as noted above. Steamed or boiled, whichever you prefer.

  • Chicken – breast or thigh. If you’re using breast and want to add a wow factor, tenderise the chicken using this secret Chinese restaurant method for “velveting chicken”;

  • Soy sauce – use either light soy sauce or all purpose soy sauce. Do not use dark, flavour will be much too intense;

  • Chinese cooking wine OR Mirin – used by the gallon in Chinese restaurants, it’s the secret ingredient that makes stir fry sauces so good. Mirin or dry sherry are perfect substitutes, see recipe notes for non alcoholic option;

  • Oyster sauce – adds a stack of flavour and a touch of sweet. Vegetarian option: Use Vegetarian Oyster Sauce, it’s pretty good! Ayam is a good brand, sold at large everyday grocery stores. Also, here’s a homemade Vegetarian Oyster Sauce recipe by Omnivore’s Cookbook, a Chinese recipe website. I was extremely impressed with it;

  • Sesame oil (toasted) – for a lovely hint of sesame flavour;

  • Cornflour/cornstarch – to thicken the sauce and make it shiny and glossy; and

  • Garlic and onion – stir fries rarely happen without these two essential flavour bases.

How to make Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

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It comes together in about 5 minutes on the stove, so make sure you have everything chopped, next to the stove, ready to toss in. This can be made in a (large!) wok though I find it easier just to use a skillet for this particular stir fry because it makes a big batch.

How to make Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

This recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups of water which sounds like a LOT! But extra sauce is essential here because the broccoli florets are a sponge for sauce.

Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry served over rice, ready to be eaten

Serve it over rice though if you’re pushing through a low carb phase, then try cauliflower rice instead. It really is not as bad as you think, it’s got a very neutral flavour and the tasty stir fry sauce does wonders to disguise any remnant of cauliflower flavour.

Also another good low carb option is Egg Foo Young (Chinese Omelette) which you could make then smother with this Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry instead of making the Egg Foo Young brown sauce.

And for fellow chicken and broccoli tragics, see below the recipe card for a somewhat lengthy list of various other chicken and broccoli this-and-that recipes I’ve shared. – Nagi x

PS I say “tragics”, but being that broccoli is a powerhouse veggie, we should give ourselves a pat on the back for packing so much broccoli into our diets! 💪🏼

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