Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

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This garlic chicken stir fry is a quick and easy dinner that’s perfect for those busy weeknights. Cubes of chicken are cooked with colorful veggies and tossed in a flavorful garlic sauce for a meal that’s way better than take out!

Stir fry is almost a complete meal by itself. Just add some Egg Rolls, a Fruit Salad and some Cream Cheese Wontons for a complete meal!

Chicken Garlic stir fry in the pan with broccoli and mushrooms.

Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

When I am looking for a speedy dinner, I often turn to stir fry. It’s so easy to make and super versatile. It is fast and easy and curbs that temptation to hit the drive-thru. Stir fry is also a guarantee that I can get my kids to eat their vegetables. They love the combination of chicken and sauce. It is always a meal I can count on to feed the masses and they will leave the table with full bellies and smiles.

This incredible garlic chicken stir fry features diced chicken and mixed vegetables in a garlic sauce. This dish is definitely for garlic lovers – there are four cloves of it in the recipe! If you prefer a milder garlic flavor, you can easily cut down to 2-3 cloves and it will still be flavorful. I feel the 4 cloves are just the right amount without overdoing it however, give it a try, you will love it. The whole family will love this stir fry, and you’ll love how quick it is to make!

Ingredients for Chicken Stir Fry

The sauce for this dish is a simple combination of ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry, like chicken broth, sesame oil and soy sauce. Adjust the quantities for your families needs, double it if you like it saucey or have a bigger family. Half the stir fry recipe for a smaller crowd.

  • Vegetable Oil: Canola or vegetable oil will work, need an oil with a high smoke point.
  • Broccoli Florets: Wash and chop the broccoli into bite sized pieces if needed.
  • Mushrooms: Wash and quarter your mushrooms or slice them.
  • Yellow Bell Pepper: Slice the pepper and then cut the slices in half for easy eating.
  • Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken cut into bite sized pieces.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste.
  • Garlic: Minced or finely chopped garlic to spread the flavor.
  • Chicken Broth: This is the base for the garlic sauce.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds a little bit of sweet, use dark or light brown sugar.
  • Soy Sauce: Low sodium soy sauce is ok here, or regular too.
  • Sesame oil: Sesame oil adds a depth and richness to the flavor of the sauce.
  • Cornstarch:This will thicken the sauce so it will stick to the chicken and vegetables.

Making Chicken Stir Fry with Garlic Sauce

  1. Heat: Place 1 teaspoon of oil in a large pan and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Vegetables: Add the broccoli, mushrooms and bell pepper to the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Transfer: Remove the vegetables from the pan; transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. Heat: Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel, then heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over high heat.
  5. Chicken: Add the chicken to the pan in a single layer and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Saute: Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  7. Garlic: Lower heat to medium, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  8. Combine: Add the vegetables back to the pan.
  9. Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and cornstarch.
  10. Pour:  Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture and bring to a simmer.
  11. Simmer: Let it simmer for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has just thickened.
  12. Serve: This is best served immediately with steamed rice if desired.

Sauteing mushrooms, peppers, and broccoli.

Tips for Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

The veggies are cooked first, then removed from the pan and the chicken gets seared to golden brown perfection. Cooking them seperate will ensure the chicken gets done and the vegetables don’t over cook.

  • Faster: For even quicker prep, used bagged broccoli florets which are usually washed and already to go. Mushrooms can also be found presliced. It makes preparing the dish a breeze.
  • Pepper: I used a yellow pepper, but you can use whatever color you wish. Try red, or orange peppers, or a mixture. Green peppers will have a different flavor and so I do not recommend them.
  • Chicken: You can use boneless skinless chicken thighs too. Whichever one you use cut your pieces into the same sized pieces. They will cook more evenly.

Stir frying the chicken in the wok.

Variations for Your Chinese Stir Fry

I used chicken breast, broccoli, mushrooms and yellow bell peppers in this dish. You can easily substitute in your family’s favorite vegetables.

  • Vegetables: Other great choices are snow peas, asparagus, zucchini, carrots, beans, water chestnuts, or even celery.
  • Protein: Exchange the chicken for pork, beef, shrimp or tofu.
  • Vegetarian: Make it vegetarian by using no chicken and vegetable broth instead of chicken.
  • Sweetness: Exchange the brown sugar for the same amount of honey. It will had a nice flavor.
  • Zing: Add a teaspoon of ginger to give a bit more spice. It is so good!!

