12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli

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This 12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli recipe is ultra-quick and easy to make, and tastes SO delicious!

This delicious Chicken and Broccoli recipe is super quick and easy to make, it's full of great flavor, and it's perfect to meal prep for lunch and dinner throughout the week. | Gimme Some Oven #broccolichicken #chickenrecipes #healthyrecipes #dinnerrecipes

For those nights when you just need dinner on the table…like that.  💨 ✨ 🙌

This easy Chicken and Broccoli recipe won’t let you down.

It’s been one of my go-to quick and healthy dinner standbys for years and years now.  And, since I first posted this recipe on the blog four years ago, thousands of you have now also made and loved it, and reported back that it’s one of your faves too.  Understandably!  This one is incredibly quick and easy to make, the zesty stir-fry sauce is made with simple ingredients you like keep stocked your pantry, and that classic duo of chicken and broccoli always has a way of hitting the spot.  Simple and healthy stir-fry FTW!

That said, as much as I love the classic chicken and broccoli combo, I should note that this recipe’s incredibly versatile if you want to mix things up.  For example, feel like subbing in a different protein?  Go for it.  Have some leftover zucchini or onions or bell peppers or other veggies on hand?  By all means, toss ’em in too.  Feel like serving it up over quinoa or noodles, or even just some sautéed greens?  Use whatever you have!  The sky’s the limit for customizing here.  But…this base recipe is an excellent one to bookmark as a good place to begin.

So that when life gets busy, yet you still want a healthy homemade dinner you can feel good about, this winner winner of a chicken dinner can be on the table in no time.  👊

12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli | 1-Minute Video

As I shared in my original post about this recipe, the inspiration for this one came back in the day from my Burmese friend, Si Si, who loaded me up one summer morning with a CSA bag overflowing with fresh broccoli, since she knew it was my fave.

Years later, I still always think about her whenever I make this recipe.  Especially now that Barclay’s in my life, whom she affectionately always calls “Broccoli” with a smile and a laugh, since his name was hard to pronounce when she was first learning English.  Love this girl and her broccoli…and my Broccoli.  😉

That said, since the initial photos of this post were looking a little tired, I decided to snap some new ones this month to give this post a little update.  Plus, we have two snazzy new videos ready for you too!

First, a quick tutorial on how to chop broccoli, in case you need a refresher.  👆

This delicious Chicken and Broccoli recipe is super quick and easy to make, it's full of great flavor, and it's perfect to meal prep for lunch and dinner throughout the week. | Gimme Some Oven #broccolichicken #chickenrecipes #healthyrecipes #dinnerrecipes

As you can see, there’s not much to it.  Just cut up a few chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces.  Sauté them in a skillet until cooked through.  Then add the chopped broccoli and sauté for a few more minutes with the chicken, until it turns bright green and slightly tender (but I like mine to still be very crisp).

Then meanwhile, as the chicken and broccoli are cooking, whisk together a simple stir-fry sauce.  As I mentioned above, I’ve kept the ingredients for this one limited to a short list of pantry staples.  So (hopefully!) it should be an easy one to whip out, without having to make an extra trip to the store.  Just stir it in at the last second and stir for a minute or so, until thickened.

This delicious Chicken and Broccoli recipe is super quick and easy to make, it's full of great flavor, and it's perfect to meal prep for lunch and dinner throughout the week. | Gimme Some Oven #broccolichicken #chickenrecipes #healthyrecipes #dinnerrecipes

Then this quick and easy dinner will be ready to go!  And as the title promises, if you have those ingredients ready to go and are moving at a lively pace, this one really can be ready in just 12 minutes.  Boom.

Enjoy, everyone!

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12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 2-4 servings 1x

Description

This quick Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry recipe is full of zesty flavors, it’s easy to customize, and it can be ready to go in just about 12 minutes!


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Ingredients

Stir-Fry Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 batch Stir-Fry Sauce (see below)
  • 1 bunch broccoli, chopped into small florets, stem discarded
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • toppings: sliced green onions, toasted sesame seeds

Stir-Fry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoonrice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

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 sauce, and cook for an additional 1 minute until the sauce has thickened.  Remove from heat and stir in the sesame oil until combined.
  4. Serve warm, garnished with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.  Or transfer to a sealed container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To Make The Sauce:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until combined.

