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This 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.

Chicken and Broccoli | 1-Minute Video

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

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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! Enjoy, everyone!

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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 a snap!


Ingredients

Scale

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 tablespoons rice 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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339 comments on “Chicken and Broccoli”

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

    • 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!

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

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

    • 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!

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

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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 =)

  11. 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!

    • 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!

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

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

  14. 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. :)

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

  15. 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!

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

    • 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!

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

  18. Made this last night and was  wonderful, thank you for the recipe!! Did add couple of things, 1 red and 1 orange pepper diced, 1 red onion, sliced in 1/4 inch strips and some red chili paste for a little bit of a sweet zing!!! Definitely a keeper and o so simple
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    • We’re so glad you enjoyed this Arlene! And we think your addictions sound amazing! :D

  19. Great recipe, and extremely simple.  My teens say it’s a keeper

  20. Very great recipe.

  21. Great recipe but what happened to the second tablespoon of olive oil? Did I miss something? Thanks!

    • Step 3: Once the chicken is browned, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and broccoli, and stir to combine. :)

  22. 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

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

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

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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?

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

  27. 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. :)

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

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

    • 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! :)

  29.  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. 

  30. 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.

  31. This isn’t gluten-free, even tho you added it to your gluten-free list.

    Soy sauce has gluten. Go for a gluten-free tamari instead, and you’re golden, tho.

  32. This blog is a life saver–I LOVE your simple but delicious recipes. My son ( 2 yrs old) os a fan of the fluffy dinner roll recipe. Thank you!!

  33. This looks delicious!  Is there a substitute for the ginger or can it be omitted?  I am allergic to ginger, but want to give this recipe a try!

    • Thanks Mandy! You can just leave the ginger out. If you’d like to add more garlic or maybe some chopped cilantro and/or basil, we think those would be yummy swaps! :)

  34. Made this today and it was amazing! Will be making it again! I also put some duck sauce on mine after! 

  35. Hi, this recipe sounds fantastic! In a effort to not buy what I really don’t need, I was wondering if a bag of frozen broccoli florets could be used instead of fresh broccoli? I have several bags hanging out in my freezer that need to get used… thanks!! :)

    • Thanks Jenn — we hope you enjoy it! And of course, you can definitely use frozen broccoli florets instead. :)

  36. Overdid it with salt just a “little” bit, but other then that it turned out great and was really easy to make. Thank you!

  37. Hi! Love your recipes!

    Not sure if you’ll see this as I know this is an older post – but – I’m planning to make this tonight and my son is only 9 months so can’t have honey (or can maybe have cooked honey? But apparently no one knows so I’m trying to be conscious of that and not risk it ha!) Anywayyy – do you think sugar or agave would be a better sub for the honey in this recipe?

    • Hi Alex! We think you could definitely use some brown sugar (dissolved in some hot water), or agave (though you might not need quite as much agave). We hope you and your little one enjoy this!

  38. This was crazy amazing! I subbed red wine vinegar and canola oil for the sauce and didn’t have any sesame seeds for garnish and it was still amazing! Perfect with a healthy amount of sriracha on top for good measure. My husband raved over it and he’s usually not one to do that. This is going into my rotation for sure!

  39. Was in a great hurry and with hungry teenagers who didn’t want the same thing again but something different…I found this recipe…after making some tweaks of my own (like swapping potatoes for rice because my son doesn’t like rice) making a soy sauce glaze; I had some very happy teens in minutes. Thanks so much for the great idea.

  40. Made a gluten free version of this and WOW!  Family of 7 and guests loved it. Loved it so much that one of my girlies has requested it for  her birthday dinner.   Can be difficult to find quick and easy gluten free that doesn’t require donation of an organ to buy the ingredients. We have added edamame  and water chestnuts; the girlies love to crunch!  Great recipe 

    • Thanks for sharing with us, Jeanne — we’re so happy it was a hit with folks, and that’s so sweet that your daughter requested it for her birthday dinner! :D

  41. Sorry I’m new to GF but I was told soy sauce was one thing I needed to stay away from and it’s an ingredient in this recipe. What am I missing?this sounds delicious and got great reviews but it’s listed as GF. 

    • Hi Stacy! We’re not sure where you see the Gluten Free tag in the recipe, but you can just use Tamari instead of the soy sauce (it’s very, very similar and is gluten-free). We hope this helps!

  42. Did you know that you can peel the stems of broccoli with a paring knife or a peeler and the inside is just as good, if not better, than the florets themselves? Saw it on Jacque Pepin and been doing it ever since. He also says that when the inside of mushrooms gets black and you think they’ve gone bad, that’s when the flavor is at it’s very peak. I hate wasting good mushrooms!

    • Hi Mary Beth,thanks for sharing this info with us, we’ll have to try both of those tips! :)

  43. Came across this last night. Just happened to have all ingredients, it was amazing and simple! Absolutely making again, thanx

  44. I really, really don’t like the flavor of soy sauce (I think I’m probably the only one on the planet who doesn’t). Would sweet and sour sauce suffice?

    • Hi Teresa! Do you like fish sauce by chance? That would be much closer to soy sauce (but maybe too close?) You could certainly do sweet and sour sauce if you prefer. We hope you enjoy!

  45. It’s great. I make a double batch so there’s plenty to go around.

  46. Kikkoman makes a gluten free, preservative free soy sauce ?

  47. This is delicious!!! I have 2 small children so something easy and healthy is great, and this was!! I am for sure going to be making this often!! Thank you! 

  48. This is a great, basic stir fry that’s really easy to put together! In addition to the chicken and broccoli I added 8 oz of sliced mushrooms, a few bell peppers, and a small handful of shredded carrots because I like a variety of veggies in my stir fry. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Thank you, Stephanie — we’re so glad you enjoyed it and we love the veggies you added! :)

  49. Made this tonight and absolutely adding it to the rotation. Both my 4 and 2.5 year olds ate it up, and the little guy is picky. I will absolutely add more veggies like water chestnuts and mini corn but my boys love broccoli so I’m happy regardless (I rarely use fresh veggies bc I stock up on frozen so that’s always more readily available to me and I can add more if I want extra and leave the rest frozen so it’s not TOO much and no waste. I just cooked it on the microwave until it was close to room temp and tossed it in the pan). I’m also going to double this as my ONLY complaint is there isn’t a lot leftover. We aren’t big eaters, either. This was SO fast and SO easy. Might tone down the rice vinegar bc it was a little strong but might not. I’ve been meaning to introduce brown rice into our diets and this dish really worked well with it. Thank you!

    • We’re so glad to hear that, Laura — thanks for sharing with us! :)

  50. We loved the recipe. Was fantastic!  Only thing, next time I will double the sauce because it was so good!  ??