Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chicken & Broccoli

One of my favorite Chinese dishes is chicken and broccoli. Healthy and yummy. And then the sauce preference is that nice brown sauce. 
One of the first things I made for my husband after we got married was this, and the recipe has stayed as a staple in our home. Variations and more have been made, but this one has stood true throughout. This recipe is from Bon Appétit’s supplement for Fast & Easy cooking for busy cooks. 
Serves 4
  1. 1.Cut 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts into 3/4-inch pieces. Marinate with salt and pepper, 1 tbsp soy sauce and toss to coat well with 1/2 cup cornstarch. Transfer chicken to a colander and remove excess cornstarch.
  2. 2.In a small bowl mix thoroughly 1/2 cup chicken broth, 2 tbsp rice vinegar, 2 tbsp oyster sauce and 2 tbsp soy sauce. Dissolve 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch in the broth mixture. 
  3. 3.Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a wok or heavy large skillet on high heat. Add chicken and fry until just cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon transfer chicken to a plate. 
  4. 4.Add 5 green onions, thinly sliced with 1 tbsp chopped ginger and 1 tbsp chopped garlic, followed by 8–10 florets of broccoli. Stir fry until the broccoli is slightly crisp.
  5. 5.Add chicken and the broth-cornstarch mixture and stir until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute.
Serve over rice or with some Simple Egg Fried Rice.

Feel free to substitute the chicken for tofu for a vegetarian version.
The broccoli can be substituted for asparagus or green peppers (capsicum) too. All the combinations have been tried and tested in my home and come with a guarantee!


  1. Divine - the best home-made Chinese recipe! Incredibly easy too. I added my own twist with toasted cashew nuts (easily bought in the store, or toasted in the wok prior to cooking the chicken) and threw in some spinach at the end (because it needed to be rescued from the refrigerator!).
    My husband's verdict, delivered in the middle of an intense Nix/Heats basketball game: "it's a winner!"

    1. That's a great idea! I sometimes toss the chicken in sesame seeds with the cornstarch, S&P and soya sauce. But will try it next with toasted cashews.
      My husband has the same verdict, which is why this recipe has been one of the repeat ones in our home for years.