Notes

I slightly tweaked the sauce recipe in 2017, to add just a bit more to the recipe.  But it should still taste the same! :)

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  1. For some reason all five stars didn’t post when I wrote my review; I’m pretty positive I clicked on all the stars. I apologize for leaving off a star, because this is definitely a five star recipe. I’ve made it previously, and will continue to do so. Thanks again!

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  3. 5 stars
    Substituted yellow onions for green and powdered ginger for fresh and it was still SO delicious! Will be making this again. Hubby approved.

  4. 5 stars
    Very easy and delicious !! The sauce was the best part.

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve been making this for a few years now and I am making it tonight for dinner because I needed something delicious, quick and easy. This recipe is all that.

  6. 5 stars
    It was so easy to make, and took no time at all. What a yummy dish that you can put together after work, when everyone is hungry. This will go into my dinner rotation!!!

  7. 5 stars
    This was super easy, fast, and DELICIOUS!! Thank you!!

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  9. 5 stars
    This was SO good, and I’m not a huge fan of broccoli!! I added cashews a few times and it gives a nice crunch.

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  12. 5 stars
    This was great! Easy and delicious! I’ll definitely be hanging on to the sauce recipe. So good!

  13. 5 stars
    This was not only easy but better than going out to a Chinese restaurant.

  14. 4 stars
    Honestly— so easy & so delicious. I doubled the recipe because we love leftovers. I also tossed the chicken in cornstarch before throwing it into my wok. Like other reviews said there was a lot of sauce— but I didn’t keep it for leftovers. Also used chicken breast & thigh. Definitely going into our rotation of recipes.

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  17. 4 stars
    Very good and easy. The only thing I would change is to use chicken thighs instead of breasts for more juicy chicken pieces.

  18. 5 stars
    This looks incredible. Going to make this!

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  20. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and realised that this is the first fried rice I have ever made and it tasted better than any fried rice I have ever eaten.
    Full of vegetables, fresh tasting and enough left to have tomorrow night.
    Husband and I both rated it a 5 and will make it again

  21. 5 stars
    Hey!
    Made this today and it was a hit! My husband couldn’t stop eating :) I make stir frys but keep getting prepared sauces that don’t taste so good. Yours was spot on! I did add a dash of chili peppers and hot sauce. It was delicious!

  22. 5 stars
    The family loved this. I used a rotisserie chicken. Made the sauce first. Pulled the breast meat off the carcass and stir fried it briefly. Used broccoli, baby corn, mushrooms and carrots sliced in coins. For the sauce I used tamari instead of soy sauce, apple cider vinegar instead of rice vinegar, and mirin instead of honey, Served it over brown rice/quinoa. BIG HIT!

  23. 4 stars
    I thought the rice wine vinegar overwhelmed the other flavors. Otherwise it was good.

  24. 5 stars
    I made this last night but substituted tofu for the chicken. Delicious! My husband asked for again.

  25. Thank you so much about the recipes, I am do excited about how you kept the ingredients simple, in most cases we turn to give up on great recipes because of too much ingredients involved in the dish. I will continue to follow your recipes and the cooking methods.

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  28. 5 stars
    SO good! My husband and I loved this recipe and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers!

  29. 5 stars
    Tried this for a quick nutritious evening meal and it was amazing! Very tasty, will definitely make again as part of my weekly evening meals!

  30. This was delicious and I’ll definitely make it again; will experiment with addt’l veggies and other protein choices :) Do you have nutritional information posted (maybe I missed it)? Thank you for an easy crowd pleasing recipe!!!

  31. 5 stars
    This was so yummy!

  32. 5 stars
    Oh this was so yummy! And very quick and easy. I never know how many people I am cooking for this is easily adjusted to make more (believe me you want to make more) or less

  33. 5 stars
    Really quick. Thinking back I wished I’d have added some heat to this dish. Next time.

  34. 5 stars
    My husband says that this is the best dish I have ever made, so I had to leave you a review. Truly delicious.

  35. 5 stars
    Very easy, fast, and delicious. I use rice cooker, so I put the broccoli in the the basket over the rice to steam while it cooked. Then when the chicken was done, I just dumped it on top and pour on the sauce. Can’t wait to make it again in a larger quantity for a larger crowd.

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