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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355 comments on “12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli”

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  1. About how many pounds of chicken would you say to use?

  2. Thank you, this recipe as is was wonderful. It is easy and perfect. I love that you added a tutorial about cutting broccoli as well because I waste so much of it. I appreciate all your recipes. I am ready to really get Asian down.

  3. made this last night – super yummy! the only changes i made were to the sauce. i used a bit more honey and tamari/GF soy then was listed and also added a fair amount of sriracha and chili paste since my hubby and I love spice. I served over brown rice and topped with cashews. Great, easy weeknight meal!

  4. A bit too sweet for me. Still a good recipe but next time I’ll leave out half the honey and add a bit of spice for more heat .

    • I replace the honey for a tad bit of brown Sugar or 2 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce for a kick… really good!

  5. Great and very easy my husband is so picky but has to change his eating habits loved it and hates anything healthy. Thankyou this was a great dish am making it again this week.

  6. I’m vegetarian, so I subbed 2 cups of Butler’s soy curls (follow instructions on the package) for the chicken. Otherwise followed the recipe as written. It came out great! I love the sauce and will definitely try it with other veggies/toppings in the future.

  7. I found this recipe doing a search for what fit the ingredients already found in my fridge. And I am amazed at how delicious and simple this recipe was to make. New fan for sure!

  8. Every recipe I have tried is great tasting and easy.
    Thank you!

  9. Question: I don’t have rice vinegar. I have a little bit of balsamic. Should I swap or just not use vinegar at all or use lemon juice? Thanks

  10. This recipe was delicious! I used ginger paste instead of powder because that’s what I had on hand. I added an extra chicken breast and doubled the sauce. I also added extra honey, soy sauce, and sesame oil after it was cooked because I needed a little extra flavor boost. This was so easy and quick to make! I was impressed by this recipe and so was my family!!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Loved this recipe. I did add a hot sesame oil drizzle to the finished dish just because I like spice. Delicious and easy.

  12. Love this recipe! Does it freeze well? I was thinking about prepping it for maternity leave but not sure how the broccoli and chicken would taste after being frozen.

  13. It was a delicious appetizing meal.i wish I could get more simple and quick diabetic recipes

  14. Soo yummy! Came together so quickly too and doesn’t have strange ingredients. My picky toddler loved it, will definitely make again

  15. |This recipe is great

  16. Love this recipe it was so easy to make, and it tastes delicious.

  17. Easy delicious and fast. Personally I would like a little heat added

  18. I was a little skeptical (mostly thought it would be too sweet), but I needed something quick, and I had all the ingredients. It was so good! We’ll definitely add this to our rotation of go-to meals.

  19. Have had this saved for ages and finally gave it a go tonight after craving some crunchy veggies and chicken. Served it with sweet potato noodles. Delicious!! Super quick and easy.

    Thanks for being my go-to place for food inspiration

  20. I made this for dinner and my family loved it. My daughter who is the pickiest eater had two portions and said it was the best meal I have ever made. I say WOW! The sauce is great and this is very easy to make. Glad I found the receipe.