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.  :)

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!

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | gimmesomeoven.com

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  1. 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 21st, 2015 @ 4:35 pm

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

  2. 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 22nd, 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!
      : )

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

    Can I use grapeseed or olive oil instead of sesame? 

    • Ali — May 25th, 2015 @ 8:31 am

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

  4. Zak — June 5, 2015 @ 2:41 pm (#)

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

    • Ali — June 8th, 2015 @ 8:48 am

      Sriracha is always a good idea. ; )

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

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

    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 11:19 pm

      Awesome!! So glad to hear it!

  6. 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 6th, 2015 @ 10:32 am

      Thanks Kim, we’re glad you liked it!

  7. 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 8th, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

      Haha, thanks, we hope you love it!

  8. 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 5th, 2015 @ 10:34 pm

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

  9. 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 12th, 2015 @ 4:01 pm

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

  10. 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 19th, 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! :)

  11. Rebecca — August 31, 2015 @ 1:05 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for this recipe. Made it for lunch today on a very wet English summer day, using mirin instead of rice wine vinegar & without sesame oil (was sure I had some & it would have been even better with it!) and it was a huge hit with my 17 month old! I precooked some larger broccoli florets so he could pick them up easier & then stirred them into the sauce when it had thickened. I also mixed in some egg noodles so everything was coated. My partner and I really enjoyed it too, it’s on my list to cook again – next time with sesame oil!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 2nd, 2015 @ 10:17 am

      Rebecca, you’re so welcome! We’re glad you and your family liked this! Also, the egg noodles sound so yummy, we’ll have to give that a try sometime! :)

  12. Diane Bennett — September 2, 2015 @ 5:00 pm (#)

    Excellent! Easy!!! Thanks!

  13. Erin — September 2, 2015 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    This was super yummy! I came across it and Pinned it a while back and just made it tonight- it’s a keeper! I changed out the broccoli to green beans b/c they where what I had on hand and it was perfect (for me)! Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 4th, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

      Thanks Erin, we’re so glad you liked it!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 7th, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

      Thanks Erin, we’re so glad you liked it! And green beans are great in this! :)

  14. Amy — September 13, 2015 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    i was wondering what the nutrition speck are? I made it and I turned out fabulous!
    Thanks, Amy 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 14th, 2015 @ 8:39 am

      Hi Amy! We’re sorry but we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  15. Vicky — September 16, 2015 @ 10:46 am (#)

    Sounds so yummy! I make chicken and broccoli all the time, but I have to give this sauce a try! 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 17th, 2015 @ 8:46 am

      Thanks Vicky, we hope you enjoy it!

  16. Nicole — September 18, 2015 @ 10:29 am (#)

    Would you have any idea how many points plus this would be? It looks delicious and I am currently counting points on weight watchers.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 19th, 2015 @ 7:47 am

      Hey Nicole! Unfortunately we aren’t sure about points or the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  17. Lara — September 21, 2015 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    Making this tonight with pork instead of chicken (oops – no chicken in the freezer!) Looking forward to a tasty meal!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 23rd, 2015 @ 9:34 am

      Awesome Lara, we hope you enjoy it!

  18. karen — September 22, 2015 @ 4:08 pm (#)

    This recipe was a (huge) surprise hit with my family! One kid bemoaned the fact that I was cooking broccoli, the other said the (uncooked) sauce just didn’t taste good. Hilarious. Heaps of chicken, still-crisp broccoli and brown rice later, there was nothing but accolades for this dish!

    I cooked the chicken a couple days ago (the weekend chicken cooking party!), so last night I just heated it up and continued with the recipe, and it was truly spectacular. It looks and tastes complex, but it’s a breeze! I’ll be making this again… tomorrow! Thank you for sharing this.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 22nd, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

      Karen, we’re happy you and your family are fans! :D

  19. Candice Mansito — October 20, 2015 @ 7:01 pm (#)

    Wow this was simple and delicious I definitely recommend it to anyone 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 20th, 2015 @ 8:54 pm

      Thanks Candice, we’re glad you liked it!

