12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli

This easy Chicken and Broccoli recipe can be made from start-to-finish in about 12 minutes, and tastes SO delicious!

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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:

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:

Directions:

To Make The Stir-Fry:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauté 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.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, make your sauce. (See below.)
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnished with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.

To Make The Sauce:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.
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243 comments on “12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli”

  1. Just saw this and made it…simple and delicious!!

    Rating: 5
  2. Very good! I made it the way the recipe said. And it was very good. Added some pepper and hot sauce to the finished product. It was great. Thank you

    Rating: 4
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  4. This was very tasty, and I’ll make it again but took me MUCH longer than 12 minutes!
    I got everything I needed out on the counter, and that took all of the 3 min prep time before I even measured things. I had a package of fresh broccoli florets already cut, but had to google to learn that a head of broccoli = 3.5 cups. Then had to cut 2 chicken breasts in small pieces, toast the sesame seeds, mince the garlic, and get my crystallized honey out of the squeeze bottle (30 sec in microwave). Had I made brown rice, that would have taken 40-50 minutes to cook. Next time, I will make the sauce first. And I won’t worry about browning the chicken, since the sauce makes it look nice and brown. It really is delicious and hubby likes it, so I recommend it, but don’t plan on 12 minutes the first time.

    Rating: 4
  5. I am hopeless at cooking, but this was reasonably successful! The only problem is that when I added the sauce, it immediately burned in the pan. I’m assuming this is because the heat was too high, but I had it on medium-high as instructed. Any tips? Thanks so much!

  6. I needed a quick recipe, but one to satisfy some picky eaters! This was the perfect meal and I had the ingredients on hand! The sauce was a huge hit!

  7. Absolutely fantastic recipe, I added 1 tsp of sambal oelek this time for a little extra zing. Thank you for this, so easy and nutritious!!!

    Rating: 5
  8. Just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I did add some red pepper flakes. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. Forgot to rate it.

    Rating: 5
  10. This recipe was really great, with a few small (and logical) tweaks. 1 – I tripled the sauce because it didn’t look like enough, though I knew I was doubling the recipe. 2- Maybe I added too much cornstarch (entirely possible!), but I needed to add a little chicken stock to loosen up the sauce.
    Apart from those minor adjustments, the kids and I agree this is a GREAT recipe, and a definite keeper! Thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  11. Yum! My rice took 45 minutes but the chicken and broccoli itself was pretty fast Next time I might make sure I have a higher proportion of broccoli. But it is fine as is!

    Rating: 4
  12. So easy and quick. And pretty healthy. I only had frozen broccoli and it still turned out great! Everyone liked it! Would definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. This dish met all our requirements: quick, yummy and made with readily available ingredients. I definitely recommend!

    Rating: 5
  14. Our family adores this recipe!! I like to add in other random veggies too in addition to the broccoli, and it’s s success every time!

    Rating: 5