The sauce in this broccoli chicken stir fry is perfectly “saucy,” making it ideal for serving over steamy white rice. Homemade Chicken and Broccoli is an easy 30-minute meal and it has the best stir fry sauce.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir fry in skillet garnished with sesame seeds

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Chicken Broccoli Mushroom Stir Fry:

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry satisfies the craving for takeout and you’ll feel good about serving this to your family because it’s healthier than going out. If you loved our Beef and Broccoli, then you will love this chicken stir fry. It’s loaded with tender chicken, mushrooms and fresh broccoli. I hope you’re inspired to make this easy and tasty dinner!

Ingredients & Substitutions for Stir Fry:

  • Chicken – we used boneless skinless chicken breast, but chicken tenders or even thighs would be delicious here.
  • Stir Fry Veggies – We love the combination of broccoli, onions, and mushrooms for an authentic Chicken Broccoli Stir fry. You could sub the broccoli with snap peas or zucchini and sub onions with julienned carrots.
  • Chicken Broth – this adds more flavor, but water can easily be substituted.
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce – Since different brands have different amounts of salt, add soy sauce to taste. You can always add more at the end, but you can’t take salt out of a dish. For gluten-free, use Tamari sauce.
  • Sesame Oil – this one ingredient gives the sauce authentic Chinese stir fry flavor. Do not skip it.
  • Ginger & Garlic – fresh is best for stir fry, but in a pinch, you can substitute 1 tsp fresh garlic for 1/2 tsp garlic powder and substitute 1 tsp fresh ginger for 1/8-1/4 tsp ground ginger.
  • Brown Sugar – we used 2 Tablespoons of packed light brown sugar. You can substitute with 1 1/2 Tbsp to 2 Tbsp of liquid sweetener like honey, or add it to taste.
  • Corn Starch – using cornstarch as a thickener helps keep this gluten-free.

Ingredients for stir fry with chicken breast, broccoli, mushrooms, onion and sauce ingredients

Pro Tip: It’s easiest to peel fresh ginger using the edge of a teaspoon. Simply scrape the skin away. Try it – it’s so easy.

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How to Make Broccoli and Chicken Stir Fry:

  1. Make the Sauce: Combine all of the sauce ingredients and stir to dissolve the sugar. The warm broth will help the sugar to dissolve easily.
  2. Cook Chicken: Cut chicken into small 3/4″ bite-sized pieces and season lightly with black pepper. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat with 1 Tbsp oil. Add chicken and cook 1 minute undisturbed then stir fry 5 minutes until golden and just cooked through. Remove chicken to a bowl.
  3. Sautee Veggies: In the same skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp oil, broccoli florets, sliced onion and mushrooms and stir fry 3 minutes until mushrooms are softened then reduce heat.
  4. Add Stir Fry Sauce: Give the sauce a quick stir in case there was settling and add it to the skillet. Simmer the sauce over medium/low heat for 3-4 minutes until thickened and garlic and ginger have mellowed in flavor. To thin the sauce, add water as needed and you can add more soy sauce to taste.
  5. Return Chicken to the Pan and stir until heated through then serve over white rice garnished with sesame seeds if desired.

Step by step photos for cooking broccoli chicken mushroom stir fry

The KEY to Cooking Stir Fry:

A stir fry is essentially flash cooked on a very hot skillet (less than 15 minutes of cooking time). Since this recipe moves fast, you want to have every ingredient chopped, measured, prepped and ready to use before you fire up the skillet. If serving with white rice, you’ll want to put the rice on the stove first then cook your stir fry. You’ll want to bookmark our tutorial for Perfect White Rice.

Chicken and broccoli and mushroom stir fry with sauce in skillet

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Print-friendly Recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry:

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

4.96 from 828 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Chicken and broccoli stir fry in skillet garnished with sesame seeds
The sauce in this stir fry is perfectly "saucy," making it ideal for serving over hot and fluffy white rice. This recipe moves fast so start cooking your rice first and be sure to prep and chop all of your stir fry ingredients and make the sauce before cooking the stir fry.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 4 people

Chicken and Broccoli:

  • 1 lb chicken breast, (boneless skinless), cut into 3/4" pieces
  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil, (I used extra light olive oil), divided
  • 1 lb broccoli, cut into florets (about 5 cups)
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced into strips
  • 1/2 lb white button mushrooms, thickly sliced

Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce, (use Tamari for gluten free), or added to taste
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed (or honey to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated (lightly packed)
  • 1 tsp garlic (2 small cloves), grated
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, plus more to season chicken

