Chicken Stir Fry

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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.

Image of the chicken stir fry all cooked and in the skillet ready to be served

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.

Image of all the fresh chopped veggies that go into this chicken stir fry in a bowl

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

Image of the chicken stir fry recipe in a bowl with rice and a fork on the side

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Chicken Stir Fry

4.95 from 17 votes
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!
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Chicken Stir Fry

4.95 from 17 votes
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

Ingredients

SAUCE

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 3/4 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 pepper

STIR FRY

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 cup yellow onion, thinly sliced (~1/2 medium onion)
  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 3/4 cup carrot, very thinly sliced on the diagonal (~1 large carrot)
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup red pepper, cut into strips (~1 medium pepper)
  • Optional: crushed red pepper flakes, green onion, toasted sesame seeds
  • Optional: serve over white or brown rice

Instructions

  • SAUCE: 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!

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Nutrition Facts

Calories: 251kcal

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39 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This looked delish, so I doubled the recipe. Worked fine. So colorful. I added a pinch of salt and the optional crushed red pepper flakes. Perfect. Thanks Chelsea!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious, nutritious and easy to make meal! Still not sure how this is considered American cuisine *scratches head* but delish nonetheless. Thanks!

    1. When the chinese community settled they opened a lot of this chinese restaurants. Merely for their community but other people started to like it and they americanized their dishes a little more. If you go to a Real chinese restaurant cuisine you’ll see the discrepancy.

  3. 5 stars
    PERFECT! I added zucchini. I doubled the recipe and fed 6 with a little left over. Served over medium grain white rice. Compliments all around.

  4. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe for dinner last night and it was delicious! My family really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Will definitely cook again!

  5. 4 stars
    I made this recipe tonight. It was pretty easy to make and the directions were clearly written. I would make a few changes next time. I would put more cornstarch to make the sauce thicker and I would add more ginger to make the sauce a little more spicy. Otherwise it was great. Thank you for the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    As soon as I saw your photo with all those colorful vegetables I knew I had to make this. I made it this week and my kids loved it. We all did. I added green and yellow bell peppers as well (just because we love peppers). It was so delicious, I’ll be making it again soon. Thanks for including those excellent photos of the recipe, it really helps to know what it looks like when I’m trying to decide on a new recipe.

    1. So happy to hear this was a hit! 🙂 Thanks so much for the comment and review 🙂 And thanks for the compliment on the photos!

    1. The oyster sauce adds a whole lot! I would try substituting it (maybe hoisin, fish sauce, or more soy sauce) or wait until you have it!

  7. 5 stars
    This is a VERY healthy dish. I cooked with all the ingredients, plus instant rice and added “cashews” and “red pepper”. It came out DELICIOUS!!!!

  8. Next Tuesday is Senior Day where I shop. I’m going to get the fixings for your recipe. If mine tastes half as good as your picture looks, I’ll definitely have a new favorite to add to my Copy Me That.

  9. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! It’s now my stand by stir fry recipe. I make it for my guys. I use the same recipe, minus the chicken, for me. (With tofu or cashews in it instead.) It’s delicious!!!! Thank you!!! We are all grateful!

  10. 5 stars
    I have made this countless times, always a big hit! When some friends sent me an email chain for a recipe during this quarantine, I responded that I don’t do chain emails, but did send them this recipe as an “apology” for not participating. They loved it!

  11. Used your marinade but added honey instead of sugar and paprika for heat. Added rice to cook with chicken in water after chicken was 3/4 cooked. Taste great.

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