Chinese Chicken with Broccoli

This easy stir-fry recipe for Chinese Chicken and Broccoli in a brown sauce is quick, easy, and on the table in just 30 minutes – what more could you ask for?

Serve with a starter of Chinese Noodle Soup and Homemade Fried Rice for an authentic Chinese meal right in your own home!

This healthy version of a takeout favorite combines chicken, super healthy broccoli, garlic, and ginger for a delicious, weeknight dinner.

A Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal
This meal is perfect for busy midweek meals because it’s so fast and simple. Plus, you can toss in any meat or vegetables you have.
This truly is dinner on the table in just 30 minutes that’s homemade. Making Chinese food from scratch isn’t at all complicated.

Whether you’re new to cooking or a seasoned cook, this Chinese chicken and broccoli recipe can be made in your kitchen to serve up a simple dinner the whole family can enjoy.

Choosing the Best Broccoli

  • Choose bright green broccoli with a firm, strong stalks.
  • Woody stems should be avoided. They will turn out hard and chewy when cooked.
  • Avoid broccoli with yellowing florets. It’s a sign that it has gone past the stage of desirable texture.
  • Select broccoli with compact florets. The more open the florets, the less fresh it is.

Restaurant Quality at Home
The recipe tastes like what you get from Chinese restaurants even though this is made using store-bought ingredients.

And it’s just 408 calories – it doesn’t get much better!

Why this recipe works:

  • The use of fresh aromatics like ginger, garlic, and green onions adds big bold flavors that make a stir-fry special.
  • Using chicken thighs instead of breasts means more flavorful meat.
  • Steaming the broccoli before adding it to the stir-fry allows for perfectly cooked broccoli every time.
  • Cooking down the sauce to thicken it creates a sauce with deep, rich flavors.

How to Make Chinese Chicken and Broccoli:
Start with steaming the broccoli until it’s just undercooked (you’ll be adding it at the end to finish it off).

Next, heat the wok or pan and brown the chicken on all sides.

I use chicken thighs because it’s juicier and full of flavor. Once the chicken is browned, remove it from the wok and set aside.

Add some oil to the wok or pan and stir-fry the garlic, green onions and ginger (being careful not to let it get too dark).

Put the chicken back in the pan and add the soy sauce.

Add the hoisin sauce.

Next, add the hot water.

Drizzle with the honey.

Cover and simmer, turning & drizzling with honey now and again for 7-10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce reduced.

Add the broccoli to the pan.

Toss with the sauce until fully cooked.

It’s that simple. Serve and enjoy!

Impress your guests by serving this dish with my best ever fried rice for a real authentic tasting meal that’s completely homemade!

Cook’s tips:

  • Prepare all the ingredients before heating the pan or wok. When making a stir-fry, things move quickly. Have everything cut and measured before you start,
  • Set the heat high. Heat your pan or wok before adding the oil. This step will help prevent sticking to the pan.
  • Once the oil is added, spread it around the pan to coat it well. Choose an oil with a high smoke point. Like Vegetable or Peanut.
  • If you like a thicker sauce, mix some cornstarch with a little cold water until smooth and mix it in at the end until thickened. See the recipe notes for more information.
  • For an added crunch and texture, add some unsalted cashews or water chestnuts.
  • Add mushrooms, carrots and snow peas to create a whole new dish that’s just as easy.
  • Serve with brown rice for an extra healthy meal.
  • Replace the Hoisin sauce with Teriyaki sauce or Oyster Sauce for a simple variation.

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large head of Broccoli cut into florets
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6 boneless chicken thighs skinless
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 green/spring onions trimmed and sliced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons light soy sauce (extra to taste)
  • 6 Tablespoons honey approximately
  • 6 Tablespoons hot water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Steam or sauté the broccoli to the softness just a bit firmer than you prefer & set aside.
  2. Heat a wok over high heat and add a bit of oil. Add the chicken and brown on all sides to seal the meat. Remove the chicken and set aside.
  3. Fry the garlic, spring onion and ginger for 30 seconds in the hot wok adding a little more oil if necessary, tossing now and then.
  4. Put the chicken back in the wok. Add the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and the hot water and bring to a boil. Drizzle with some of the honey, cover, and simmer, turning & drizzling with honey now and again for 7-10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce reduced.
  5. Add the broccoli and toss with the sauce until cooked through

NOTE

  • Prepare all the ingredients before heating the wok. When making a stir-fry, things move quickly. Have everything cut and measured before you start,
  • Set the heat high. Heat your pan or wok before adding the oil. This step will help prevent sticking to the pan.
  • Once the oil is added, spread it around the pan to coat it well. Choose an oil with a high smoke point. Like Vegetable or Peanut.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce: Mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in with 1 tablespoon of cold water and stir until smooth paste forms. Stir into the simmering sauce bring to a boil and simmer just until any starchy taste has been cooked away.

Nutrition Information:Calories: 408kcal (20%)| Carbohydrates: 24g (8%)| Protein: 38g (76%)| Fat: 18g (28%)| Saturated Fat: 10g (63%)| Cholesterol: 161mg (54%)| Sodium: 1087mg (47%)| Potassium: 958mg (27%)| Fiber: 4g (17%)| Sugar: 13g (14%)| Vitamin A: 1075IU (22%)| Vitamin C: 137.8mg (167%)| Calcium: 101mg (10%)| Iron: 3mg (17%)