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients and whisk to dissolve sugar and corn starch (warm broth will help dissolve the sugar faster). Set sauce aside.
  • Cut chicken into small bite-sized pieces (no more than 3/4” thick) and season lightly with pepper. Heat a large heavy skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil. Add chicken in a single layer and let it sit undisturbed for 1 minute to get a good sear then stir fry for another 5 minutes or until golden brown just cooked through then remove to a bowl and loosely cover to keep warm. 
  • In the same skillet, add another 1 Tbsp oil along with broccoli florets, sliced onion and sliced mushrooms. Stir fry 3 minutes or until mushrooms are softened and broccoli is crisp-tender then reduce heat to medium/low.
  • Give the sauce a quick stir in case there was any settling of starch and pour all of it over the vegetables. Simmer 3-4 minutes or until sauce is thickened and garlic and ginger are mellowed in flavor. To thin the sauce, add water a tablespoon at a time.
  • Return chicken to the pan and stir another 30 seconds or until heated through. Add more soy sauce to taste if needed and serve over hot rice.

Nutrition Per Serving

325kcal Calories21g Carbs31g Protein14g Fat2g Saturated Fat73mg Cholesterol586mg Sodium1039mg Potassium4g Fiber10g Sugar740IU Vitamin A105mg Vitamin C68mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
325
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Cholesterol
 
73
mg
24
%
Sodium
 
586
mg
25
%
Potassium
 
1039
mg
30
%
Carbohydrates
 
21
g
7
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
31
g
62
%
Vitamin A
 
740
IU
15
%
Vitamin C
 
105
mg
127
%
Calcium
 
68
mg
7
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: chicken and broccoli, Chicken broccoli stir fry
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 325

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This recipe was first published in October 2014. We updated it April 2020, using corn starch instead of flour to make it gluten-free chicken broccoli stir fry, improved the flavor of the sauce and re-photographed the recipe.

Chicken broccoli stir fry in skillet with serving spoon

This chicken and broccoli stir fry is so tasty and much healthier than takeout!

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Liz
    February 27, 2024

    Did you change the recipe? I’ve been making this for a while and now it has onion and mushrooms. Wish I would have printed the other recipe. It was perfect. Can you post the old one?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      February 29, 2024

      Hi Liz, you might be referring to a different recipe. This one has always had mushrooms and onion. Search stir fry on my site and see if you can find the one you used previously.

      Reply

  • Irene
    February 26, 2024

    We made this tonight and it was a big hit!
    It came out looking just like the picture and was very delicious.
    It is a keeper!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 26, 2024

      Yay that’s wonderful! Thank you so much for your great comments and review!

      Reply

  • Marianne
    February 26, 2024

    Absolutely delicious!! Have made MANY times. I always double the sauce because it is so good. I use Angel hair pasta. I also only use 1/2 of the required sesame oil because it is strong and also use ground ginger (because it’s all I have on hand usually). For added flavor I also add some Hoisin sauce…yes, I have a sweet tooth. It is a fantastic recipe. Thank you!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 26, 2024

      You’re welcome, Marianne! I’m so glad you love the recipe.

      Reply

  • Kim
    February 25, 2024

    So yummy. Was a nice change of pace when you’re trying to figure out what to do with chicken, again 😄 I would reduce the sugar next time it was a tad sweet for us and I didn’t have real ginger so used ground and cut it in half and it was still really strong, will cut that too a 1/8 tsp next time.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 25, 2024

      Sure, feel free to reduce the sugar on your next try. Thank you for sharing!

      Reply

  • Lois
    February 20, 2024

    Absolutely delicious! Only had freeze dried ginger, it worked. This is definitely a keeper.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 20, 2024

      Hi Lois! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Judy Ragin
    February 15, 2024

    I made it tonight and it was an ABSOLUTE HIT!!!
    Thanks Natasha

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 15, 2024

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • INGE BURLEW
    February 13, 2024

    Absolutely Delicious!!! Even using ground ginger and garlic powder this was better than our local Chinese take out. Thank You Natasha!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Inge!

      Reply

  • Jeff
    February 7, 2024

    I’ve made this twice, and both times my picky eating teenager asked for leftovers for lunch the next day.
    I had to add a little heat to mine.
    Thank you!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 7, 2024

      That’s wonderful, Jeff!

      Reply

  • Caslegirl
    February 6, 2024

    I followed this recipe to a T and found that it was very bland. I will not make again.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2024

      Is there anything you changed or substituted in the recipe? Also, one thought – if using frozen broccoli, that could release more liquid and make the sauce seem bland.

      Reply

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