Chinese Chicken and Broccoli (Video)

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Chicken and Broccoli has been one of my MOST requested recipes! It’s perfect for all of us trying to eat healthier in the new year (myself included) without compromising on taste! Learn how to make the most tender, juicy chicken with crispy broccoli in a savory, delicious sauce!

Watch the Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Recipe Video Below!

What I love most about this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli recipe is that is comes together so quickly! The chicken breast, which is notorious for being dry, is marinated, velveted, and cooked quickly in the wok to ensure the white meat is tender and juicy. It comes together in about 10 minutes, which is no time at all for a quick dinner!

Ingredient Tips for Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

  • CHICKEN – I used chicken breast in this recipe but if you prefer chicken thigh, feel free to sub with that instead! Just make sure to cut the chicken into 1″ pieces.
  • BROCCOLI – Ensure the broccoli is cut to similar shape/size as the chicken – this allows for the dish to cook evenly, look more cohesive, and allow for an overall more enjoyable eating experience!
  • SHAOXING WINE – If you cannot or do not want to use wine, you can sub with sherry, mirin, or chicken stock!
  • WHITE PEPPER – I get asked all the time if you can sub black pepper for white pepper – and my answer is, it depends BUT you need to watch the ratio. White pepper has a milder flavor profile than black pepper, so it’s a 1-1 substitute. I would start with less black pepper and add as you go. (But really, you should have white pepper in your pantry! It’s a staple in mine!)
  • NEUTRAL OIL – My favorite neutral oil is avocado oil, but you can also use canola or vegetable oil! I don’t use olive oil when cooking Chinese food for two reasons: 1. It has a low burning point and 2. I find that the flavor profile does not usually go with the dish.
  • MSG – As always, this is optional.

Recipe Tips for Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

VELVETING

  • Velveting is a key Chinese cooking technique that involves marinating the protein in cornstarch and various seasonings (such as white pepper, salt, shaoxing wine, and oils) before quickly passing it through hot oil. It’s one of my favorite ways to guarantee moist and tender meat, and it’s a trick that I don’t hear home chefs talk about often. I love incorporating it into my recipes like Chinese Chicken and Broccoli because it’s one of the best ways to make restaurant quality Chinese food at home!

BLANCH YOUR BROCCOLI

  • Blanching your broccoli is a quick and simple way to keep them crisp and delicious in your Chinese Chicken and Broccoli ! It tenderizes without making it mushy, and eliminates any bitterness. It also helps prevent loss of color.

If you’re looking for another chicken dish to make, try General Tso’s Chicken!

Cooking With a Wok (Alternatives)

By now, you know that I LOVE cooking with my carbon steel wok! It is my #1 most recommended kitchen tool, as I believe it is perfect for high-heat cooking and results in restaurant quality Chinese food!

If it is your first time cooking with a wok, make sure to read my “How To Season a Wok” post. There is a video included that shows exactly how to season your brand new wok and how to maintain it so it lasts for years.

If you cannot or do not want to use a wok, you can use a large pan, cast iron, or even a dutch oven.

My KEY TIP would be to avoid crowding your pan – crowding can lead to your Chinese Chicken and Broccoli not cooking thoroughly and becoming mushy. If you think your dish will be crowded, use a larger pan, cast iron, or dutch oven, OR cook in batches.

If you tried this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli or any other recipe on my website, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it went in the comments below!

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4.91 from 10 votes

Chicken and Broccoli

Servings: 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Chicken and Broccoli cooked in a wok.
Chicken and Broccoli has been one of my MOST requested recipes! It's perfect for all of us trying to eat healthier in the new year (myself included) without compromising on taste!

Ingredients 

Chicken

Vegetables & Aromatics

  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped

Sauce

Oils

Instructions 

  • Cut chicken breast into 1" pieces and marinate with white pepper, salt, shaoxing wine, avocado oil, sesame oil, and cornstarch for 30 minutes.
  • Premix your sauce by combining soy sauce, oyster sauce, white pepper, sugar, msg, chicken stock, and cornstarch. Mix until combined and set aside.
  • Chop garlic and ginger and set aside, then cut broccoli to similar size pieces as the chicken.
  • In a pot of boiling water, blanch broccoli for 45 seconds and remove and drain thoroughly.
  • In a hot pan over high heat, heat 1 cup of avocado oil until smoking (about 450F), then carefully drop the chicken in the oil and velvet for 1-2 minutes until pieces are cooked through. Remove and set aside in a bowl.
  • Reserve 2 tbsp of frying oil, and sauté garlic and ginger for 15 seconds.
  • Add the premixed sauce and combine. The sauce will thicken after just a few seconds (refer to video for sauce consistency).
  • Add back chicken and broccoli and toss to combine. Finish with a tsp of sesame oil, give it a final mix and serve with freshly steamed rice. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 27gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 1107mgPotassium: 640mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 319IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
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8 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Cooked it tonight. The chicken was not as velvety as some of the other recipes. Are we not supposed to include baking soda and soya sauce while marinating the chicken.

  2. 5 stars
    CJ,
    You need a button so I can follow your recipes on Pinterest. The first one I tried was Benihana rice and fell in love. Tonight I’m making this for Hubby with Chinese broccoli (it’s what I have on hand). Have to find a substitute for oyster sauce. Hubby is allergic to shellfish 🦪. (I know it’s a travesty). Thanks again and get me a button to follow you!

  3. 5 stars
    Made this tonight. We do not have a wok and instead used our large cast iron skillet. Got the oil (vegetable) heated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, but cooked chicken for an extra minute (3 minutes total). Only other substitute was using rice flour in place of cornstarch.

    It was absolutely fantastic and still looked identical to your photos. Husband and I agreed that it was an amazing refinement of something you’d order for take out. Simple, easy, and delicious.

    First recipe I’ve tried of yours and we are both looking forward to trying more. Thank you for sharing your recipes with the masses.