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22 Best Chicken Stir Fry Recipes (All Types)

Different list of chicken stir fry recipes.

Knowing how to make stir-fry that you enjoy, there’s the key, gives you a simple, healthy food option that requires just a few ingredients and steps to complete. The following recipes have the same Asian theme; however, they vary slightly regarding the ingredients, preparation, and cooking methods.

A Chicken Stir Fry recipe with excellent instructions

A plate of chicken stir fry with broccoli.

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Stir-fry is a dish that works any night of the week and when served over a bit of basmati, or jasmine rice, which you need to put on to cook before cooking your stir-fry. The best stir-fries are the best due to the techniques used to make them and their ingredients. As you will see, these recipes all use basically the same ingredients in differing amounts.

However, the common thread of these recipes is that you need a hot pan. A cast-iron or carbon steel pan works well if you don’t have a wok.

Teriyaki Chicken Casserole with a saucy recipe

A rice bowl with chicken teriyaki topping.

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This recipe is a one-dish delight that offers the flavors of a well-prepared stir-fry in an easy-to-make casserole. The teriyaki glaze used on the chicken breasts in this recipe is the trick to serving meat that isn’t dry and chewy. In addition, you will learn a recipe for teriyaki sauce that you can use for other recipes if you find you don’t have any right now.

Prep time takes about half an hour, and cooking time is 45 minutes. However, the complex flavors of this casserole are worth the short wait.

Teriyaki Chicken Stir fry for meals on a budget

A rustic plate teriyaki chicken stir fry with rice.

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This chicken stir-fry recipe was developed to eat now and later using the same teriyaki flavors as the previous recipe. It explains how to prep your recipe so that you have lunch all week, for yourself, or you and another person, or two. This is a great way to stretch your money while getting a more nutritious meal than a take-out meal.

It is also a recipe that, like the others, uses ginger, and the fresher, the better. Although dried spices work fine as a replacement in recipes, they don’t have the depth of flavor that fresh ginger, lemon zest, or herbs have.

Quick and easy Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry

A rustic black pan loaded with plenty of broccoli and chicken.

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Take-out has gotten very expensive, and making stir-fries isn’t that hard, really! All of the recipes listed have different tips, and you may even have the ingredients you need already. Using broccoli and mushrooms in this recipe makes for quick prep time.

If you use frozen broccoli and canned mushrooms, you can cut even more time between your hunger and time to eat. The best chicken to use for stir-frying is boneless, skinless breast or thigh meat, and they are interchangeable in most recipes. Thigh meat is much less expensive, and you can bone and skin it yourself for even more savings.

Crispy Chicken Stir Fry — a stir fry explainer

A quick recipe of crispy chicken stir fry glazed with sauce with mixed vegetables.

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The premise of this recipe is that stir-fry is the method we use to combine the flavors of these recipes and that a single piece of chicken can be as stir-fried as 12 items. This is true because stir-fry can be a combination of whatever you can throw into a skillet, season, and enjoy over noodles or rice. Thus, crispy chicken stir-fry is all about the chicken and a stir-fried veggie or two.

The included basic sauce is light, and this meal can go from start to table in 20 minutes. Unless you add rice, then you might need another five minutes or so.

Basically good Stir Fry Recipe

A bite-sized Stir Fry Chicken with mixed vegetables.

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The stir-fry served in restaurants has changed over the years, and this recipe is closer to what I remember 30 years ago than today’s variants. The addition of carrots, onions, water chestnuts, green pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes offers more flavors popping in your mouth than other stir-fry recipes. The combination of ingredients will form a sauce for this stir-fry recipe that will flavor the rice that should be ready to eat when you finish making the stir-fry. But, of course, you did start the rice first, right?

Sweet as honey and garlicky Chicken Stir Fry

A rustic bowl full of chicken, broccoli and carrots coated with sweet and savory sauce.

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A bit more than basic, the honey and garlic chicken stir-fry add an abundance of garlic and the sweetness of honey to the mix. This gives your dish a completely different flavor profile than more savory stir-fry recipes. You can have most stir-fry recipes prepared and on the table in half an hour, and this one is no different.

With so many recipes, you can change them, so you don’t get bored with any of them. If you have the basic ingredients on hand, you can make stir-fry whenever you wish.

Sticky Teriyaki Sauced Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables

Dark porcelain plate with teriyaki sauced chicken and sesame seeds.

