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EASY CHICKEN STIR FRY {Better Than Takeout!}

Whip up this healthy chicken stir fry for dinner this week. Marinated chicken that is pan-seared, and paired with mushrooms, broccoli, snow peas, and more.

This ginger chicken stir fry recipe is one that tastes better than ordering takeout! 

bowl of stir fry

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

CHICKEN STIR FRY

A healthy and easy chicken recipe you can make any day of the week. This chicken stir fry marinade is the magic touch to this recipe.

We pair this chicken stir fry with rice but feel free to use cauliflower rice for a lower-carb option. The sauce soaks into the rice and it is just incredible. Down to the last drops! 

ingredients for stir fry

INGREDIENTS FOR STIR FRY

  • cornstarch 
  • soy sauce (low sodium soy sauce works great too!)
  • light brown sugar 
  • ginger
  • sesame oil 
  • boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs 
  • vegetable oil
  • bell peppers
  • broccoli
  • snow peas
  • carrots
  • mushrooms
  • chicken broth – veggie broth works great too! 

Cornstarch – This is added to the chicken to make it tender and also helps to thicken the sauce

Vegetables – I prefer to make this with broccoli, carrots, peppers, and snow peas but this is a very customizable recipe. Use the vegetables that you like in your house. It’s great for using up leftovers too!

Marinade – the brown sugar, ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce make a delicious marinade. If you like your more tangy, try adding a little rice wine vinegar. A few red pepper flakes in the marinade will give it a kick if you like spicy!

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HOW DO YOU MAKE CHICKEN STIR FRY FROM SCRATCH?

ONE: Mix the marinade and add the chicken to season it. Prep the vegetables and set aside.

TWO: In a wok or large skillet, cook the chicken and the marinade un the chicken is cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside.

THREE: Add vegetables to the pan and cook until soft. Add in the chicken and remaining broth. Cook until the sauce is thick and shiny.

FOUR: Remove from the pan and serve immediately over rice. Garnish with sliced green onions and toasted sesame seeds!

Start off your Asian dinner with this Tom Yum Soup recipe while everyone is waiting for the main dish!

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

spoon of stir fry

WHAT CAN I ADD TO STIR FRY FOR FLAVOR?

For me, the homemade sauce is what makes a stir fry stand out. Soy sauce, honey, ginger, and garlic are what make this stir fry sauce incredible. It seasons the meat and veggies perfectly.

I like to add water chestnuts for a little crunch to mine too!

HOW DO I MAKE THE PERFECT STIR FRY?

Follow my recipe to learn how to make the perfect stir fry. Let the meat soak for a short bit. Then cook the chicken first, followed by veggies after. 

The cornstarch and water will help thicken the sauce so it creates a glaze that sticks to the chicken and vegetables. 

HOW DO YOU MAKE STIR FRY CHICKEN SO IT’S TENDER?

Slice up chicken breast or even boneless chicken thighs. You will find soaking with some oil helps to create a barrier around the chicken. So when you pan sears it, you won’t over-dry the chicken.

two bowls of stir fry

CAN I PUT RAW BROCCOLI IN STIR FRY?

You are more than welcome to toss in raw broccoli. Any vegetables you enjoy eating can work in a stir fry. Add as many varieties of vegetables, for a healthy eating dinner. 

HOW DO YOU STIR FRY CHICKEN WITHOUT DRYING IT OUT?

Making sure to not over-cook your stir fry is the number one thing. You need to make sure to remove the chicken from the pan once cooked. If you leave the chicken in as you cook the vegetables it will overcook and dry out the meat.

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bowl of stir fry with text "chicken stir fry"

I know you and your family enjoy this recipe as much as we do! It’s our weeknight go to!

MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES

bowl of stir fry

Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This ginger chicken stir fry recipe is one that tastes better than ordering takeout! 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons honey or light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • ½ red pepper, sliced thinly
  • ½ yellow pepper, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 bag (6 oz) snow peas
  • 1 large (1 cup) carrot, sliced thinly on diagonal
  • 1 package (8 oz) baby bella mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • ½ - 1 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the cornstarch and water together until evenly mixed.
  2. Add in the soy sauce, broth, honey or brown sugar, ginger, and sesame oil. Whisk or stir to combine.
  3. Add the chicken pieces and let sit while prepping the vegetables.
  4. Slice the peppers, mushrooms, carrots, and chop the broccoli into 1 inch florets.
  5. In a large skillet, add the oil and and heat over medium high heat.
  6. Add the chicken and the marinade to the pan. Cook for 5-7minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle.
  7. Remove the chicken and marinade and set aside in a bowl.
  8. Add the rest of the oil to the skillet. Add the peppers, broccoli, and carrots.
  9. Cook for 5 minutes or until the veggies start to soften.
  10. Add the mushrooms and the snow peas to the rest of the veggies and cook for another 3-5 minutes.
  11. Add the broth to the pan and stir. Add chicken mixture back to pan and continue cooking 3-5 minutes or until liquid is reduced to consistency you like.
  12. Remove the pan from the heat and serve immediately.
  13. Serve with rice or noodles if desired. I like to garnish mine with sliced green onions and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds!

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 299Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 816mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 33g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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