Easy Chicken Stir Fry
This Asian-inspired Chicken, Broccoli, and Bell Pepper Stir Fry is a quick, flavorful weekday supper! Your family will love every bite!
This Easy Chicken Stir Fry can be adapted to whatever you have in your fridge and can be on the table in about 30 minutes. Can’t beat that!
Why You Must Make
- The meat marinates while you chop the garlic, ginger, and veggies; and in about 30 minutes, the meal is ready.
- The stir-fry sauce has a delicious depth of flavor with garlic, ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sherry. Nothing too hard to procure.
- Once you master how to make a stir fry, it’s easy to shake this up with beef or pork and your favorite vegetables!
I had chicken in the freezer, some broccoli plus one tired-looking red bell pepper in the fridge, and plenty of Asian marinade ingredients in the pantry. This chicken, broccoli, and bell pepper stir fry was on the table in no time. Just right for a weekday supper.
- Kitchen Staples – Sugar, Fresh Garlic, Soy Sauce, Cornstarch, Vegetable Oil, Salt
- Boneless Skinless Chicken – May use pork, beef, shrimp, etc. instead.
- Produce – Scallions, Fresh Ginger, Red Bell Pepper, Broccoli Florets
- Dry Sherry – Alcohol is a flavor enhancer. Most of the alcohol will evaporate as the dish cooks.
- Toasted Sesame Oil – Find this with the Asian foods on the grocery store shelves.
- Oyster Sauce – Find with the Asian foods.
- Red Chili Flakes/Crushed Red Pepper Flakes – Adjust to your palate.
- Steamed Rice – to serve.
How to Make
- Marinate the chicken while you prep the other ingredients. Add oil to the skillet and heat. Add peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, water, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, and remove vegetables to a plate when broccoli is tender.
- Add more oil to the skillet and brown the chicken sprinkled with chili flakes.
- Add the oyster sauce and return the vegetables to the pan. Add the cornstarch slurry to thicken the juices.
- Thin the sauce with water if needed. Check for seasonings and add salt and pepper if needed. Serve over rice.
- Use a wok or another pan with a large surface area.
- Use an oil that can withstand high heat like peanut or canola oil, not olive oil.
- Marinate your meat/protein for at least 15 minutes before adding it to the stir fry.
- Cut your vegetables in similar sizes so they are done at the same time.
- Cook over high heat.
- Cook the hardest vegetables first, then add the more tender vegetables. If using Napa cabbage, that should be added last.
- Since this is a stir fry, stir frequently.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s any dish made by quickly frying small pieces of food in a large pan over high heat while constantly stirring. This technique has Asian roots and results in a dish that still has crisp, vibrant vegetables, minimal fat, and a flavorful sauce.
Many stir-fries are made in woks, which are specialized pans, but other pans with large surface areas work well, too.
First, there should be a source of protein like chicken, beef, pork, seafood, or tofu. Vegetables and aromatics such as broccoli, peppers plus garlic, scallions, and fresh ginger in this recipe are the second component of a stir fry. And to complete the trio, there must be a flavorful sauce.
Often the garlic, ginger, etc. are added to the oil to impart flavor, then removed so they don’t burn. Then add the vegetables from the hardest to the softest, giving ingredients like carrots and broccoli a longer time to cook. Remove the vegetables and cook the protein. Add the vegetables back in, then, finally, add the sauce. A thickener like cornstarch (mixed in water) is often added at the end to make a thick, glossy sauce.
Cornstarch is a powder and to make it easier to incorporate into the stir fry, it’s whisked with water creating a “slurry.” This makes it much easier to disperse and coat the ingredients. This mixture must be brought to a boil to thicken.
Make sure to add aromatics like onions, scallions, garlic, and or ginger. Include flavorful ingredients in your sauce like toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, and sherry. Alcohol is a good flavor enhancer, like salt, so adding sherry is another tip.
All you need is rice to soak up the sauce. It can be white rice or even brown rice. Other grains will work well, too, like quinoa or farro, but rice is the most traditional.
