Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

Embarking on the journey to perfect Chinese Chicken and Broccoli at home was a delightful adventure into the world of quick and flavorful cooking. This dish, with its tender pieces of chicken thigh marinated in a savory blend and stir-fried with fresh, vibrant broccoli, brings a staple of Chinese cuisine right to your kitchen. The combination of garlic, oyster sauce, and sesame oil infuses the dish with an irresistible aroma and depth of flavor that rivals your favorite takeout. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a nutritious meal that doesn’t skimp on taste, this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli recipe promises satisfaction with every bite.



  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thigh, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Stir Fry:

  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (or water if unavailable)
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil, separated
  • 1 crown of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Start by combining the chicken pieces with the marinade ingredients—honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, and cornstarch—in a small bowl. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight in the refrigerator for enhanced flavor.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of cooking oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add the marinated chicken and garlic, stir-frying for about 5 minutes until the chicken is mostly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add the remaining tablespoon of oil along with the chicken broth and broccoli florets. Cover and cook on medium heat for 1 minute, then uncover and continue stir-frying for 2 more minutes until the broccoli is tender and bright green.
  4. Return the chicken to the skillet, incorporating the oyster sauce and additional teaspoon of sesame oil. Stir everything together to ensure the ingredients are well combined.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately, ideally with a side of white rice.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I use chicken breast instead of thigh? Yes, chicken breast can be used as a leaner alternative, though the cooking time may need slight adjustment to avoid drying out.
  2. How can I make this dish gluten-free? To make this dish gluten-free, use tamari or a gluten-free soy sauce in place of regular soy sauce.
  3. Can I add other vegetables to this dish? Absolutely! Feel free to include other vegetables like bell peppers, snap peas, or carrots for added color and nutrition.
  4. What if I don’t have oyster sauce? If you’re out of oyster sauce, hoisin sauce makes a good substitute, though it will slightly change the flavor profile. A mix of soy sauce and a little sugar can also work in a pinch.
  5. How can I adjust the sauce to be thicker or thinner? If you prefer a thicker sauce, you can mix an additional teaspoon of cornstarch with a tablespoon of water and add it to the dish at the end of cooking. For a thinner sauce, simply add a bit more chicken broth or water.
  6. Is it necessary to marinate the chicken? While marinating is not strictly necessary, it greatly enhances the flavor and tenderness of the chicken. Even a short marination time can make a difference.
  7. How do I store leftovers? Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a microwave or on the stovetop.

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli is more than just a dish; it’s a celebration of simple ingredients coming together to create a meal that’s both nutritious and full of flavor. This recipe is a testament to the fact that you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal. Whether you’re cooking for one, for family, or for guests, this dish is sure to impress and satisfy.