  20. Diana — October 25, 2015 @ 8:07 am (#)

    Yep, ditto to everyone else. Fairly fast, very easy, and super delicious! :) I used frozen green beans instead of broccoli (use what you have, right?) and I should have added them closer to the end as they got slightly more cooked than I would have preferred. I also might use a little less vinegar next time. Thanks for the recipe–great base to tweak things off of for some variety, too!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — October 29th, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

      Awesome, thanks for sharing Diana! We’re glad you enjoyed this!

  21. Lauren — November 3, 2015 @ 4:40 pm (#)

    This recipe was easy and sooo delicious…I didn’t have any cornstarch so i used flour, but still awesome recipe.  Kids loved it too. Thank you!

    • Ali — November 4th, 2015 @ 2:29 pm

      Awesome, so glad to hear it! Thanks!

  22. Shirley — November 5, 2015 @ 5:45 pm (#)

    Made this tonight for the family I work for (I’m a nanny). They loved it! Thanks for making dinner easy and tummy  

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 5th, 2015 @ 7:56 pm

      That’s so cool Shirley! We’re so happy this was a hit with them! :)

  23. Jenn — November 17, 2015 @ 5:21 pm (#)

    OMG! I am in love with this. One of the things I miss the most after going gluten free several years ago is Chinese food and this totally hit the spot…just used gluten free soy sauce and it was perfect! Thanks for a quick easy and now go to meal =)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — November 18th, 2015 @ 9:35 am

      Thanks Jenn, we’re so happy you like this! :)

  24. Erika — December 2, 2015 @ 4:15 pm (#)

    What could I sub for honey? Brown sugar?
    I have a 10 month old that isn’t supposed to have honey yet and I want him to be able to have some of this! 
    Thanks!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 2nd, 2015 @ 8:59 pm

      Hi Erika! We’d say you could try Agave (the closest thing to honey), but we’re not 100% sure about its safety for children under a year. But you could definitely use brown sugar, or you could try brown rice syrup. We hope this helps!

  25. Ellie — December 6, 2015 @ 10:04 pm (#)

    I have made this twice now! It’s SO yummy, and super easy. Love it!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2015 @ 11:01 am

      Thanks Ellie, we’re happy you enjoyed it!

  26. Christine — December 14, 2015 @ 2:24 pm (#)

    Fantastic recipe – even my usually broccoli-adverse boys (11 and 13) loved it! Thank you so much for adding variety to our dinner table!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 14th, 2015 @ 7:53 pm

      Thanks Christine, we’re so happy you and your boys enjoy this! :)

  27. Kathy — January 13, 2016 @ 10:40 pm (#)

    This was a hit with both my husband and myself.  It was even great warmed up for lunch the next day.  I added fresh Bella mushrooms along with the broccoli.  My husband said he would love for me to make more of the sauce for dipping chicken or shrimp tempura in. :)

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 14th, 2016 @ 8:36 am

      We’re so glad you and your husband enjoyed this Kathy, thanks for sharing with us! :D

  28. Bonni — January 21, 2016 @ 11:38 pm (#)

    Came across this recipe on Pinterest… YUM! If anything, I’d probably only cook the broccoli for a minute before moving on to the next step. I do like my broccoli a bit on the crunchy side (just my preference). I served it with brown Jasmine rice as I had some I’m trying to finish. Next time, it’ll be quinoa, and possibly some red bell peppers and mushrooms for more of a veggie boost. I think this will be one of my go-to recipes for dinner or meal-prepping lunch for work! I did sprinkle in some crushed red pepper flakes as I like a little heat. Thanks so much!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — January 22nd, 2016 @ 1:48 pm

      Thanks for sharing Bonni, we’re happy you enjoyed it! :)

  29. Misti — February 4, 2016 @ 8:01 pm (#)

    Yum!!! I weirdly had everything in this recipe in my own home!!! Haha I was wondering how many calories it was? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 4th, 2016 @ 9:47 pm

      Awesome Misti, we hope you like it! Unfortunately though, we aren’t sure of the nutrition facts/amount of calories in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  30. FRACKgirl — February 7, 2016 @ 12:33 pm (#)

    Made this last night and I was super surprised at the ease matched with the flavor!! YUMMMY!!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — February 8th, 2016 @ 1:59 pm

      Thanks for sharing! We’re so happy you enjoyed this! :)

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