12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli

This classic chicken and broccoli recipe is full of fresh and delicious flavor, and it's ready to go in just 12 minutes!

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

Last night, I taught a cooking class for the first time in years.  And it was so much fun!!

I actually get asked to teach cooking classes pretty often, and cater, both of which I have decided I don’t enjoy all that much.  But this one was for my church, as part of these cool “institutes” we do quarterly.  And they are awesome.  So I agreed to do it.  :)

Basically, anyone in the community can volunteer to teach a class on something they love for these institutes — be that stand-up comedy, parenting, car maintenance, literature, running, personal finance, yoga, you name it.  I had the chance to sit on a panel this week for an institute on the Enneagram, which made me ridiculously excited.  But then last night, I took my turn as one of 4 people to teach part of an institute on “cooking”, which was equally exciting.  Because we made a Mexican feast…in one hour.  And then sat down around the table and chatted the night away.  My favorite.

Actually, one of the interesting points of the night was trying to describe this blog to the group, and why I do what I do.  I have always struggled a bit with my “elevator pitch” for the blog, because I have always blogged the way I cook, which is not niched down.  I cook a little bit of everything.  Mostly healthy, a few indulgences.  Fresh, creative, family-friendly.  But over the years, there has definitely been one common factor that seems pretty consistent with all of my recipes: quick and easy.

I know I say that all of the time on here.  But the reality is that I do love to cook quick and easy recipes.  I lead a very busy life, but I absolutely love to cook, so simple recipes are a complete win-win.  It’s not a “hook”.  It’s just how I live my life.  And thus, how I authentically create recipes for this blog.

So when they asked what recipe was coming up next on the blog, they all nodded and smiled when I said I had a 12-minute broccoli chicken recipe.  Yes, I timed it (because I’m a “3” on the Enneagram and love efficiency).  And yes, I totally loved it.  :)

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Actually, the inspiration for this one came from my CSA of the week.  My friend and farmer, Si Si Cho, gave me the most beautiful selection of kale and carrots and onions and radishes and more.  And she also threw in a big ol’ head of broccoli.

Now I have to admit, I’m still on the “spectrum” of learning to love broccoli.  I appreciate it, and I will totally eat it when it is served to me, but I almost never cook it on my own.  BUT, I was reading lately about how ridiculously good for you it is.  And come on, those little florets look like baby trees!  They’re each like a little sculptural masterpiece!!  So I decided to put my fresh produce to use in a recipe I knew I was sure to love — a chicken and broccoli stir-fry.

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

This recipe is basically a riff on my favorite sesame chicken recipe, with a little less sesame, and 100% more broccoli.  And it’s super easy to make.

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

Just start out by sauteing up some chicken.  (If you’re short on time, keep those pieces of chicken small so that they cook faster.)

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

Then add in your broccoli, also cut into small pieces.  Ahem, florets.

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

Then add in the sauce that you whisked together while the chicken was cooking.

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

And within a minute, the sauce will thicken up and your chicken and broccoli will be ready to go.  Boom.

Fast.  Flavorful.  Fresh.  And Oh-So-Fab.

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

I served mine with some brown rice, but it would also be great with quinoa, or noodles, or even just plain on its own.

And yes, it’s ready to go in just 12 minutes if you’re moving swiftly.  Which I usually am.  And which I love.  Because me and speedy meals are a good match, so that I can get onto other things in life which I also love.  :)

Enjoy!

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli

This classic chicken and broccoli recipe is full of fresh and delicious flavor, and it's ready to go in just 12 minutes!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped into small florets
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts, and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and mostly cooked through.

While the chicken is cooking, make your sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, cornstarch, garlic, ginger and sesame oil until combined. Set aside.

Once the chicken is browned, add the broccoli and stir to combine. Continue cooking for an additional 3 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green. Stir in the soy sauce mixture, and cook for an additional 1 minute until the sauce has thickened.

Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnished with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!

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  1. Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 27, 2014 @ 5:38 am (#)

    I definitely appreciate the quick, simple meals you post on here because when it comes down to getting dinner ready at night, that’s really what I want/need! The institute at your church sounds SO fun… I would love that. And would also love this yummy chicken dinner, obviously! :)

  2. Laura @ Raise Your Garden — June 27, 2014 @ 5:59 am (#)

    Happy Friday Ali, I think this blog should especially be called gimmesome12minutechickenandbroccoli.
    But you 12 minutes and I believe you because you go to church!

