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.  :)

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

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.  :)


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!


  • 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


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!

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

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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.

  24. KJ Alexander — December 29, 2014 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    Great recipe! I’ve tried to do stir fry broccoli and chicken before, but the veggies were either undercooked or too crunchy, and the chicken rubbery or raw. Made your recipe using chicken thighs and threw in a bit of siracha at the end to give it a bit more “umph.” A definite winner – and thanks for the step by step instructions, I will use them again for improvisational guidance. Yummy!

  25. Danielle — January 17, 2015 @ 7:31 am (#)

    This was great! Super quick and tasty.  I also like that there is not a ton of soy sauce since I have to watch my sodium. The whole family loved it even my crazy picky 6 year old!  I think it would be great with string bean as an alternative as well.  Maybe even flank steak thinly sliced. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Nelly — January 21, 2015 @ 10:30 am (#)

    I tried this last night , I did more of the sauce than what is indicated because I knew my family would love it! They sure did, I love how simple yet tasty this turned out to be. Haa haa this gives Chinese take a run for their money

  27. Lola — February 1, 2015 @ 12:34 pm (#)

    I made your chicken and broccoli recipe last night, I made a lot of it.  My family loved it and none was left.  They loved it so much, they begged me to make it again today for lunch. Very, very delicious and healthy. Thank you.

  28. Ashley — February 22, 2015 @ 1:09 pm (#)

    Love this recipe! I have made it several times now. Though, I think the only way it would take me 12 minutes to make it is if the sauce was pre-made, the chicken was pre-cut, and the broccoli was prec-cut, lol. 

  29. Jared — March 1, 2015 @ 7:35 pm (#)

    This was delicious and gluten free. The sauce was amazing. Better than Chinese take out. It took me way longer than 12 minutes but I’m sure I could do it faster next time. I might steal your “institutes” idea for my church too. Thanks so much. 

    • Ali — March 5, 2015 @ 11:27 am (#)

      Thanks Jared, I’m so glad to hear that!

  30. Shauna — March 6, 2015 @ 11:31 am (#)

    Just a word about the gluten-free part of this.  There is still some debate as to whether soy sauce can be considered gluten free.  While most agree that the fermentation process breaks gluten down into proteins that are digestible for those with gluten sensitivities, if you are celiac, you might want to substitute a soy sauce that is specifically gluten free.

    That said… This dish was amazing!  

  31. lyly — March 18, 2015 @ 7:12 pm (#)

    I cooked some onions in it. did not have honey so i added a bit of brown sugar + spicy oil and red chili bits. Served on chinese noodle. It was delicious!

  32. Olya — March 20, 2015 @ 9:16 pm (#)

    I tried this recipe. It was super easy and my family liked it. Though, I would halve the amount of ground ginger. It was a bit overpowering. 

  33. elizabeth — March 21, 2015 @ 12:10 pm (#)

    Sounds tasty, needs a burst of color; red pepper, carrots and mini corn would add that.

  34. Mindy — March 28, 2015 @ 12:11 am (#)

    My 10 month old cannot have honey just yet. What is a good substitute? Maple syrup or brown sugar? 

    • Ali — March 29, 2015 @ 10:12 am (#)

      Hey Mindy, yes, maple syrup or brown sugar would work great!

  35. Megan — April 4, 2015 @ 9:32 am (#)

    This was so tasty.  I was going out with my friends for the evening and wanted to make sure my fiance had something to eat for dinner.   I decided to make this dish.   It took me about 30 minutes to make, that including prep time (im a slow prepper) and making boil in the bag brown rice.  I doubled the sauce ingredients because we like it saucy.  This recipe is a definite keeper and I already had the majority of the ingredients in the house. Very good.  

    • Ali — April 4, 2015 @ 3:21 pm (#)

      Thanks so much Megan, I’m glad it was a hit! I love quick and simple recipes, especially when I’m pinched for time. Cheers!

  36. Madelyn Whittaker — April 11, 2015 @ 10:31 pm (#)

    Made this tonight and added mushrooms and water chestnuts. It was delicious. The sauce was amazing. I added a little bit of sugar to the sauce. My husband loved it too.

    • Ali — April 12, 2015 @ 2:23 pm (#)

      Thanks Madelyn, I’m glad you guys enjoyed it!