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Chicken, Broccoli and Bell Pepper Stir Fry
An easy weeknight stir fry the whole family will love!
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, in thin slices or cubes
- 3 scallions (whites only) sliced on an angle
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 -inch piece of peeled fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon of cornstarch
- 1 ¼ teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- About ⅓ cup of water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
- 3-4 cups small broccoli florets
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced or cut in half, optional
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes, optional
- 1-2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- Steamed rice, to serve
- In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the scallion whites, about half the garlic and ginger, the soy sauce, sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the sherry, and the sesame oil. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.
- Mix the remaining cornstarch with ⅓ cup water.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over high heat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and heat.
- Add the bell pepper, broccoli florets, and the remaining garlic, ginger, 2 tablespoons of water, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper.
- Stir-fry until the broccoli is bright green but is tender enough to be pierced easily with a knife. Transfer to a plate.
- Reheat the skillet again, and then add 2 more tablespoons of oil.
- Add the chicken and chili flakes, if using. Stir-fry until the chicken loses its raw color and gets a little brown, about 3 minutes.
- Add the oyster sauce, return the broccoli to the pan, and toss to heat through.
- Stir in the reserved cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil to thicken.
- Add more water if need to thin the sauce if desired.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.
- Serve with rice.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 572Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1427mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 16gSugar: 14gProtein: 48g
25 Comments on “Easy Chicken Stir Fry”
I love Asian food, but I stick to the same old recipes – this looks delicious and different! Lovely #WeekdaySupper!
I am so glad you also feel that way! Some times coming up with dinner and then making it just seems so…hard! Especially when the only response I get when I ask what my husband wants is “pizza”! Um, no, we can’t have pizza every night. This stir fry looks delicious. I always forget about stir-fries….must remember!
So many yummy flavours here. I love how this can be made with lots of leftover vegetables from the crisper in the fridge. And what a comforting meal to enjoy at the end of a long week xx
Very nice recipe for an autumn dinner !
I love quick and easy stirfries like this. This looks very fresh and tasty, Liz.
We love stir-fries, they’re perfect for weeknights and so tasty too 🙂 Love this chicken, brocolli and bell pepper one, it looks wonderful!
We are complete opposites in the kitchen. Coming up with something sweet is a real struggle. That’s why I keep of jar of mixed chocolate morsel chips in the pantry. 🙂 Dinner is easy. I can come up with a countless number of ideas and like you, stirfries and fried rice dishes are great standbys. This is a great one Liz!
Sometimes I wonder if I have too many sauce jars and bottles stashed in the refrigerator and pantry, but they make weeknight cooking that much easier.
I’m with you with desserts vs. entrees. Who needs real food anyway? 🙂
I haven’t made stir fry in a long time. This might just be the recipe that starts me making them again.
Stirfry is the perfect weeknight dish. So fast and easy!
I love a good stir fry, perfect week night meal!
I love this dish! I’d love to try! It looks so delicious and healthy!
This is one super meal, Liz. I love the combo of mushroom, broccoli and chicken. Yum!
I love a good stir fry! THis sounds super tasty!
Liz, I know what you mean! Stir frys are always so easy and come together quickly. . you are so right about having some essentials in your pantry. As long as you have some essentials, you can whip up anything! Soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic are my faves! and is what I use all the time! love this stir fry!
I love simple and delicious comfort food like this 🙂
stir fries are a life saver especially when our kids just don’t agree to eat dinner we have planned to cook….they are quick,nutritive,delicious and always a winner with kids…..this broccoli and chicken stir fry looks very moreish,thanks 🙂
These are the kind of dinners I love! And there’s that oyster sauce I still have to try:@)
Bravo for keeping a well-stocked pantry, Liz! Good thing you live far away in Indiana…There might be a certain someone knocking at your door to borrow ingredients and indulge myself with your tasty Asian-style dinner!
Lady, you read my mind! I have been in SUCH a dinner rut lately, I need all the inspiration I can get! This stir-fry sounds soooo good!