_Perfect for a modern cook_
Stir-fry is an ancient Chinese cooking technique that is perfectly suited to a modern, over-packed schedule. One of many great things about stir-fries is their adaptability—you can do wonders with odds and ends of ingredients, some Asian and some not. And once you get the hang of the technique, you can improvise your own stir-fries.
_Cook time is key_
Stir-frying is a rapid cooking method that relies on high heat to sear and lock in flavor. This quick chicken and broccoli stir-fry recipe is a great way to get started learning an exciting new way to cook. From here, you can create any number of short-cuts. It’s so easy that you’ll want to include it on your permanent go-to list of dinner recipes. Chicken stir fry is fast, easy, and infinitely adaptable.
_What you’ll need (and what you don’t)_
Woks are great, but don’t let your lack of one stop you. You can conjure up a good pan-Asian stir-fry in a large skillet. However, if you do find yourself making stir-fries a regular part of your week in cooking, there are some real advantages to having a nice wok. The vessel’s high, round sides allow you to toss your ingredients as they sizzle in the oil or are steamed to perfection.
_Rice or noodles?_
If you’re really in a hurry, noodles can be cooked much more quickly than rice and folded into the stir-fry, as they are here. Most Asian noodles such as brown rice noodles or soba noodles cook much faster than Italian pasta, saving your time.
_Your stir-fry tool box_
Stir-fry is like jazz: You make a lot of it up as you go along, but you know that there are certain phrases on which you can always rely. Soy sauce, sesame oil (as well as sesame seeds) and other Asian flavors enable you add many colors to your favorite ingredients. As for cooking oil, you’ll want to use a vegetable oil with a high smoke point, such as canola, peanut (if no one’s allergic) or grapeseed. Olive oil even works here. Chicken broth is useful for increasing flavor. Fresh ginger and garlic can add zing to just about any stir-fry, and a little bit of lemon or orange zest will also kick it into another dimension.
_What vegetables are good in stir fry?_
Broccoli is a winner, yes, but so is bell pepper, spicy red peppers, and green onions. For the sauce mixture, you can take the basic version here and add in hoisin sauce for sticky-sweet flavor, rice vinegar for tang or oyster sauce for an umami kick.
_The art of stir-fry_
There are two basic modes to stir-fry. The first is high heat, a decent amount of oil and small batches. If you’re using an iron cooking vessel, pre-heat for at least 2 minutes on high heat to ensure the oil is hot enough to sear in the flavors. Some stir-fries might require that you cook ingredients separately and return them all to the pan at the end for final warming.
_A cautionary note_
When stir-fry became popular in the 1970s, along with the fear of communism there was also a since-revoked general paranoia about fat. Because of this, many people got the idea that three drops of oil dripped around the rim of a wok is all you need. Not true! Use as much oil as the recipe dictates (which is not that much, really).
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Quick Chicken And Broccoli Stir-Fry.
1. Info for Quick Chicken And Broccoli Stir-Fry
- Cook Time: 35 min
- Total Time: 35 min
- Servings: 2
- Calories: 467 kcal
2. Ingredients for Quick Chicken And Broccoli Stir-Fry
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breast
- 2c broccoli florets
- 2 cloves garlic
- 4oz (112g) brown rice noodles
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- Cook the brown rice noodles according to the directions on the packet.
- Crush the garlic.
- Thinly slice the chicken.
- Pour the sesame oil into a non-stick pan, and turn the stove on top medium heat.
- Add the crushed garlic to the pan, and cook until golden brown.
- Add the chicken to the pan, and brown all over.
- Toss the broccoli florets into the pan. Stir-fry for a minute or so, then add the soy sauce. Stir-fry for another 2-3 minutes.
- Add the brown rice noodles to the pan. Fold the chicken and broccoli into the noodles. Continue to cook the stir-fry and noodles until all the ingredients are warmed through.