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Sticky teriyaki chicken is two recipes in one, which is the best kind. First, they offer you a unique recipe for teriyaki sauced chicken with veggies using honey. The kicker is the recipe here for the teriyaki sauce.

Like the teriyaki casserole above, you make the sauce for this recipe instead of buying a store-bought product. The result is a richly flavored, sticky sauce that glazes the ingredients of your dish that is wonderfully sweet, nutty, gingery, and garlicky. Of course, you can make a stir-fry with soy sauce alone, and sometimes you want a dish that is simple, but the flavors of this dish are boldly delicious.

This lemony chicken will give your stir-fry, zing

A white plate of fully loaded juicy chicken and appealing vegetables.

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The bright, clean flavor of lemon goes quite naturally with chicken and rice. So, a lemon chicken stir-fry recipe was needed for this list. This one uses lemon juice and lemon zest, and thinly sliced scallion, sautéed in sesame oil to produce a sauce with a clean flavor.

The recipe notes that either boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs are suitable. Lemon chicken stir fry is one of the most straightforward recipes here and can be prepared as quickly as it takes a pot of rice to cook.

Rainbow Chicken Stir Fry — classic Chinese stir fry recipe

A mouthwatering stir fry chicken with bunch of delicious healthy vegetables.

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I mentioned above that the basic stir-fry was more like what I grew up with than the stir-fry of today. Rainbow chicken stir fry is the recipe I spoke of because it is served in many Asian restaurants. It has chicken breasts, red and green bell peppers, carrots, onions, celery, and baby corn.

I have seen celery substituted with Bok Choy in areas when available. These ingredients turn a basic stir-fry into the equivalent of a pot of stew. Rainbow chicken is filled with various ingredients and is a stir-fry recipe that is sure to please the palate.

Ginger-garlic chicken stir fry for weight-watching

An Asean style of ginger garlic chicken with noodles.

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This stir-fry recipe is simple to prepare and has all the requisite ingredients that I like. The addition of bell pepper, water chestnuts, and baby corn add an extra crunch, along with the other vegetables that add their unique flavors to the recipe. This is a savory stir-fry, and if you like, you can add a little chili paste, which will give it a bit of heat.

Some like it hot, and this recipe, like all of them here, can be modified to suit your palate and what you have in the fridge.

Sweet orange chicken stir fry with walnuts

A close up photo of tasty sweet Orange chicken stir fry.

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Going from spicy to sweet, this orange chicken stir-fry uses the sweet citrusy flavor of oranges to add a unique flavor to this recipe. The orange sauce produced from the combination of soy, fresh orange juice, and cornstarch makes a delightful glaze. But wait, don’t eat the extra oranges.

Toss a few sections into the mix, along with a couple of finely chopped green onions and red bell pepper, and this is beginning to look a bit more like stir-fry. That is until you toss a few walnuts into the mix. Try it! You might like the flavor combination.

Marinated Chicken Stir-fry recipe with a garden’s worth of veggies

A delicious closeup photo of chicken stir fry with snow peas and broccoli in white bowl.

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The photo of this recipe looks like a spring garden in a bowl. The addition of snow peas is another item you see less in Asian take-out than in the past. Along with snow peas are broccoli florets, red and yellow bell pepper, sliced carrots, and baby Bella mushrooms.

You will need to slice all of the veggies thinly to cook quickly and evenly. The sriracha sauce is another flavor burst that adds a little heat and a tangy sweetness. Marinated chicken stir fry should be served over brown, basmati,  or jasmine rice.

This recipe is fully packed with flavor and nutrients and is a one-bowl meal.

Hoisin sauce Chicken Stir fry — a departure from the usual flavors

A tasty chicken with hoisin sauce, rice and pickled cucumbers.

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Hoisin sauce is made from fermented soybean paste, chilies, garlic, sesame oil, vinegar, and a sweetener. Intense, with a slightly sweet flavor, hoisin sauce will add a new element to your stir-fry, not unlike that of fish sauce or other meat bases. Another difference in this stir-fry recipe is peanut oil instead of sesame because some oils take high heat better than others.

Except for hoisin sauce and peanut oil, this recipe is like the others listed here. Yet, this recipe demonstrates how much one change of a sauce or ingredient can make one stir-fry so different from another.

Chicken and Fresh Corn Stir Fry

A chicken stir fry with corn and sweet red peppers on a black plate

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New ingredients in this recipe, missing from all of the above, are the oyster sauce and unseasoned rice vinegar. Like hoisin and fish sauce, the oyster sauce will give your stir-fry a depth of flavor that other recipes lack. This recipe also calls for fresh corn; however, use sweet pepper, baby Bella, carrots, and broccoli if unavailable.

