Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is an excellent go-to lunch or dinner option.  You know those busy busy days when you need a meal on the table quickly (and you’ve literally got nothing to go to at 5pm)… this is going to be your saving grace!

Juicy chicken pieces and tender crisp broccoli are mixed with a homemade stir fry sauce to create a quick meal that the whole family will love!

I love serving this chicken broccoli stir fry recipe over rice, but you can serve it over noodles if you’d like, or even enjoy it on its own!

Plate of Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with rice

Chicken Stir Fry is a go-to around here! All of us absolutely love it, it takes just minutes to make and it’s fresh and healthy!

I’m always looking for homemade lunches (and dinners) that taste great and reheat well and this Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry fits the bill perfectly.

The great thing about chicken stir fry is that it’s loaded with fresh veggies and lean protein so it’s the perfect meal! While this recipe is simple with just broccoli, feel free to add in whatever is in your fridge to make it your own! Peppers, mushrooms and zucchini are great choices too!

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry in a pot

It’s just one of many recipes I’ve tried from the newest addition to my beloved cookbook collection, The Weekday Lunches & Breakfasts Cookbook! This yummy book was written by my good friend Mary (who blogs over at Barefeet in the Kitchen)!

It’s packed with easy meal ideas for breakfasts and lunches (and if you’re anything like us, they make perfect dinners too). I can assure you first hand that Mary’s recipes are always easy to make and nothing short of delicious. You can grab your copy here on Amazon!

Cookbook on a cutting board

How to Make Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry always turns out the best when you cook it at a high temperature.  This ensures that you don’t overcook the chicken or broccoli and adds a nice brown crust to the chicken. I like to make sure that all of my ingredients are prepped before I begin cooking so I am not scrambling to get everything into the skillet on time!

Browning your onion and chicken in your skillet adds tons of flavor to this dish, so resist the urge to stir your skillet too soon! Using chicken thighs ensures delicious juicy bites of chicken every time however you can certainly replace it with chicken breasts if you prefer.  Be sure to watch the chicken breasts don’t overcook.

Adding oil your skillet ensures the chicken doesn’t stick while it’s cooking.  If it does stick a bit that’s ok because the sauce will deglaze, and all of that deliciousness will add a ton of flavor to this chicken and broccoli stir fry.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with rice on a plate

While you cook your chicken and steam your broccoli, you can quickly stir together your sauce ingredients. Once you add your sauce, make sure you scrape the bottom of your skillet well to add in those yummy browned bits and stir it all to combine.

Once it is thickened, you are set with a delicious at-home meal option that tastes better than take-out! Serve this easy meal over rice or noodles for the perfect meal!

This chicken and broccoli stir fry can be made ahead, which makes dinner time even faster. I love packing it for school lunches too! It will last about 3 days in the fridge in an airtight container, and can be reheated in a microwave or on the stove top! (And remember you can grab your copy of this awesome book here).

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Plate of Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with rice
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Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Tender chicken and broccoli tossed in a deliciously simple stir fry sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 ½ tablespoon light flavored olive oil or coconut oil divided
  • 1 medium onion sliced into thin strips, about 1 ½ cups
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 ½ pound boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 3 cups bite-sized broccoli florets
  • cooked rice for serving optional


  • Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add ½ tablespoon of oil, and let it warm for a few seconds. Add the onion strips and let them cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and stir. Push the garlic and onion to the outside of the pan.
  • Pour the remaining oil in the center of the skillet. Add the chicken. Spread across the skillet and sprinkle with cornstarch. Cook without stirring for 2 minutes, until browned, and then use a sturdy metal spatula to lift and flip each piece of chicken. Cook for 1 minute.
  • While the chicken is cooking, stir together the soy sauce, honey, and chili paste. Add the sauce to the skillet and stir to combine.
  • Add the broccoli on top of the other ingredients and cover with lid. Cook for 2 minutes. The broccoli should be bright green and barely softened. Remove the lid and stir, scraping up any bits of sauce or meat from the bottom of the skillet. Simmer 1 minute to thicken the sauce, stirring frequently. Serve on its own or over rice, if desired.

Make-Ahead Directions

  • Store this in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove. This can be stored in one large container or portioned into individual servings for storage and reheating.


Boneless skinless chicken breasts may be substituted for the thighs in this recipe. However, breasts will cook faster, so take care not to overcook.
Recipe published with permission from The Weekday Lunches & Breakfasts Cookbook
*Nutrition calculated without rice.
5 from 115 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 336 | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 885mg | Potassium: 737mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 64.5mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian

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  1. So delicious! And quick to make at the end of a long work day.
    I use a lot of your recipes and thought I should let you know how much I enjoy making them, since cooking is NOT my first love!

    1. Aww thanks Sara! Cooking is definitely a first love around here, but we love making recipes everyone can enjoy!

  2. Tried this recipe tonight and the whole family loved it! I had everything on hand and it was super simple and quick to make. This will be a regular in our house. I did end up adding an additional tsp of cornstarch at the end to thicken the sauce a bit more.5 stars

  3. I made this twice already within 2 weeks. This dish rocks. It’s so inexpensive and easy to make.
    It especially rocks because my kids don’t just like it, they LOVE it and keep saying how delicious it is. It’s a bit sweet for my husband but he likes it enough. I can experiment with level of sweetness and spice level for him.5 stars

  4. Will the honey give it a sweet taste? I wanted to
    Make a savory stir fry and am concerned that with the honey it make be sweet and savory.

  5. Holly your recipe is amazing. My family loved it. I am so excited to try another of your recipes. Thank you for sharing your recipe.5 stars

  6. Such an easy technique! I will use this again for sure. I added celery, and blanched almonds at the end to make it more like the take out chicken that the kids love. It worked! It tricked them in to eating it. ;) I will definitely invest in some low sodium soy sauce. I used regular and it was a little bit too salty! Paired this with some pre-made Chinese dumplings from the grocery store and it was just like getting take out!5 stars

  7. If you were going to add mushrooms and peppers, would you put them in at the same time as the broccoli and just steam them, or would you do something differently?

    1. Personally, I would add them a bit earlier because they take a little longer to cook to my liking than the broccoli.

  8. I made this exactly as directed and it came out sooo tasty. I served it over white rice and My 3 children devoured it then asked for more!!! This recipe is a keeper and will get rotated in regularly. Thanks for the fantastic meal! 5 stars

  9. Great recipe! Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate. I just would make sure that the chicken that I’m including in my dish has been pasture raised in order to avoid the consumption of meat that comes from an animal that ingested GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) grains throughout its life. Chicken meat brands that advertise their products claiming that they have been raised in a “free range” do not provide any relevant information to the consumer about what were the conditions of the space in which they were raised. I discuss this and other topics related to nutrition and well being on Google+ 5 stars

  10. Just found your site. Have several recipes to try. This one will be first. Thanks for the help! I know you are a blessing to many of us. God bless.

  11. We love this stir fry so much! I’m so very happy that you’re enjoying the cookbook, Holly. Your photos are gorgeous!5 stars

  12. I love the combo of chicken and broccoli. The stir fry sauce sounds delicious too! It’s awesome that it takes less than 30 minutes to make too. Perfect for a quick meal.

  13. Broccoli is one of the veggie mixing with any kind of meat easily. As a fan of broccoli, I love all the dishes having it xD so tasty and healthy all the time.

  14. I have a hard time getting the stir fry to cook at the right temp – I think I usually cook it too low. I’ll try your suggestion to make sure it’s a high heat. Thanks for the recipe!

  15. your description in cooking this is amazing I just am sitting her wanting to make this right now I love the recipes and the ingredients and cant wait to try this!5 stars