    So glad you taught a cooking class at your church even though it’s not your favorite thing. I go to a very small 60 person Free Methodist church and oh my, if you taught a class here, I’d be the first one in line!

  3. Bri | Bites of Bri — June 27, 2014 @ 6:56 am (#)

    That class sounds so fun! Thanks for posting such a quick and easy recipe. It is perfect for weeknights. I love broccoli but I’d say my husband is still where you are…he’ll eat it, but he won’t ever request it!

  4. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — June 27, 2014 @ 7:46 am (#)

    As a busy mom, a dinner recipe with “12 minutes” in front of it is absolutely perfect. Gotta try this!

  5. Lee — June 27, 2014 @ 7:49 am (#)

    Perfection. More broccoli!!!

  6. MC — June 27, 2014 @ 8:03 am (#)

    12 minutes?! I love it! (I’m a 4 on the enneagram so imagine me jumping up and down with lots of drama and excitement!)

  7. Jenny Flake — June 27, 2014 @ 8:27 am (#)

    Looks perfect-o!!!

  8. Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — June 27, 2014 @ 8:30 am (#)

    Teaching a cooking class sounds like so much fun! I completely agree with you on the quick and easy meals, nothing can beat them. Happy Friday. :)

  9. Julie @ Girl on the Move — June 27, 2014 @ 9:09 am (#)

    12 minutes?!? I’m in!

  10. Heidi @foodiecrush — June 27, 2014 @ 9:29 am (#)

    Tastee! Knowing me I’d probably have to make it to 13 minute Chicken and Broccoli and Shitaake Mushroom Stir-Fry. I can’t seem to eat one without the other!

  11. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — June 27, 2014 @ 9:33 am (#)

    12 minutes? Sold!!! I love that your church offers these community classes on any subject someone is willing to teach. Jump on the broccoli train, it’s one of my favorites!

  12. Sadye — June 27, 2014 @ 10:29 am (#)

    Love seeing stir-fry-sauce ingredients that I already have :) I’ll be trying this at some point for sure!

  13. Matt Robinson — June 27, 2014 @ 11:41 am (#)

    I could literally eat this meal every day, no doubt about it. And so easy too!

  14. Krista+@+Joyful+Healthy+Eats — June 27, 2014 @ 2:07 pm (#)

    Umm… yum! I don’t think you need an elevator pitch, just show them your photos and they will follow! :) Loving this recipe girl, 12 minutes and healthy… winner winner chicken dinner!

  15. Matt @ Plating Pixels — June 29, 2014 @ 11:36 am (#)

    Looks great. I love quick and healthy recipes. I’ll shoot for 11 minutes.

  16. Ami@naivecookcooks — June 29, 2014 @ 5:42 pm (#)

    Wow Ali this dish looks super flavorful and love that it’s super easy and quick too!

  17. Helen @ Scrummy Lane — June 29, 2014 @ 8:37 pm (#)

    Awww … delicious! I love stir-fries, but all that chopping can take some time. As there’s only chicken and broccoli to worry about here … I’m in! I’m like you, I only like quick and easy! :-)

  18. 3girls1apple — June 30, 2014 @ 2:03 pm (#)

    Healthy and simple!!!

  19. Rachel — July 1, 2014 @ 5:44 am (#)

    I made this for supper last night and the husband and I both loved it. So quick, easy, healthy, and delicious. Thanks, Ali!

  20. Liz — July 2, 2014 @ 5:55 pm (#)

    This recipe was delicious! It tasted like lighter, healthier chicken and broccoli take out. I will say, it took me at least 30 mins, plus additional time because I also made rice. But, still a quick and easy meal. Crowd pleaser! Thanks!

  21. Rachel — August 17, 2014 @ 12:20 pm (#)

    This recipe was AWESOME! It’s pretty rare to follow a recipe exactly and not have to add “something else” to make it better. This tastes exactly like take-out.

    Soo good! Keep ‘em coming!

  22. Stacy Dewey — August 29, 2014 @ 7:03 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I love the combination of chicken and broccoli so I’m very excited to try this!

  23. Helen Boulos — September 6, 2014 @ 6:29 pm (#)

    I am so in love with this blog! Between the spinach lasagna recipe and the chicken broccoli, I am so excited to plan some dinners this week. I have three young kids, five animals and a husband who works late so the recipes that are quick and healthy are a Godsend!! Thank God I found you.

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