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Easy Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken Stir Fry is so easy to make from scratch! This recipe is served with a thick and flavorful sauce for a delicious meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make! Serve it all on it’s own or with noodles or rice.

A close up view of chicken stir fry with vegetables and sauce.

Easy Chicken Stir Fry

Nothing beats a 30 minute meal, especially one that lets you clean out the veggies in your fridge!

I conjured this up just by grabbing what I had in my fridge. I shared it on my Instagram story, and you guys wanted the recipe! (Can’t blame you there.)

You can even add in a swirl of peanut butter to the mix if you love peanut sauce. It’s fun to experiment with different ingredients.

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Combine stir fry sauce ingredients and set aside.

Sauté the onions and garlic over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the chicken and increase to medium-high heat. Cook for 2 minutes, until the chicken is about halfway cooked. Add the broccoli and cook for another 2-3 minutes. By now the chicken should be almost done.

A wok with onions, garlic, chicken, and broccoli for making easy chicken stir fry

Add remaining vegetables and cook for 2 more minutes, then add the sauce. Let the sauce come to a bubble and thicken. Toss to coat the vegetables.

Remove from heat once thick. Top with optional garnishes and serve.

Adding sauce to easy chicken stir fry in a wok.

What to Add to Stir Fry For Flavor

Vegetables:

  • This recipe includes broccoli, carrots, celery, onions, and bell peppers.
  • Additional options include kale, green beans, cauliflower, asparagus, snap peas, water chestnuts, and baby corn.

Meat:

  • This recipe uses chicken breast, but ground turkey, ground chicken, beef tips, or sausage can also be used.

Garnishes:

  • Garnishes include cashews, peanuts, green onions, sesame seeds, and crunchy chow mein noodles.

Sauce Additions:

  • Feel free to add 2-3 Tablespoons peanut butter to the sauce if you like peanut sauce.
  • Red pepper flakes, hot sauce, hot paprika  add a nice kick.
  • Minced ginger can also be added.

What to Serve with Stir Fry:

  • Noodles and Rice pair well with this stir fry.

Storage

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Overhead view of a white platter with chicken stir fry covered in sauce.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • Wok- These conduct heat so well and are perfect for making stir fry, chow mein, etc.
  • 8-inch Chef’s Knife– This is the one I have, I love it.
  • Cutting Boards- I love having assorted sizes. (One for the meat, one for the veggies, etc.)

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A white platter with chicken stir fry in a brown stir fry sauce.

Easy Chicken Stir Fry

5 from 4 votes
This easy chicken stir fry recipe is served with a thick and flavorful sauce for a delicious meal that takes less than 30 minutes to make! Serve it all on it’s own or with noodles or rice.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • White Pepper/Salt, to taste
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ¾ cup baby carrots, quartered

Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch + 2 Tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 3 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet and Sour Sauce, I use La Choy brand
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • ¼ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1-2 pinches red pepper flakes, optional
  • Optional Garnishes
  • Cashews, peanuts, green onions, sesame seeds, crunchy chow mein noodles

Instructions

  • Whisk the corn starch and water in a medium bowl until well-combined. Add remaining sauce ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  • Heat the peanut oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken and increase to medium-high heat. Cook for 2 minutes, until the chicken is about halfway cooked.
  • Add the broccoli and cook for another 2-3 minutes. By now the chicken should be almost done.
  • Add remaining vegetables and cook for 2 more minutes, then add the sauce.
  • Let the sauce come to a bubble and thicken. Toss to coat the vegetables.
  • Remove from heat once thick. Top with optional garnishes and serve.

Notes

  • Additional vegetable options include kale, green beans, cauliflower, asparagus, snap peas, water chestnuts, and baby corn.
  • Meat variations include ground turkey, ground chicken, beef tips, or sausage.
  • Sauce additions include 2-3 Tablespoons peanut butter, hot sauce, or hot paprika. 
  • Noodles and Rice pair well with this stir fry.

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1043mg, Potassium: 770mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 4165IU, Vitamin C: 77mg, Calcium: 52mg, Iron: 2mg

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8 comments on “Easy Chicken Stir Fry”

  1. Excellent!   Will definitely make this again!

    • Hey Emily! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed it! This has been my go-to stir fry sauce for years 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing what you thought of it!! -Stephanie

  2. We gave this a try with Beef…it was fantastic another FAVOURITE to the family cookbook
    Thank you Stephanie for making it so easy for us to have GREAT MEALS at home.
    That are quick and flavourful

  3. Another delicious recipe! My whole family loved it! I followed the recipe just as written and it turned out perfect! 

  4. Another delicious recipe Stephanie! Keep the stir fry recipes coming! I added crushed cashews to this one. Definitely a keeper! Thank you!

    • Hi Becki! I’m so happy to hear that, I love adding cashews too, it adds the best savory crunch! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review, I really appreciate it! -Stephanie

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