Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

From now on, 20 minutes is all you need to cook the best One-Pan Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry!

No matter how busy you are, you deserve a good meal that keeps you full and healthy. Once you stir-fry chicken with tasteful vegetables, you can cook a meal in just one pot!

I’ve tried many chicken and vegetable recipes before, and the Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is certainly one of the best. There’s also no excuse not to cook it because it only takes less than thirty minutes to make.

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Don’t you just love how effortless stir fry recipes are? All you have to do is prepare everything, season to taste, and cook until you get the flavor you want. Let me share my Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry for your whole family to love!

How to Make Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Like any other stir fry recipe, the Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is simple and quick to cook. You just need to combine all of the healthy ingredients in one pot for the perfect dish!

Set your timer to 20 minutes because that’s all you will need to cook this delicacy.

Ingredients

Indeed, the Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is complete with the best veggies and spices for the best flavor!

Chicken

Let’s start with the star of the dish: chicken.

It won’t be ordinary chicken for long because it will be seasoned with the best spices. Once cooked, the chicken will have a juicy and tender texture that will pair well with crunchy veggies.

Aside from stir-frying, you can also use chicken for baking, deep frying, grilling, and roasting. Instead of vegetables, you can also cook the chicken with pasta and noodles.

Health Benefits

  • As mentioned by WebMD, chicken can give you stronger bones and muscles.
  • In fact, chicken can help calm your nerves and your body to relieve stress and promote relaxation.
  • According to Chicken Check In, chicken can also promote weight loss and weight management.

If you love chicken, then here are other chicken recipes that you can try:

Broccoli

Enjoy stir fry like never before with some broccoli.

These tree-like veggies have a mildly sweet, bitter, and vegetal flavor that will taste better with pieces. Broccoli is fun to eat because it can be crispy and crunchy. Once you wash the broccoli, you will see how colorful and vibrant it is.

According to Healthline, broccoli can have good effects on your eye health. It can also help prevent certain types of cancer. The broccoli also boosts immunity to protect you from the flu.

Bell peppers and sweet peppers

Some of the best peppers for stir-fries are bell peppers and sweet peppers.

They add lots of colors to make the dish inviting. These peppers can also give the dish a sweet and fresh flavor that will complement the chicken. Even the fragrance it adds will leave you wanting more.

Just like broccoli, the peppers will also have a crispy and crunchy quality to add variety to the dish. I use my leftover peppers for Okra Soup, Red Bream Stew, Smoked Mackerel Stew, Jollof Rice, Moi Moi, and more!

Aromatics

You can’t forget about the aromatics. Onions and garlic will instantly escalate the quality of your Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry. The aromatics will give the dish a pungent and peppery taste to the dish.

Using basic aromatics like onion and garlic will already make a big difference in your recipe. You can never go wrong with aromatics in this dish!

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Spring onions

You will love the Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry more with these spring onions. These are perfect for a touch of freshness and sweetness in stir-fried dishes. They also emit a fragrant and appetizing aroma when cooked properly.

These also have a subtle pungent taste to complement the seasoning. The spring onions will also add more color to the dish for a truly appetizing meal.

Carrots

Make the dish healthier with some carrots! This stir-fry dish will not be complete without colorful and delicious carrots. These will add a mildly sweet and earthy flavor that will pair well with the broccoli.

Once cooked into the dish, the carrot will also have a tender yet crunchy texture you will love. I also use carrots to make Nigerian Fried Rice so much tastier!

Scotch bonnet

Give the stir fry a kick of spice with a little bit of scotch bonnet. It has the right level of spice that will make the chicken and veggies taste better. The scotch bonnet will also balance the sweet ingredients like the peppers.

Seasoning

The best seasoning for chicken and vegetables includes mixed herbs, sea salt, all-purpose seasoning, cumin, curry powder, ginger powder, onion granules, and oregano!

You are free to use other herbs and spices that you like to give it the best flavors.

Sunflower oil

Sunflower oil has a high smoke point, making it perfect for stir fry. It even has a distinct flavor that contributes to the overall dish. 

