Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

Stir-fry Chinese Chicken and Broccoli that is seasoned with the perfect amount of ginger, garlic, broccoli florets, and a deep, rich soy sauce glaze.

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Chinese Chicken and Broccoli?

ChickenTo make the signature chicken and broccoli look, cut the chicken breast thinly at an angle, against the grain. Thin, flat, circular shapes are the final result.
Olive OilThis dish is all about quality. Make sure to use excellent vegetable oil.
OnionYou may use finely diced red, yellow, or white onion.
GingerWill add a rich taste and aroma to the dish.
GarlicWill also add a rich flavor and aroma.
Broccoli florets Make sure to cut any larger florets into bite-size pieces.
For the sauce: Low-sodium vegetable broth, low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, pure maple syrup, and corn starch.
A pan of Chinese chicken and broccoli

How to Make Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

1.) First, make sure you have all of your ingredients ready. This recipe is whipped up quickly. When ready, add the thinly-sliced chicken breast to a mixing bowl; season with salt, and pepper, set aside.

2.) Make the soy sauce glaze. In a microwave-safe bowl, add vegetable broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, and pure maple syrup. Microwave for one minute. Next, whisk in the corn starch; set the sauce aside.

3.) Brown the chicken. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is nice and hot, drizzle in the olive oil. Swirl the pan to ensure the bottom is fully coated.

  • Then, add the chicken to the hot pan spacing out the pieces.
  • Once you place the chicken in the pan, do not touch! This will allow the chicken to get nice and golden brown on the bottom.
  • Once the bottom browns, flip the chicken over to get the other side golden brown; about 4-5 minutes in total time.
  • When ready, remove the chicken from the pan and transfer to a dish.

4.) Next, make the soy sauce glaze. In the same pan, drizzle in more oil. Add the finely diced onion, ginger, and garlic. Stir-fry until aromatic.

5.) Put it all together. Finally, add in the warm soy sauce glaze we microwaved to the pan. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken. Add the chicken and broccoli to the soy glaze. Stir-fry until the broccoli has softened to the desired consistency.

Chinese chicken and broccoli with chopsticks

Substitutions and Variations

Do you not have chicken breasts? Feel free to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, or chicken tenderloins instead.

What can I use instead of soy sauce? Coconut Aminos is a great alternative to soy sauce.

Don’t want onions? Simply leave it out or use shallots for a more mild taste.

a bowl of Chinese chicken and broccoli

Read the recipe from start to finish. You will better understand the flow of the recipe and identify any unfamiliar words or methods.

Shop for the ingredients beforehand. When you shop ahead, you are less likely to swap out ingredients for what you don’t have, thus creating a complete recipe fail!

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chinese chicken and broccoli

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli


  • Author: ashley
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli that is seasoned with the perfect amount of ginger, garlic, onions, and a deep, rich, soy sauce glaze. 


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Ingredients

For the soy sauce glaze

1/3 low-sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable broth

1 tbsp pure maple syrup

1 tsp sesame oil

1 tbsp corn starch

For the chicken

1 lb. boneless, skinless, chicken breast, thinly sliced

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp coarse black pepper

Produce

3/4 cup onion, finely chopped

23  garlic cloves, finely chopped, about 1 tbsp

 1 tsp finely chopped ginger, packed

12 oz broccoli florets or 3 cups

Garnish

1 tbsp sesame seeds, optional


Instructions

Create the soy glaze

In a microwave-safe bowl, add the vegetable broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, and pure maple syrup. Microwave for 1 minute (just until the liquid is nice and hot). Then, whisk in the corn starch. Set the sauce aside.

Cook the chicken

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is nice and hot, drizzle in the olive oil. Swirl the pan to ensure the bottom is fully coated. Next, add the chicken to the hot pan spacing out the pieces.

Once you place the chicken in the pan, do not touch! This will allow the chicken to get nice and golden brown on the bottom. Flip the chicken to get the other side golden brown; about 4-5 minutes in total time. When ready, remove the chicken from the pan and set aside on a plate.

Putting it all together

In the same pan, drizzle in more oil. Add the finely diced onion, ginger, and garlic; stir-fry until aromatic.

Next, add in the warm soy sauce glaze. Cook until the sauce starts to thicken. Once thicken, add the chicken and broccoli to the soy glaze; continue to stir-fry until the broccoli has softened to the desired consistency.

To serve

Top over a bed of fluffy quinoa or rice. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy while hot. 

 

Notes

Make sure to use low- sodium soy sauce and low-sodium broth or else the dish will be too salty. The soy sauce will add all the salt this dish needs. 

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American-Chinese

Keywords: chinese chicken and broccoli in garlic sauce, Chicken and Broccoli recipe, authentic chinese chicken recipes

This recipe was adapted from Skinnytaste with heavy modifications made.

1 Comment

  1. Tammy says:

    Every single recipe I came across has refined sugar in it. I like how this recipe uses maple syrup instead. Great idea!

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