Adding the vegetables to the chicken and the sauce.

What to Serve Your Stir Fry With

Stir fry is awesome just by itself, especially if you are trying to keep it low carb, but serving it on top of a luscious carbohydrate can make it divine.

  • Rice: Serve with rice, brown rice or even fried rice.
  • Quinoa:  High in protein and deliciously nutty.
  • Noodles: Use asian noodles, Lo Mein, Sesame Noodles, or even spaghetti noodles.
  • Cauliflower Rice: Use cauliflower for a low carb option.

Stirring the chicken, broccoli and mushrooms all together.

Storing Leftover Chicken and Vegetables

Stir fry is best eaten immediately before the vegetables get too soggy, and it can be hard to keep them from going soggy when you store them. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Reheat leftovers in a saute pan or microwave.

Garlic Chicken Stir fry on a plate with rice.

More Take Out Type Recipes To Make At Home

I love being able to recreate restaurant favorites at home. They always taste better and I know exactly what I’m feeding my family. My family is also more likely to eat these meals too. They have more flavor, and I can adapt them to our specific tastes. Add more or less spice, more or less vegetables, etc. And may I add it always cheaper to make it yourself. So the next time you get the craving for take out, reach for one of these tried and true recipes instead.

Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

4.75 from 43 votes
This garlic chicken stir fry is a quick and easy dinner that's perfect for those busy weeknights! Cubes of chicken are cooked with colorful veggies and tossed in a flavorful garlic sauce for a meal that's way better than take out!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil divided use
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup mushrooms halved
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cored, seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions
 

  • Place 1 teaspoon of oil in a large pan and heat over medium high heat.
  • Add the broccoli, mushrooms and bell pepper to the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Remove the vegetables from the pan; transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel, then heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over high heat.
  • Add the chicken to the pan in a single layer and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  • Lower heat to medium, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the vegetables back to the pan.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and cornstarch,
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture and bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has just thickened.
  • Serve immediately, with steamed rice if desired.

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Notes

Updated on March 18, 2021
Originally Posted on February 22, 2017

Nutrition

Serves: 4

Calories183kcal (9%)Carbohydrates7g (2%)Protein26g (52%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol73mg (24%)Sodium554mg (23%)Potassium676mg (19%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar2g (2%)Vitamin A235IU (5%)Vitamin C79.9mg (97%)Calcium22mg (2%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian American
Keyword chicken stir fry, garlic chicken stir fry
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    I like to try different recipes but make my own variations to suit my taste buds.
    I give your recipe a 5 star rating by the way even with variances each time the
    dish turned out so flavorful, delicious and quite easy to prepare. I start by cutting a boneless chicken breast into bite size cubes and saute it with butter and garlic so it is golden brown.
    I use about 5 -6 cloves of garlic, 1/2 of a a med. spanish onion, 2 stalks of celery finely chopped. One serranno chili, some green string beans, 4-5 mushrooms, fresh asparagus, cabbage, cayenne, mustard powder, salt, fresh cracked pepper, a pinch of coriander and a pinch of curry, a tad of raw ginger micro planed then cook some rice on the side. I also add some butter to the mix as well as Extra virgin olive oil, and when I dish it onto plates I grate some Romano, Sharp cheddar and or Parmegianno Reggiano cheeses, add a tad of soy sauce not a lot but it all adds up to some sort of magical meal. Thank you.

    1. I like the sweet taste that it adds to the sauce so I haven’t tried it without a sweetener. I have used honey instead and that works great! If you leave it out, let me know ow it turns out.

  2. 5 stars
    This is the second time I’ve made this recipe and it’s delicious! The only thing I did different is add a 1/2 cup of onions. It just made it that much better! For my rice, I use Rice A Roni stir fry rice which is so good!

  3. 5 stars
    Amazing! I will be adding this to the regular rotation. The sauce was delicious. The only change I made was a “velveted” the chicken first.

  4. Hi there,

    Do I need to use vegetable oil? can I use olive oil instead?

    Thanks!

    Renee

  5. Wow.. I tried this today and my family can’t stop complimenting this amazing garlic chicken recipe.. You have explained the most perfect way of this recipe.. Couldn’t thank you enough!!

  6. 5 stars
    Good afternoon. I’m a retired person and my wife still works. Im a good cook and learning. I cook Colombian food also. I just finished preparing the Garlic Chicken Stir Fry. Fantastic.

    Thank you.
    Luis

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