Don’t these ingredients sound perfect for a Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry? With the fusion of nutrients and vitamins, you can guarantee that it’s healthy, delicious, and satisfying! 

Directions

Let’s turn up the heat and cook the best Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry!

  1. Debone and cut the chicken into stir-fry-sized pieces using a knife.
  2. Season the chicken with salt, curry powder, mixed herbs, onion powder, all-purpose seasoning, and ginger powder in a bowl.
  3. Marinate the chicken for at least an hour or overnight.
  4. Rinse the spring onions,  carrots, bell peppers, sweet peppers, and scotch bonnet.
  5. Slice the washed vegetables and the ginger, onions, and garlic. 
  6. Clean the broccoli by submerging the florets in hot water for a minute before draining the water with a colander.
  7. Season the broccoli with salt and let it cook in hot water for five minutes before draining.
  8. In a frying pan, saute the onion and garlic for a minute over medium fire.
  9. Add in the scotch bonnet and saute for another minute.
  10. Cook the marinated chicken and stir fry for seven minutes or until cooked. 
  11. Toss in the chopped carrots and mixed peppers.
  12. Season it with mixed herbs, oregano, cumin, and all-purpose seasoning, and stir-fry briefly. 
  13. Then, add the broccoli and stir fry for a minute.
  14. Put in the spring onions. Simmer for a minute.
  15. Once you get your desired flavor, let it cool and serve!
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Trust me; this is tastier than you expect it to be! Even the appetizing aroma will be enough to kickstart your day. Sometimes, a good Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is all that you need! 

Tips

Chicken

Buying chicken
  • Smart Chicken suggests buying chicken with plump and pink flesh.
  • The skin should also have a touch of light yellow.
  • It should not have any discoloration or holes.
  • There should be no foul odor. 
Storing chicken
  • Packaged chicken can be stored in the fridge for use within two days.
  • You can also freeze the chicken by putting them in freezer bags to use within several weeks.
  • Do not wash the chicken before cooking. Simply pat it dry and season with the spices before cooking. 
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Broccoli

Buying broccoli
  • The Spruce Eats suggests choosing ones with closed broccoli with dark green florets.
  • The stalks should also be thin and stored because you can still use them for other dishes.
  • Yellowing on the broccoli heads is an indication of old age. 
Storing broccoli
  • You can preserve broccoli by wrapping it in a plastic bag and placing it in the fridge to last up to five days.
  • Meanwhile, cooked broccoli can be stored in airtight containers for use within three days. 
  • You may also freeze the broccoli in freezer bags to last up to several months. 
  • You can also check out this guide on how I clean broccoli:

Bell peppers and sweet peppers

Buying bell peppers and sweet peppers
  • Purchase regularly-shaped peppers with smooth and vibrantly colored skin.
  • They should have no holes, discoloration, or soft spots. 
Storing bell peppers and sweet peppers
  • Pepper can be stored at room temperature.
  • However, it is best to refrigerate them to use within two weeks.

Carrots

Buying carrots
  • According to Glen & Friends Cooking, carrots should have brightly colored skin without discoloration.
  • They should feel firm to the touch. 
Storing carrots
  • Cut the carrots’ leaves and store them for other dishes.
  • Place the actual carrots in mesh bags to refrigerate for up to two weeks. 

Spring onions

Buying spring onions
  • In an article by Epicurious, spring onions should have a small bulb at the end, and the bulbs may be white or purple in color.
  • The greens should be stiff and upright without indications of wilting. 
Storing onions
  • Room-temperature spring onions should be used within two days.
  • They can also be preserved in resealable bags in the fridge to use within a week. 
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Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry Variations

Stir fry dishes, like the Chicken and Broccoli version, are highly customizable. You can use different sources of protein, such as beef and turkey. For vegans, tofu is a suggested alternative to meat and seafood. 

Adding more vegetables, such as snap peas, mushrooms, baby corn, green beans, and other flavorful produce is also suggested. Aside from the spices, you can also use other condiments such as vegetable stock, sesame oil, and honey. 