You can use hoisin, oyster, or fish sauce in any of your stir-fry recipes, but touch light; because a little goes a very long way, and too much can ruin the entire dish. You can add these sauces to any of the other recipes here.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry — the most classic of stir-fries

A classic chicken and broccoli stir fry in white plate.

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Chicken and broccoli stir fry is a mainstay on every Asian restaurant menu I’ve read. Both chicken and broccoli can be purchased year-round, so this recipe is a safe bet for any occasion, any time of year. That may be as simple as making dinner or preparing your lunch for the week.

Another of the simple stir-fry recipes here, its ingredients are simple, and you can have it on the table in 30 minutes. An interesting serving suggestion for this simple meal is to serve it over Chinese noodles or rice. Not mentioned are Chinese noodles, which you can serve with any of the recipes here instead of rice.

Stir-Fried Chicken and crunchy Bok Choy

A tasty chicken and bok-choy stir-fry with cashews and red pepper on a bed of noodles and rice.

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I love bok choy and grow it in my home garden. It is sweet and tender when young. However, it can be chopped and added to stir-fry at any size.

You can add bok choy or Nappa cabbage to almost any recipe. Bok choy or Nappa cabbage will give your stir fry a different flavor profile. It will also add more nutrients to your diet.

Every vegetable you eat will add something to your diet that the other vegetables cannot. In this recipe, carrots join the bok choy and green onions, and you can serve it over rice or noodles.

Honey Ginger Chicken Stir-fry — fast and nutritious

A closeup photo of delicious honey ginger chicken stir fry.

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Ready to eat in a half-hour, honey ginger chicken is easy, requires less than nine ingredients, and only requires being accompanied by rice, stir-fry broccoli, or green beans. On the other hand, just toss those two items in with the rest of the stir-fry and make this a one-bowl recipe. Orange juice would go nicely with these flavors and maybe variations you want to venture into once you get the hang of cooking stir-fry.

The difference in this recipe from the others is ketchup in the sauce. Sesame seeds are also added as a garnish to add texture and flavor.

Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry has a little heat

Special Szechuan chicken stir fry in black bowl.

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Heavy on the ginger, with the addition of chili paste, this Szechuan style stir-fry is bold and has a little heat to it. Its ingredients are few and include yellow and red bell pepper, yellow and green onions, and ginger. The oddity here is the addition of chopped peanuts as a garnish. I have had Thai food with peanuts, and perhaps this simple recipe is a throw-off of that style of food.

However, it has all the ingredients of a stir-fry recipe, and you should serve it over rice, so again we’ll adhere to stir fry is about how you cook the food and not what you’re cooking.

Soy-ginger marinated Chicken Stir-Fry

Appetizing marinated chicken with soy ginger stir fry in white plate.

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This recipe calls for you to marinate the chicken in a mix of sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, honey, ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. The result is chicken infused with the dish’s flavors that will add an abundance of taste to this chicken stir-fry recipe. The ingredients are similar to other stir-fry recipes.

This recipe calls for cilantro, lime juice, and dry peanuts for garnish, which I find to be an odd combination but won’t knock it until I try this recipe myself. Other than those variations, soy-ginger marinated chicken can be served over rice and has to be good, any way you cook it.

Healthy Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry — is a sweet alternative to a basic stir-fry

A flavorful recipe of pineapple chicken with green onion and mixed vegetables.

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Most of the recipes listed here are savory. Yes, a few have honey as an ingredient, but it complements the other flavors and is not the show’s star. In this recipe, pineapple is the main ingredient and a significant player in the taste of this dish.

Also, this is the only recipe here that uses avocado oil, which is another oil that can stand the heat required for stir-frying. Other than that, the ingredients are much like the other recipes here and say that boneless, skinless chicken things work and breasts when used in this recipe.

Sesame Chicken & Nappa Cabbage Stir Fry

A healthy sesame chicken with mushroom and cabbage friedrice.

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Last but not least on this list is a stir-fry recipe flavored with sweet Nappa cabbage and sesame. Rice wine vinegar is also a flavor not included in every stir-fry recipe that imparts another Asian flavor that goes well with the taste of the sesame oil. Green onions are used instead of white or yellow, which I find more authentic for Asian dishes.

If you like, this is a perfect recipe to try with chili or hoisin sauce if you are looking for new flavors to add to classic recipes.