Home > Dinner > Chicken Stir Fry Chicken Stir Fry June 15, 2019 | 40 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Skip the take out, this Chicken Stir Fry is the real deal. Packed with fresh sautéed veggies, flavorful chicken, and an addictive savory sauce all ready in 30 minutes or less! This stir fry is the perfect easy weeknight dinner solution. After you’ve tried this stir fry, make sure to try these other easy dinner favorites: chicken chow mein, beef lettuce wraps, or easy asian steak bites. Quick & easy dinner recipe When you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a meal to clear out those leftover veggies hanging out in your fridge, a chicken stir fry always comes through. But not just any chicken stir fry — this recipe is loaded with flavors and a delicious sauce that coats it all. You can prep the veggies, chicken, and sauce ahead of time to have a dinner that will take less than 10 minutes to cook through after a busy day of work. This meal also makes a great meal prep recipe as leftovers store well for 3 to 4 days. Today I’m also sharing my favorite quick cucumber salad to pair with this stir fry. It takes minutes to whip together and truly rounds out this chicken stir fry beautifully. What do you eat with chicken stir fry? The great thing about chicken stir fry, is that it’s pretty all inclusive — you’ve got protein, vegetables, and a sauce all in one dish. I recommend serving the chicken stir fry over rice (brown or white) or quinoa (how to cook quinoa here). Whenever we make a chicken stir fry, we like pairing it with a simple cucumber salad that I’m sharing the recipe for below (it’s a delicious pairing!) You can also pair this stir fry with a fruit salad, Spring rolls, egg rolls, or dumplings. Cucumber salad: 1 large English cucumber (~2 cups) 2 green onions (~2 tablespoons) 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 1 teaspoon white sugar Salt & Pepper Optional: toasted sesame seeds Peel cucumber and then half lengthwise. Slice halves into thin half-moons. Thinly slice green onions. In a medium bowl, toss together cucumber, green onion, sesame oil, vinegar, sugar, and a large pinch of salt and pepper (or to taste). Stir and let sit and marinate for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until chicken stir fry is ready to eat! Right before serving you can add a sprinkle of sesame seeds if desired. What seasonings go well with stir fry? This chicken stir fry is loaded with delicious flavor thanks to the sauce we use. Other seasonings that go really well with this stir fry are crushed red pepper flakes (if you like some heat) and/or toasted sesame seeds. For this recipe, we add fresh ginger and fresh garlic to further enhance flavors. Vegetables to put in a stir fry There are so many great options for vegetables to use in a stir fry. I used some of my favorites: broccoli, onion, carrots, snow peas, and a sweet bell pepper. Below are some other ideas: Mushrooms Green bell pepper Zucchini Red onion Water chestnuts Baby corn Bok choy Green (or red) cabbage Asparagus Bean sprouts Chicken stir fry sauce Let’s be honest, plain chicken & veggies are fine and all but it’s the sauce that really makes this dish! It’s a combination of these simple ingredients: Cornstarch: this is what will thicken the sauce and make it perfectly coat every bite. Soy Sauce: this is the base of the flavor for the sauce. I recommend buying lite soy sauce to avoid all the sodium. Oyster Sauce: a “secret” ingredients that makes this soy sauce; it really brings the flavor to the next level! Chicken Stock/Broth: this bulks up and flavors the sauce; it’s a relatively more neutral flavor that allows all the other flavors to shine. Brown Sugar: a little bit of sugar to balance all the flavors. Sesame oil: another “secret” ingredient that add an incredible depth of flavor. This sauce can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge in a mason jar. Shake it up right before adding it in! Are stir fries good for you? Yes! Stir fries are packed with vegetables. They are cooked in a small amount of oil and the fat content is low. Also, when sauteing in a pan, the vegetables will retain more nutrients than if they were boiled. (More information here.) Below are some of the health benefits of the ingredients in this chicken stir fry: Ginger: aids in digestion, helps prevents nausea, lowers blood sugar, improves heart disease risk factors Fresh Vegetables: rich in potassiums, folate, dietary fiber, vitamin A & C Chicken Breasts: great source of protein, phosphorus, niacin, and vitamin B6 Garlic cloves: combats the common cold, reduces blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, helps detoxify your body More easy chicken dinners: Chicken Ramen 20 minute meal Mango Chicken marinated grilled chicken with a mango salsa Chicken Salad reader favorite Pesto Chicken with corn & bean Salsa Coconut Curry Chicken 30 minute meal FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Chicken Stir Fry 4.95 from 17 votes - Review this recipe Skip the take out, this Chicken Stir Fry is the real deal. Packed with fresh sautéed veggies, flavorful chicken, and an addictive savory sauce all ready in 30 minutes or less! SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Chicken Stir Fry 4.95 from 17 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Skip the take out, this Chicken Stir Fry is the real deal. Packed with fresh sautéed veggies, flavorful chicken, and an addictive savory sauce all ready in 30 minutes or less! Course Dinner Cuisine American Keyword chicken stiry fry Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 4 servings Calories 251kcal IngredientsSAUCE2 teaspoons cornstarch1 and 1/2 tablespoons lite soy sauce1 tablespoon oyster sauce3/4 cup chicken stock (chicken broth works)1 tablespoon brown sugar, lightly measured, do not pack!1/2 teaspoon toasted (or plain sesame oil)Freshly cracked pepperSTIR FRY1 and 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil2 garlic cloves, finely chopped1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped1 cup yellow onion, thinly sliced (~1/2 medium onion)1/2 pound (8 ounces) boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch chunks3/4 cup carrot, very thinly sliced on the diagonal (~1 large carrot)1 cup sugar snap peas1 cup broccoli florets1 cup red pepper, cut into strips (~1 medium pepper)Optional: crushed red pepper flakes, green onion, toasted sesame seedsOptional: serve over white or brown rice InstructionsSAUCE: Start by making the sauce. In a small bowl, add the cornstarch and soy sauce. Whisk with a fork until smooth. Add in the oyster sauce, chicken stock, brown sugar, sesame oil, and a few cracks of pepper (to taste). Whisk until smooth and set aside.PREP: Prepare the chicken and veggies. Cut the chicken into small chunks (about 3/4 to 1 inch). Finely chop the garlic and ginger. Slice the onion into thin strips. Peel and then very thinly slice the carrot into diagonal slices (important the slices are thin so they cook in time). Chop the broccoli into small pieces, very thinly slice the pepper. The veggies need to be thinly sliced (or chopped small) so they can cook through quickly.COOK: Add the vegetable oil to a very large nonstick skillet or wok. Heat to high heat. Once hot, add garlic and ginger, stirring quickly to keep from burning. Add onion. Cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute or until onion begins to soften. Add chicken and stir for 1 minute until surface goes from pink to white. Add in the carrots, sugar snap peas, broccoli, and red pepper. Stir constantly for 1 minute. Pour in the sauce and cook, stirring near constantly for another 2-3 minutes or until sauce has thickened, chicken is cooked through, and veggies are crisp tender (they shouldn't get soggy or soft -- you want some bite to them!)SERVE: Remove from heat and serve immediately with your preferred base (we like rice!) Garnish with crushed red pepper flakes, thinly sliced green onions, and/or toasted sesame seeds as desired.See the blogpost for my favorite side to this chicken stir fry -- a simple cucumber salad! Video Nutrition FactsCalories: 251kcal DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.