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Healthy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Healthy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry in a fantastic brown sauce, a delicious recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes. It’s the perfect choice if time is short, but you don’t want to compromise on taste. Nutritious, easy to make, and delicious, what a winner!

Overhead shoot of a white plate with Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Rice

Chicken and broccoli, the one food combo that never fails to delight my taste buds. Not just because, if cooked the healthy way, it’s utterly nutritious and absolutely delicious, but also because it’s a cheap, easy dinner dish that can feed the whole family.

Even kids, well, those who don’t mind broccoli, like the idea of my chicken dinner. If I ever complained about having fussy kids, I take it back and deeply apologise. My daughters are probably ones of the few kids in the history of mankind who will first eat broccoli, and then grab the more obvious kids’ popular choices, i.e. fries, chicken, etc

Now, I thought maybe it was a one time thing, and had to test it again. And, to my surprise, again the same miracle happened: they both wolved down the broccoli first, and after digged in to eat whatever else they had on the plate. And hear me out, they are only 17 months old and 3 years old. So, there is hope in the world!

A few weeks from now on, and I’ll probably moan again about them being fussy, but I will have to remind myself that they did behave at some point, and, like with anything nice, good things don’t last, and so that was probably only temporary. Oh well, I’ll be happy with that as well!

Collage of 2 photos to show how to make Healthy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Rice

RIGHT, so how do we make this deliciousness? Well, nothing easier. Stir frying is one of my favourite cooking technique, purely because it’s quick, and dead easy too. Plus, your vegetables still have a bit of crunch, which means you don’t kill all the vitamins by overcooking them.

THE CHICKEN MUST BE COOKED THROUGH though, so do make sure you leave it to cook properly. The veggies can be cooked for a lot less time, depending how soft or crunchy you like them, but with chicken, there is one option only, and that’s being cooked well.

With anything Chinese, the sauce is the star of the show. It enhances the flavours, it brings life even to the most boring dish, and it totally transforms a pretty plain chicken and broccoli recipe into a truly spectacular one.

The homemade version of the Chinese Brown Sauce is way healthier than the take-out one anyway, so don’t worry too much about high sodium or sugar content.  It’s super simple to make, all you need is some good chicken stock (broth), oyster sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce and rice vinegar. And, it you like it a bit thicker, you can also add cornflour.

But that’s pretty much it, my take on the classic Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry, a recipe that I make again and again and never have enough of.

For some more delicious Chinese recipes, how about my Broccoli and Beef Noodles Stir Fry, or Broccoli Tofu Stir Fry with Basmati Rice? They make a nice alternative to the good old chicken, and are as easy to make.

Overhead shoot of a white plate with Healthy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Rice, a pair of chopsticks and a red chilli pepper on the side

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4.5 from 2 votes
Healthy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Healthy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry in a fantastic brown sauce, a delicious recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes. It's the perfect choice if time is short, but you don't want to compromise on taste. Nutritious, easy to make, and delicious, what a winner!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: healthy chinese recipes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 637 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 250 g diced chicken breast
  • 1/2 head of broccoli
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 red chilli pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh ginger root
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 4 tbsp chicken stock (broth)
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • parsley or spring onions to garnish
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice under cold water, add to a pan, cover with 1 1/3 cups of cold salted water, and cook on a low heat until all the water has been absorbed.

  2. Turn off the heat, cover the pan with a lid, and leave the rice to rest for 5 minutes.

    Remove the lid, and use a fork to fluff the rice up. Set aside.

  3. In a wok, heat up one tablespoon of vegetable oil, add the chicken and stir fry on a high heat for about 5 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through.

  4. Add the chopped garlic, ginger, red chilli pepper, and broccoli broken into florets, and continue to stir for 3-4 minutes or until the broccoli has the desired texture, either a bit crunchy or soft.

  5. To make the sauce, combine the chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar, and pour it over the chicken and broccoli.

  6. Mix the corflour with 3 tablespoons of cold water, and stir well, then add it to the pan, and mix everything together until the sauce thickens slightly.

  7. Remove from the heat and serve with rice.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 637 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 872mg 36%
Potassium 1190mg 34%
Total Carbohydrates 92g 31%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 6g
Protein 39g 78%
Vitamin A 24%
Vitamin C 207.1%
Calcium 11.2%
Iron 15.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

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Healthy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry in a fantastic brown sauce, a delicious recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes. It's the perfect choice if time is short, but you don't want to compromise on taste. Nutritious, easy to make, and delicious, what a winner!

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7 Comments

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    Lina
    January 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    A very well detailed and amazing recipe! Love the look of it! Will bookmark it !

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    Maria
    April 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe, Daniela! It turned out great but I had it with fried rice rather than steamed rice. I’ll try it with steamed rice next time, but I’ll have to make it a bit less dry, with a thick sauce perhaps so that it isn’t too dry with plain steamed rice.

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      Daniela Anderson
      April 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Maria! Thank you for your comment, l’m glad you enjoyed the recipe, it’s one of my favourite.

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    Harriet
    August 2, 2018 at 6:11 am

    I love stir fry they are quick to make and virtually a one pot dish, when you add vegetables like you have. I will be trying your recipe soon. Thanks.

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