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This is a great recipe for chicken stir fry that will leave your family asking for more. The sauce can be made in advance and stored in the fridge, so it's ready when you need it.

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How to make a sauce for chicken stir fry

This recipe for chicken and broccoli stir fry is a classic dish of chicken sauteed with fresh broccoli florets and coated in a savory sauce. You can have a healthy and easy dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

There’s nothing better than a good stir fry, I always make honey garlic chicken stir fry, teriyaki shrimp and this easy chicken and broccoli dish.

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Chicken and broccoli stir fry with mushrooms, all coated in a savory sauce.

There’s nothing better than a quick and easy dinner recipe for when you don’t have a lot of time to cook, and this chicken and broccoli stir fry definitely fits the bill. This dish tastes like something you’d order at a Chinese restaurant, except it’s better for you (and cheaper!).

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A skillet of chicken and broccoli stir fry with a spatula in it.

How do you make chicken and broccoli stir fry?

This recipe starts with broccoli and mushrooms, which are sauteed to tender perfection along with some garlic and ginger. After the veggies are cooked through, the chicken goes into the pan to brown. The final step is an easy sauce which gets poured over the chicken and vegetables to simmer. Add some steamed rice on the side and dinner is served!

Broccoli florets and sliced mushrooms on a cutting board.


The best way to cook chicken for stir fry is to season it with salt and pepper, then sear it in oil in a hot pan until browned and cooked through. Be careful not to overcrowd your pan; if you add too much meat at once, the chicken will steam instead of brown.

Sauteed chicken pieces, broccoli florets and mushrooms in a pan.


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Most stir fry sauces are made with soy sauce, garlic, and other seasonings such as sesame oil, ginger, rice vinegar, chicken broth or chili sauce. One important component of stir fry sauce is a thickening agent, such as cornstarch. A thicker sauce will cling better to your chicken and vegetables. This recipe calls for oyster sauce, which is a salty Asian sauce that can be found in the ethnic aisle of most grocery stores. If you can’t find oyster sauce or prefer not to use it, you can substitute hoisin sauce.

A stir fry of chicken broccoli and mushrooms in a skillet with a spatula.

Tips for chicken and broccoli stir fry

  • I like to start a pot of rice at the same time as I start my chicken stir fry – the rice will be done at the same time as your meat and veggies and you’ll have a complete meal in 30 minutes.
  • Not a fan of mushrooms? You can add more broccoli instead, or try some sliced carrots.
  • This recipe can easily be doubled and is a great meal prep option.
  • For a different flavor, you can use shrimp or even thinly sliced flank steak instead of the chicken.

A spatula scooping chicken and broccoli stir fry out of a pan.

My family has already requested that I make this chicken and broccoli stir fry again soon, I think next time I may switch out the mushrooms for bell peppers to add a little variety – that’s the beauty of this type of dish, it’s so easy to customize to your personal taste!

More great Asian food recipes

  • Sesame Chicken
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Pepper Steak Stir Fry
  • Homemade Egg Rolls

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