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.  :)


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!


Stir-Fry Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • sauce (see below)
  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped into small florets, stem discarded
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


To Make The Stir-Fry:

Heat 1 tablespoon olive 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. (See below.)

Once the chicken is browned, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 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.

To Make The Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together until combined.

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

Leave a Comment:


  1. king d — March 27, 2016 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    Very great recipe.

  2. Kristi — April 13, 2016 @ 12:33 pm (#)

    Awesome recipe! I was looking for a quick chicken recipe for dinner tonight and I found a real gem.  Everyone in my family of 5 loved it! ….Including the 2 fussiest critics ;-) … I will use this recipe weekly and even use it when friends with fussy kids visit <3

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 13th, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

      Thanks Kristi — we’re so glad you and your family enjoyed this (especially the picky eaters)! :D

  3. Elizabeth — April 17, 2016 @ 12:24 pm (#)

    Sounds delicious, am thinking of adding snow peas, mini corn and shredded carrots. Would add color and not alter the cooking time.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 18th, 2016 @ 8:09 am

      Those sound like yummy additions Elizabeth — we hope you enjoy this! :)

  4. Shana — April 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm (#)

    i can’t use the same oil u used. Is there a different one i could use…like canola is what i usually use. I can’t have seeds.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 19th, 2016 @ 8:11 pm

      Hi Shana! Yes, you can use vegetable or canola oil. We hope you enjoy!

  5. Pooja — May 2, 2016 @ 4:05 pm (#)

    We have just started eating healthy and oh my god this recepie turned out just so delicious! We have made it twice in this month alone. Love the flavor it has

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 8:52 am

      Thank you Pooja — we’re so glad you enjoy this! :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 3rd, 2016 @ 10:50 am

      We’re so glad you liked it Pooja! :)

  6. Samantha — May 5, 2016 @ 8:28 am (#)

    I am hoping to make this tonight for dinner. Is the rice wine vinegar necessary? It’s the only ingredient I don’t have. Is there something I can substitute?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 5th, 2016 @ 1:17 pm

      Hi Samantha! Do you have white vinegar? That would work fine as a substitute! We hope you enjoy this!

  7. Munezzah — May 9, 2016 @ 9:15 pm (#)

    It was really easy to make. And easy + delicious is what i like. I added carrots and sliced green pepper as we love spicier food. I added some chili powder in the sauce and omitted honey as we don;t like sweetness in the food. Had to add some chilli sause too in the end as it wasn’t still spicy enough for our taste bud or maybe to get rid of a still there sweetness. But to tell you the truth it was AWESOME. Thank you so much for posting the recipe. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 15th, 2016 @ 10:26 pm

      Thanks for your feedback — we’re so glad to hear you enjoyed this! Also, the carrots and green pepper sound like yummy additions! :)

  8. Emma — May 15, 2016 @ 9:20 pm (#)

    Do you think this would be just as good with liquid aminos instead of the soy sauce? Looks delicious!! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

      Hi Emma! We haven’t tried this with liquid aminos instead of soy sauce, so we can’t say for sure, but we definitely think it’s worth a try — we hope you enjoy! :)

  9. Penelope PitStop — May 16, 2016 @ 4:40 pm (#)

     This recipe is definitely a keeper! My family absolutely loved it and has asked me to make it again next week. Thank you so much for a fast, easy and fabulous chicken recipe. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 7:38 pm

      Thank you Penelope — we’re so happy to hear that!

  10. Tammy — May 16, 2016 @ 8:32 pm (#)

    We had this tonight and it was DELICIOUS! I made a half a batch without the rice vinegar (because I didn’t have any) and it was really good. Even my husband liked it. It curbed the Chinese craving but was a lot less of each ingredient as others I have seen.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — May 16th, 2016 @ 9:15 pm

      We’re so happy you and your husband enjoyed it Tammy! :)


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