You might even enjoy Egg Stir-Fried Indomie Noodles  – a tantalizing Asian delicacy. 

  • Frying pan: Cook the Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry in a frying pan.
  • Knife: Peel and slice the ingredients with a knife. 
  • Glass bowls: Prepare the ingredients in glass bowls. 
  • Colander: Drain the broccoli with a colander. 
  • Slotted turner: Stir the dish as it cooks using this tool. 

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How to Serve Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Once you start cooking the Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry, you’ll be serving it in no time!

Whether you want to eat it in the morning, afternoon, or evening, the Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is guaranteed to be yummy and satisfying. It’s perfect for guests of all ages; even kids will love it.

This is one of the best dishes for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free diets, especially if you’re on a calorie deficit. I also suggest cooking this recipe as a meal prep idea for when you’re busy throughout the week.

Here are some of the best side dishes you can prepare with the dish:

Check out these drinks that will go well with the stir fry:

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: In an article by I Forgot It’s Wednesday, stir fry is best consumed within two hours and within one hour if the temperature is quite high. 

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In the fridge: Put the Chicken and Broccoli stir fry in containers or resealable bags to refrigerate for up to four days. 

To freeze: Divide Chicken and Broccoli stir fry in freezer bags to extend shelf life to three weeks. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you cook broccoli before stir-frying?

You don’t need to cook broccoli before stir-frying. However, I suggest washing it in hot water to restore the broccoli’s bright green color.

What is chicken and broccoli sauce made of?

While I did not use a sauce in this recipe, I suggest mixing garlic and ginger with soy sauce or oyster sauce as the stir-fry sauce. Coat the ingredients with the sauce evenly to enrich the overall flavors of the dish.

How do you keep chicken moist when stir-frying?

Enjoy moist chicken in the stir fry by making sure that you’re slicing chicken thinly. Marinate the chicken or mix it into sauce to keep it juicy.

Should I boil chicken for stir-fry?

Boiling the chicken is an optional step in stir-frying. You can boil the chicken in salted water to give it more flavor. By boiling it before stir-frying, you can also be sure that the chicken is cooked well.

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Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

5 from 1 vote
Make 20 minutes count by cooking this healthy, delicious, and gratifying chicken and broccoli stir fry!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asia
Calories 384kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Main Ingredients

  • 1.1 lb chicken thighs
  • 1 broccoli (large)
  • 3 bell peppers (yellow, green, orange)
  • 1 sweet pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 scotch bonnet (optional)
  • sunflower oil

Seasoning for Chicken

Seasoning for Stir Fry

Instructions
 

  • Debone and cut the chicken into stir-fry-sized pieces using a knife.
  • Season the chicken with salt, curry powder, mixed herbs, onion powder, all-purpose seasoning, and ginger powder in a bowl.
  • Marinate the chicken for at least an hour or overnight.
  • Rinse the spring onions,  carrots, bell peppers, sweet peppers, and scotch bonnet.
  • Slice the washed vegetables and the ginger, onions, and garlic. 
  • Clean the broccoli by submerging the florets in hot water for a minute before draining the water with a colander.
  • Season the broccoli with salt and let it cook in hot water for 5 minutes before draining.
  • In a frying pan, saute the onion and garlic for a minute over medium fire.
  • Add in the scotch bonnet and saute for another minute.
  • Cook the marinated chicken and stir fry for 7 minutes or until cooked. 
  • Toss in the chopped carrots and mixed peppers.
  • Season it with mixed herbs, oregano, cumin, and all-purpose seasoning, and stir-fry briefly. 
  • Then, add the broccoli and stir fry for a minute.
  • Put in the spring onions. Simmer for a minute.
  • Once you get your desired flavor, let it cool and serve!

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Notes

  • Use woks and pans with a wide surface area to evenly cook the ingredients.
  • Don’t add the protein and vegetables all at once.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 4)Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 27gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 881mgPotassium: 1130mgFiber: 8gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 7421IUVitamin C: 296mgCalcium: 122mgIron: 3mg
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