Chicken Stir Fry – The Cookie Rookie®

There’s something special about a good chicken stir fry. The combination of juicy chicken, crispy vegetables, and savory sauce is always a winner in my book. Plus, it’s the perfect dish for a busy weeknight meal. This stir fry recipe is easy to follow and sure to become a family favourite.

overhead view of chicken stir fry in a cast iron wok.

Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry is a quick, healthy, and delicious meal that can be made with just a few simple ingredients. Traditionally, stir fry is made with chicken, vegetables, and a sauce. The sauce can be anything from soy sauce to sweet and sour sauce, and it helps to add flavor and moisten the dish.

Why You’ll Love this Chicken Stir Fry Recipe:

  • Quick and Easy: The whole dish can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
  • Healthy: This chicken stir fry is a healthy recipe. It’s loaded with veggies, and it’s a good source of protein thanks to the chicken.
  • Versatile: Don’t like chicken? You can easily substitute another protein (tofu would be a great option). Want to add more veggies? Go for it!
  • Delicious: It tastes amazing. The combination of fresh vegetables, succulent chicken, and savory sauce is simply irresistible.

30-minute stir-fry

This quick chicken stir fry recipe is healthy, flavorful, and easy to make. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a casual get-together with friends. And best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes to make from start to finish. So if you’re looking for a delicious and speedy stir fry recipe, this is the one for you!

close up view of chicken stir fry over rice on a white plate.

How to Make Chicken Stir Fry

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  1. In a small bowl, whisk all the stir fry sauce ingredients together and then, set aside.
  2. Next, heat the oil over medium-high heat In a wok or large sauté pan, until it shimmers.
  3. Add the chicken in a single layer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  5. Then, add in the carrot, broccoli, bell pepper, mushrooms, and onion. Cook, stirring often, until the veggies are crisp-tender, or for about 3-4 minutes.
  6. Next, add in the garlic and ginger and cook for another 30-60 seconds until fragrant.
  7. Pour the stir fry sauce into the pan and add the chicken back in. Cook, stirring often, until the sauce thickens and coats the stir fry.
  8. Finally, garnish the stir fry with green onion and sesame seeds, and serve over cooked rice.

Ingredients

  • Soy Sauce: For a gluten-free alternative, use tamari or coconut aminos instead of the soy sauce.
  • Oil: You can cook this stir fry in any neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable.
  • Chicken: Instead of chicken thighs, try chicken breasts, shrimp, sliced ​​steak, or tofu! You can use any protein you like in this stir fry.
  • Add different veggies: Feel free to swap in your favorite vegetables, such as snow peas, bok choy, green beans, snap peas, edamame, asparagus, zucchini, or cauliflower.
  • Make it spicier: For a spicy stir fry, add in some crushed red pepper flakes!
  • Rice: You can serve this stir fry over brown rice or noodles instead of Jasmine rice.
  • Veggies: Cut the vegetables into similarly-sized pieces so that they cook evenly.
  • Add more oil: If the pan seems dry after cooking the chicken, add another tablespoon of oil.
step by step photos for how to make chicken stir fry.
What is the best chicken for chicken stir fry?

I like to use chicken thighs because they are flavorful and less likely to overcook, but you can absolutely use chicken breasts instead.

Should I cook the chicken before adding it to the stir fry?

The chicken will get cooked first and set aside until the end to ensure that it doesn’t dry out!

What kind of vegetables should I add to chicken stir fry?

I love to use carrots, broccoli, bell pepper, mushrooms, and onions, but you can use almost any vegetable in this stir fry. Try snow peas, bok choy, green beans, snap peas, edamame, asparagus, zucchini, or cauliflower.

Is chicken stir fry spicy?

Nope! If you like spice, you can add crushed red pepper flakes to increase the spice level. Start with ⅛ teaspoon and increase until you reach the desired level of spice.

Why is my chicken stir fry lumpy?

If your chicken stir fry seems lumpy, you may not have whisked the sauce together enough. The sauce contains cornstarch, a thickening agent that works best when dissolved in a cool or room-temperature liquid and added to a hot pan of food. If the cornstarch is not fully dissolved in the sauce first, it can clump up when exposed to heat, leading to a lumpy stir fry.

Serving Suggestions

Chicken stir fry can be served over rice or combined with other Chinese dishes like fried rice, egg rolls, and crab rangoon. You can even add another entree like Sweet and Sour Pork. Choose what you and your family will like.

close up view of chicken stir fry in a cast iron wok.

Make Ahead Instructions

You can chop and prepare all of the vegetables up to 1 day in advance of when you plan to cook this chicken stir fry. Store the cut vegetables in airtight containers in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover chicken stir fry in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the microwave in 30-second intervals until hot.

Freezing Instructions

Freeze chicken stir fry whole or in individual portions in airtight containers or Ziplock bags for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Variations

  • To make the sauce gluten-free, swap the soy sauce for tamari or coconut aminos.
  • You can cook this stir fry in any neutral oil, such as canola or vegetable.
  • Instead of chicken thighs, try chicken breasts, shrimp, sliced ​​steak, or tofu!
  • Feel free to swap in your favorite vegetables, such as snow peas, bok choy, green beans, snap peas, edamame, asparagus, zucchini, or cauliflower.
  • For a spicy stir fry, add in some crushed red pepper flakes!
  • You can serve this stir fry over brown rice or noodles instead of Jasmine rice.

Tips for the Best Chicken Stir Fry

  • Cut the vegetables into similarly-sized pieces so that they cook evenly.
  • If the pan seems dry after cooking the chicken, add another tablespoon of oil.
  • Sauté the vegetables until crisp-tender, not soft. This will prevent a mushy stir fry.
  • Let the sauce come to a simmer after adding it in order to allow the cornstarch to activate and thicken.
chicken stir fry over rice on a white plate with chopsticks.

This chicken stir fry recipe is healthy, flavorful, and easy to make. The best part is that it can be made with any protein and vegetables you have on hand. So, whether you’re looking for a way to use up leftover chicken or you want to try something new, this recipe is sure to please.

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