  37. AS — April 13, 2015 @ 7:25 pm (#)

    Made this tonight. Such a quick, easy, and delicious recipe! Thank you for posting

    • Ali — April 14, 2015 @ 12:17 pm (#)

      Thank you for making it, glad you enjoyed it!

  38. Veronica — May 21, 2015 @ 8:38 am (#)

    I enjoyed this recipe! It was extremely simple and I had all the ingredients on hand which was a big plus. I honestly thought the broccoli was the best part; probably because it soaked up the sauce. 

    • Ali — May 21, 2015 @ 4:35 pm (#)

      Thanks, Veronica, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  39. brittany — May 21, 2015 @ 9:46 pm (#)

    I made this the other night and it was sooo delicious! Took myself a little longer than 12 minutes, but I believe anyone else who isn’t as slow of a cook as me could definitely do it in that time ;) I might add some red chili pepper flakes or sriracha next time for a little kick. Just wanted to let you know I love your blog! I’m newer to cooking but have a tried a couple of your recipes and they’ve all turned out amazing; can’t wait to try more!

    • Ali — May 22, 2015 @ 8:33 am (#)

      Thanks, Brittany! I’m glad you liked this, and I’m glad you like some of the other recipes you’ve tried — thanks for reading!
      : )

  40. Priscila — May 23, 2015 @ 8:38 am (#)

    Can I use grapeseed or olive oil instead of sesame? 

    • Ali — May 25, 2015 @ 8:31 am (#)

      Hey Pricila! I would use grapeseed oil, or even peanut oil would be good in this recipe!

  41. Zak — June 5, 2015 @ 2:41 pm (#)

    Very easy and good! Added a little sriracha and gave it a very nice kick 

    • Ali — June 8, 2015 @ 8:48 am (#)

      Sriracha is always a good idea. ; )

  42. Elora Trumpee — June 30, 2015 @ 5:55 pm (#)

    Very good! I will make this simple, but delicious meal again! 😊

    • Ali — July 6, 2015 @ 11:19 pm (#)

      Awesome!! So glad to hear it!

  43. KimS — July 5, 2015 @ 10:18 am (#)

    I made this last night–it was great.  I had fresh ginger, so I used 1 tsp. fresh grated ginger in place of the ground ginger.  Thanks for a quick good  recipe.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6, 2015 @ 10:32 am (#)

      Thanks Kim, we’re glad you liked it!

  44. kelly z — July 8, 2015 @ 6:17 pm (#)

    This looks great, I can’t wait to try it! Also, ENNEAGRAM! :-)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 8, 2015 @ 10:34 pm (#)

      Haha, thanks, we hope you love it!

  45. Abbie — August 3, 2015 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    Great Recipe! Made it tonight for dinner. It took me about a half hour to make. I could make it in 12 minutes if the ingredients were prepped:) for my family’s tastes: I used 4 large cloves of garlic pressed (about a Tbsp.) and also about a scant Tbsp. grated fresh ginger. I sprinkled in some red pepper flakes while the chicken was browning. Also added some diced sweet red pepper for color along with the broccoli. I like that this recipe uses pantry staples and can easily b adapted to personal tastes. Thanks. I’ll be stopping by again!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 5, 2015 @ 10:34 pm (#)

      Thanks Abbie, we’re glad to hear you liked this! Thanks so much for giving it a try! :)

  46. Kathy E. — August 9, 2015 @ 8:31 pm (#)

    I found this on pinterest tonight and literally had it on the table in less than half an hour. It took me more like 15 minutes total because I couldn’t find the rice wine vinegar. I had 2 boneless pork chops in the fridge, so I used those instead of chicken and we gobbled it right up! Thank you!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 12, 2015 @ 4:01 pm (#)

      That’s awesome Kathy, we’re so glad to hear it was a hit with you and your family!

  47. Rachel — August 18, 2015 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    I made this yesterday and it was so delicious! Thanks Ali! All of your recipes I have tried have been winners! :) 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — August 19, 2015 @ 2:26 pm (#)

      Thank you Rachel, you are too sweet! We’re happy you enjoyed the chicken and broccoli — thanks for being a fan! :)


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