Quick Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli

Quick Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli

Quick stir-fry chicken and broccoli is so simple and easy for any busy weeknight and has the most incredible sauce. Top it with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and green onions for the perfect weeknight meal you can make in 20 minutes or less. It’s one of our favorite go-to meals.

Chicken, Steak or Salmon

This recipe may look familiar to you because it’s similar to the OG, the quick stir-fry beef and broccoli recipe on Nicole’s Tasting Spoon. After my family fell in love with the flavors of that dish, I decided to write another recipe for chicken. I haven’t tested it, but I am pretty certain the flavors would be amazing with salmon or shrimp too!

Quick Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli

Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli – Simple Ingredients

Chicken Breasts: Trim your chicken breasts and cut them into bite-size pieces.  These bite-size pieces will cook quickly, try to make the pieces all similar in size so that they cook at the same pace.

Soy Sauce: I find that the less-sodium soy sauces taste better.

Hoisin Sauce: A thick salty and sweet bold sauce that provides the main flavors of this stir-fry. It can be similar to BBQ sauce but with more of an Asian flare of flavor.

Rice Vinegar: Is a milder vinegar that adds a little acidity to the sweet and salty to help create the perfect balance.

Brown Sugar: In my opinion, brown sugar and soy sauce go hand-in-hand. A little bit of the warm brown sugar gives the hint of molasses which deepens the flavors of the stir-fry.

Red Pepper Flakes: Found in the spice aisle of the grocery store. This will add a little heat to the sweet and salty flavors we will get from the pan sauce.

Green Onions: Thinly sliced green onions (otherwise known as scallions) are a mild onion. You will use the white end in the recipe and the green tops for garnish.

Broccoli: You will want to use fresh broccoli for the best flavor. Cut the broccoli into bite-size florets.

Sesame Seeds: Garnish the top with a sprinkle of sesame seeds for a nutty crunch texture.

Quick Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

How to Cook White Rice

There are two main types of white rice:

Long Grain White Rice/Jasmine Rice: Light and fluffy, plump and soft. The “normal” rice when you think of white rice or rice pilaf.

Short Grain Rice: Otherwise known as sticky white rice, which is another favorite in our house. This is our favorite rice to pop in the microwave (amazon affiliate link).

To Make Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli Rice:

Instant Pot: This is my favorite way to make a pot of fluffy white rice. The Kitchn has my go-to Instant Pot recipe on how to make the perfect rice.

To cook rice on the stove: 1 cup of long-grain white rice: 1 1/2 cups of water (FYI 1 cup of rice will be 3-4 servings cooked)

Rinse the rice under cold running water. Rinse until the water runs clear.

Add the rice and water into a pot (make sure the pot has a well-fitting lid). Bring the water up to a boil, add the lid. Turn the heat down to a low simmer for 15-17 minutes, until the water is gone and the rice is cooked through. Do not take the lid off during the simmering.

Fluff with a fork.

Quick Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli

Quick Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli

Quick Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli

This quick stir-fry chicken and broccoli is one of the easiest recipes to make at home, using super simple ingredients, ideal for any weeknight, takes less time than take-out.
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Course: Main Course, Weeknight Dinner
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: easy recipe, weeknight dinner, stir-fry
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4


  • Rice See blog notes
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 lb Chicken Breasts - cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 TBSP Green onions - thinly sliced white end save the green end for garnish
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 TBSP Rice Vinegar
  • 1 TBSP Brown Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 head Fresh Broccoli - chopped into bite size florets about 4 cups


  • If you are making rice or quinoa, start that first.
  • In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add your olive oil and let it heat up until it shimmers. Add your bite size pieces of chicken and thinly sliced green onions.
    Chicken breasts with green onions
  • Let the chicken quickly brown, stirring a few times to allow the chicken to brown on all sides and cook. About 3-5 minutes.
    Browned Chicken
  • As the chicken cooks, mix together the sauce - whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar and red pepper flakes and if you haven't already done so, cut up the broccoli.
    stir fry sauce
  • Once browned, turn the heat down, pour in the sauce mixture and add in the broccoli. Toss everything to incorporate.
    Chicken and Broccoli
  • Add a lid and let is cook over medium heat until the broccoli steams to your preferred crunchiness (about 5-7 minutes) and the sauce thickens.
    Quick Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry
  • Serve over rice. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds.
    Quick Stir-Fry Chicken and Broccoli

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