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Easy Chinese Chicken Broccoli Better Than Takeout

If your family loves Chinese food, you will love this easy Chicken Broccoli stir-fried dinner recipe. You will love the freshness and cost savings of Chinese food at home and the whole family will love a Chinese chicken stir fry at home for a weeknight dinner. 

Are you tired of the high cost of take-out Chinese food at your local Chinese restaurants? This is an easy recipe that you can make quickly at home and skip the take-out. Looking for an easy dinner recipe that the whole family will love? Skip the Chinese restaurant’s costly prices and in a couple of minutes have a delicious chicken broccoli stir-fry right at home. 

Choose fresh white meat chicken and crisp broccoli florets and in no time you have Chinese takeout for any weeknight dinner. The best way to keep the fresh color and texture of the broccoli is to parboil it for 6 minutes before you start cooking. 

In this stir-fry recipe, I used chicken tenderloins white meat, but you can use tender chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs.  Using fresh chicken in this Chinese chicken stir fry cooks up to the juiciest chicken.  If you are vegetarian it is a delicious broccoli recipe served over white rice and leaving out the chicken. A broccoli stir fry recipe cooked without the chicken is also a quick delicious dinner meal. 

Easy Chinese Chicken Broccoli Better Than Takeout black round dish with the chicken and broccoli over white rice, a bowl of white rice in the top right and a white platter with the recipe top left with a black serving spoon.

Tips for Making a Delicious Stir-Fry at Home

Making your favorite takeout dish at home ensures you know exactly what goes into your meal, avoiding any unnecessary additives or excess oil often found in restaurant dishes. Plus, cooking at home allows you to customize the recipe to suit your family’s preferences.

bite-size chicken cut up on a white plate on a black cutting board with a knife and white towel.

Selecting High-Quality Ingredients:

The key to a perfect Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry starts with the preparation and the cooking process. Start by selecting high-quality ingredients. Fresh, chicken, such as chicken tenderloins or chicken breasts, ensures tender, juicy bites of protein. If you prefer a richer flavor, boneless skinless chicken thighs are a good alternative. For a vegetarian version, simply skip the chicken and double up on the broccoli and other vegetables.

chopped broccoli, green onions and ginger on a black cutting board

Preparing the Broccoli:

Broccoli, the star vegetable in this dish, should be fresh and crisp. To retain its vibrant green color and firm texture, parboil the broccoli florets for about 6 minutes before stir-frying. This step is crucial as it prevents the broccoli from becoming too soft and mushy during the stir-fry process. Once parboiled, drain the broccoli and set it aside.

parboiling broccoli in a saucepan on the stove with a red slotted spoon removing the broccoli.

Making the Stir-Fry Sauce:

The stir-fry sauce is what brings everything together. A simple yet flavorful sauce can be made using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Combine soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and a touch of honey or brown sugar for sweetness. For a bit of heat, add some red pepper flakes or a dash of sriracha sauce. Cornstarch mixed with a bit of water helps thicken the sauce, ensuring it coats the chicken and broccoli perfectly.

Cooking the Stir Fry:

To cook the stir fry, start by heating the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces and cook until they are no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes. Next, add and sauté minced garlic and ginger. Then, add the parboiled broccoli and cook for a couple of minutes before returning the chicken to the skillet.

chicken and broccoli in a saucepan with the sauce findished.

Combining Everything:

Pour the sauce over the chicken and broccoli, stirring continuously until everything is well coated and the sauce has thickened. This should only take a few minutes. Serve your Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry over steamed white rice or brown rice for a healthier option.

Involving the Kids:

Making Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry at home is not only a great way to save money but also a wonderful opportunity to involve your kids in the cooking process. Kids can help with washing and cutting the broccoli, stirring the sauce, or setting the table. This dish is perfect for a busy weeknight.

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Variations for a Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry:

  • Serve over White Rice or Brown Rice
  • Serve over Cauliflower rice
Easy Chinese Chicken Broccoli Better Than Takeout black round dish with the chicken and broccoli over white rice, a bowl of white rice in the top right and a white platter with the recipe top left with a black serving spoon.

Ingredients for Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry:

  • chicken tenders 2 pounds
  • 4 cups of fresh broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon of thinly sliced ginger.
  • 2 garlic cloves slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 4 green onions
  • Pepper to taste
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon monk fruit or brown sugar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
close up of the chicken and broccoli over white rice with a sliver of ginger in a black bowl and a fork in the blow.

How to Make Easy Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry:

  1. Start by having all your ingredients chopped, prepared, and set aside before you start cooking. 
  2. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and salt and pepper to taste.
  3.  Chop the fresh broccoli into small broccoli florets. Slice the garlic and fresh ginger into thin slices. Chop the green onions into thin slices. 
  4. To have crunchy broccoli and to speed up the cooking process of the stir-fry, parboil the broccoli for 6 minutes. Remove from the boiling water and plunge into cold water to help keep the bright green color. 
  5. While the broccoli is pre-cooked mix the sauce, start in a small bowl, add the cornstarch, and slowly add in the soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster or hoisin sauce sauce, and brown sugar. Next, slowly add the water and mix well. 
  6. In a large skillet preheat the skillet on medium-high heat. (This recipe can be made in a Wok or a deep large skillet). 
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet, when the olive oil is hot add the chicken and stir-fry for about 6 minutes until the chicken is golden brown. 
  8. Reduce to medium heat and add to the chicken the green onions, sliced ginger, and sliced garlic cloves, and cook for 1 minute. 
  9. Add the pre-cooked broccoli florets and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. 
  10. Add the sauce and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until all is heated through and the sauce has thickened slightly. 
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Easy Chinese Chicken Broccoli Better Than Takeout

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  • Author: Crafting a Family Dinner
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stir-Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

If your family loves Chinese food, you will love this easy dinner recipe for Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry. You will love the freshness and cost savings of Chinese food at home and the whole family will love a Chinese chicken stir fry at home for a weeknight dinner. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 pounds of chicken tenders (or boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts)
  • 4 cups of broccoli
  • 1 teaspoon of thinly sliced ginger.
  • 2 garlic cloves slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 4 green onions
  • Pepper to taste
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon monk fruit or brown sugar
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Start by having all your ingredients chopped, prepared, and set aside before you start cooking. 
  2. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and salt and pepper to taste.
  3.  Chop the fresh broccoli into small broccoli florets. Slice the garlic and fresh ginger into thin slices. Chop the green onions into thin slices. 
  4. To have crunchy broccoli and to speed up the cooking process of the stir-fry, parboil the broccoli for 6 minutes. Remove from the boiling water and plunge into cold water to help keep the bright green color. 
  5. While the broccoli is pre-cooked mix the sauce, start in a small bowl, add the cornstarch, and slowly add in the soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster or hoisin sauce sauce, and brown sugar. Next, slowly add the water and mix well. 
  6. In a large skillet preheat the skillet on medium-high heat. (This recipe can be made in a Wok or a deep large skillet). 
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet, when the olive oil is hot add the chicken and stir-fry for about 6 minutes until the chicken is golden brown. 
  8. Reduce to medium heat and add to the chicken the green onions, sliced ginger, and sliced garlic cloves, and cook for 1 minute. 
  9. Add the pre-cooked broccoli florets and cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. 
  10. Add the sauce and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until all is heated through and the sauce has thickened slightly. 

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