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Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry – Healthyish Foods

Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

Need a quick and healthy dinner? Try my chicken broccoli stir fry with spicy brown sauce. It’s made from a few simple, healthy ingredients and comes together in under 30 minutes.
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Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry:

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, sliced into strips
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces broccoli florets, rinsed
  • 4 ounces button mushrooms, rinsed and sliced

Spicy brown sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, peel and mince
  • 1 cup chicken stock, divided
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Optional Garnishes:

  • red pepper flakes
  • toasted sesame seeds
  • sliced scallions


  • 11-inch skillet
  • mixing bowl


  • Mince the garlic and fresh ginger. Be sure to remove the skin from the ginger before mincing it.
  • Add the garlic and fresh ginger into an 11-inch skillet with sesame oil. Simmer over medium / low heat until the garlic and ginger are lightly browned and fragrant.
  • While the garlic and ginger are simmering, slice your chicken breasts.
  • Grab a small mixing bowl, combine the cornstarch, salt and black pepper. Stir well.
  • Toss the sliced chicken in the bowl, making sure to coat each piece with the cornstarch mixture.
  • Next, shake off any excess cornstarch and add the chicken to the pan.
  • Once the chicken begins to sear and brown on both sides, deglaze the pan with ½ cup of chicken stock.
  • Make sure to scrape all of the little pieces off of the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the chicken stock begins to reduce, add the soy sauce, brown sugar, and remaining ½ cup of chicken stock. Stir well. Let the chicken pieces cook in the sauce for 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Reduce the heat to low and add the mushrooms and broccoli florets.
  • Simmer for 5-10 minutes until the broccoli is slightly softened and everything is well coated in the sauce. I like my broccoli firm, but for soft broccoli, boil water and cook the broccoli for a few minutes in the hot water before adding it to the dish. Be sure to drain any water before adding it to the rest of the dish.
  • Top with your favorite garnishes and serve hot!


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 526kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 58g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 149mg, Sodium: 2663mg, Potassium: 1426mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 427IU, Vitamin C: 56mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 3mg