Asian Chicken and Broccoli

Why get take out when you can cure your Asian cravings at home with this easy recipe for chicken and broccoli. All you need is one big stir fry pan which makes clean up even easier. Serve this with Jasmine rice recipe, or linguini pasta.

My tip:  When ordering take out Chinese, I always ask for chop sticks and extra soy sauce and sweet sauce and of course the fortune cookies, which I save to create this dish at home. My family loves using the chop sticks and it feels like real take out!

Here’s a fortune cookie sayings archive to share with your family! 🙂

My favorite is: A smile is a passport into the hearts of the others!

 

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

3 large boneless chicken breasts (cut into thin 2 inches pieces)

3 cups of broccoli florets

2 small carrots (cut into thin 2 slices)

1 tablespoon of corn starch

sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

peanuts or cashews for garnish (optional)

3 – 4 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil

Sweet Sauce for seasoning

Soy sauce for seasoning

 

Sauce:

1 scallion (sliced)

2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)

2 teaspoons of fresh ginger (finely chopped)

1/2 cup of soy sauce

1 cup of chicken broth

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

1 tablespoon of orange juice

1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes

pinch of salt

Preparation:

Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Place the 1/2 sauce ingredients into a medium bowl or plastic bag, add the chicken and let marinade for at least 1 hour.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large wok or non stick skillet on high heat. Drain the chicken and add to the oil cooking in batches and browning on both sides. Add more oil as needed.

When chicken is done, remove from pan and set aside while you cook the vegetables.

Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the same pan. Heat to high and add the vegetables. Stir fry the vegetables for about 5 minutes until slightly crispy. Don’t worry if they aren’t cooked through. They will cook longer when you add in the chicken.

I like my broccoli very crispy but you can cook longer if you prefer. Remove the broccoli from the pan and set aside.

Add the remaining 1/2 marinade to the pan and let come to a boil. Add the cornstarch and cook for a few minutes to thicken. Add the chicken and vegetables to pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Let cook for about 5-8 minutes to absorb all the flavors together.

Taste the sauce and add more soy sauce, sweet sauce, and the red pepper flakes if desired. When you achieve your desired flavors add the sesame seeds and nuts, and serve.

 

Look at that beautiful color on the broccoli.

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