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Chicken Stir Fry Recipe – How to Make it in 15 Simple Steps

Loaded with vegetables, chicken, and savory Chinese flavors, this recipe for chicken stir fry comes together quickly and in one skillet. With a little bit of advanced preparation, you can have a delicious, healthy meal on the table in less than half and hour.

A plate of chicken stir fry with broccoli.

One skillet meals can save you time and dirty dishes on busy nights. This recipe for Chicken Stir Fry includes your protein, piles of veggies, and loads of delicious Chinese flavor in every single bite. If you work ahead by pre-cooking the rice and chopping the veggies ahead of time, you can really save some time. Additionally, you can marinate the chicken for up to two days before you plan on cooking stir fry. With some careful planning and prep work the day before, you can walk in the door and have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.

A plate of chicken stir fry with broccoli.

Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

April Freeman
This recipe is written for you to use fresh vegetables. You can use any combination of veggies that appeals to you. I used mushrooms, peppers, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, and broccoli in our recipe. However, if you wanted to use other veggies, things like onions, green beans, chopped carrots, and cauliflower might be good additions as well. The bottom line is that you will need three or four cups of vegetables, in whatever combination that you prefer, washed and chopped and ready to go before you start on the recipe.

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 People


  • Wok or Skillet
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Medium-Sized Bowl


  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 teaspoon Chicken Bouillon
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp Minced and Peeled Fresh Ginger
  • 4 cups Vegetables
  • 3 cups Rice cooked according to package instructions


  • Mix together the soy sauce, water, chicken bouillon, sugar, cornstarch, and oil.
  • Place this mixture in a bowl and add the chicken, turning to coat it. If you are prepping this recipe ahead of time, you can put the marinade and chicken in a zip-top bag and keep it in the fridge to two days before using it.
  • Marinate the chicken at least 20 minutes.
  • In a wok or a large, heavy skillet, heat two tablespoons of cooking oil over medium-high heat.
  • Sautee the ginger and garlic together in the skillet until they are lightly browned and fragrant.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and put it in the hot oil with the garlic and ginger. Don’t throw out the marinade because you’ll use it later.
  • Stir the chicken frequently, cooking it about two or three minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges.
  • Remove the chicken, garlic, and ginger to a clean bowl.
  • Wipe away any remnants of the herbs and chicken from the skillet with a paper towel.
  • Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan, let it get hot, and then add the veggies.
  • Stir fry the veggies until they are crisp-tender. If you have heartier veggies, like broccoli and carrots, add a few tablespoons of water, cover the pan, and allow the veggies to steam for a few minutes.
    The vegetables are then added and given sufficient time to cook.
  • Return the chicken to the pan and mix it in with the vegetables.
  • Pour the marinade over the vegetables and the chicken. Bring the sauce to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken-veggie mixture from the heat.
  • Serve over rice, ladling sauce over everything to bring tasty flavor to your dinner.
    A delicious plate of chicken stir fry with vegetables on rice.


What if the idea of chopping lots of vegetables doesn’t sound like much fun? If you don’t have the time or energy to chop your own fresh veggies, you can buy a prepackaged fresh or frozen mixture of stir fry veggies. Most of the time, the package instructions will tell you to microwave the veggies for a few minutes. Since the vegetables will be incorporated into the stir fry, halve the cooking time on the package. This will help you avoid overcooking the vegetables and making them become soggy and nasty. Stir fry veggies are supposed to be slightly crisp.
Cook your rice before you start preparing the stir fry. You can use ordinary white or brown rice. However, to increase the fragrance and flavors of your recipe, basmati or jasmine rice will really add to the recipe.
This recipe calls for fresh, peeled, and minced ginger. However, if you can’t find it in the store or you don’t have it on hand, you can substitute one teaspoon of ground ginger. The recipe will not taste quite as good, but it will be okay.
Keyword Chicken Stir Fry, Main Course, Recipe

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