Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

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!

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!

When I’m looking for a speedy dinner, I often turn to stir fry. It’s so easy to make and super versatile. This garlic chicken stir fry features 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.

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!

I used chicken breast, broccoli, mushrooms and yellow bell peppers in this dish. You can easily substitute in your family’s favorite vegetables, other great choices are snow peas, zucchini, carrots, or even celery. The veggies are cooked first, then removed from the pan and the chicken gets seared to golden brown perfection.

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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!

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. I like to put a pot of rice on the stove to steam while I prepare my garlic chicken stir fry so that all of the components of my meal are ready at the same time. Which is important when you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table!

The whole family will love this stir fry, and you’ll love how quick it is to make!

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Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
 
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!
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 servings
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
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Place 1 teaspoon of oil in a large pan and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Add the broccoli, mushrooms and bell pepper to the pan. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Remove the vegetables from the pan; transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel, then heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over high heat.
  5. Add the chicken to the pan in a single layer and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until chicken is browned and cooked through.
  7. Lower heat to medium, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  8. Add the vegetables back to the pan.
  9. In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil and cornstarch,
  10. Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture and bring to a simmer.
  11. Simmer for 1-2 minutes or until sauce has just thickened.
  12. Serve immediately, with steamed rice if desired.
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With 3 kids aged 6 and under, meals can feel like feeding time at the zoo! I’m Sara, a foodie turned mom. I traded in elaborate dinners for simple, yet delicious dishes to please the palates of my growing girls, and I blog about my recipe creations over at Dinner at the Zoo.

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  1. I used frozen florets – just lightly microwaved/thawed first. Still delicious!
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    1. Sesame oil is a flavoring. You can’t substite olive oil. It will just become oily. Leave the sesame out if you must, but you really need the flavor. And do toasted sesame oil, as Non-toasted doesn’t really have flavor either.

  2. Had this tonight. It turned out very tasty! I doubled up on the sauce recipe as I like my stir fry’s saucy. Thanks, Sarah!

  3. I’ve made this 2 times already and I will continue to make it my fiance and even our daughter loves it very very good!!!!!!

    1. AWE!! Thank you so much!! I am so excited to share a little bit about me through it! I really appreciate your feedback!! It has been a long time in the making and it is all up and ready for my friends! XOXO

  4. It was really good. I used zucchini instead of peppers. I couldn’t make the sauce thicken though. I had to drain it. :/

  5. Your recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. In the video it looks like there is almost 1/4 cup being used. Can you please clarify what is the correct amount

  6. Very nice light flavors! I am in a hunting family, so my substitution was pheasant. It worked well in the recipe! My veggies were broccoli, snap peas, red pepper, and matchstick carrots.

  7. Made this with only broccoli and the chicken. I think there must have been extra juices from the chicken since the sauce never really thickened. Definitely a great recipe and I will make again using more cornstarch. Thank you for a great easy to make recipe.

  8. This is the absolute best stir fry I’ve ever made!!! Followed recipe exactly and added carrots, red and green peppers and sesame seeds. Amazing dish thanks!

  9. Wow made this for dinner tonight and it was really yummy! I may not need to get my regular Chinese delivery anymore! Best thing is my picky husband devoured it! Made it extra spicy by adding cayenne and crushed red pepper flakes so good I will definitely be making it again! ?

  10. One of the best chicken recipes I made so far!!
    Made no adjustments and it was absolutely amazing, everyone found it very yummy, thank you!

    1. As a substitute for sesame oil, most light oils will work (light olive, peanut, canola, sunflower, etc). Any nut or seed oil should be pretty close. Toasted sesame oil has a much bolder and nuttier flavor. Hope that helps answer your question! XOXO

  11. When I made this I had added zucchini and baby corn, it turned out pretty well though I felt like even with adding these ingredients the serving was only enough to feed two people.

  12. I MADE THE GARLIC CHICKEN STIR FRY.
    IT WAS DELICIOUS.
    I USED THE STEAM BAG VEG WITH
    SOME FRESH VEGETABLES.
    IT WAS YUMMY
    THANKS FOR POSTING IT.
    IT WAS FAST AND EASY CLEAN UP.
    NEXT TIME I WILL UES SHRIMP..

  13. Thank you so much for this recipe. I have a very picky family and we’re never on the same page when it comes to dinner but EVERYONE LOVED it and even had seconds! Thank you so much!

  14. I was never a fan of stir fry when I was younger and I have to say I really enjoyed making this and tasted great 😀 Will most defiantly make this again.

  15. looks great I will be trying this recipe, and was wondering why I could not print this is there a glitch on your website, I do know there is a print button ?

    1. Thanks so much! I am so glad that you found a recipe that you want to try. I apologize that you are not able to find the print button. When looking at the ingredients there is a print icon on the right side-corner for you to print off any recipe that you are looking at. Hope that helps and you are able to print them all off. Let me know if you have any other questions or need more help. Thanks so much! XOXO

  16. I usually make stir fry and my kids don’t like it,but i made this and we all loved it!! We will definitely make it again! Thank you.

  17. This was very good – I used a bag of stir fry veggies and rotisserie chicken meat and served over quinoa. Next time will probably try with ground turkey. Agree with others about doubling the sauce.

  18. I made this tonight on a whim! I loved it, as did my partner and my fussy 7 year old. He asked if we could have it every day! I would make double the amount of sauce next time as there wasn’t enough for us. We had it with noodles.

  19. This recipe was very good and I love how versatile it was. We enjoyed the amount of garlic and loved all of the veggies. I added a tad bit more cornstarch to thicken the sauce a bit more. The flavor was good but had too much sesame oil taste for us. Next time, I’ll halve that ingredient. Thank you!

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