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Weeknight Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

Easy Chicken Stir-Fry Hip2Save

Looking for an easy and delicious weeknight meal solution that’s done in minutes? Chicken stir-fry is one of my favorite go to family dinners because it’s simple, and you can customize it to whatever combo of veggies and meat you may have on hand. Serve it on top of your favorite rice and you’ve got a fast home-cooked complete meal. This is a great basic recipe that’s full of flavor and tastes amazing!

Weeknight Chicken Stir-Fry

(Adapted from What2Cook)


1 pound boneless skinless raw chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons ginger, minced
1 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups veggies (I used broccoli, sugar snap peas, & bell peppers)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
toasted sesame seeds (optional)
4 Servings rice, cooked

How to make sir-fry


  • Spray 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken, garlic and ginger. Tip: I like to keep small jars of minced garlic and ginger in case I don’t have fresh on hand.
  • Sautee 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is brown.  
  • Add 3/4 cup of the broth, the soy sauce and sugar.
  • Cover and cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring twice. Add vegetables.
  • After adding the vegetables, cover and cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink in center and veggies are crisp-tender.
  • Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup broth and then pour and stir into chicken mixture.
  • Cook while stirring frequently, until sauce is thickened.
  • Serve on top of rice, and garnish with toasted sesame seeds if desired. Enjoy your chicken stir-fry! 🙂

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Did you know?

Stir frying is a Chinese cooking technique that uses a little bit of hot oil to fry ingredients, like meat and vegetables, in a wok. Some scholars believe stir frying might have been used to dry grain, not cooking food, sometime between 206 B.C. and A.D. 220 (the Han dynasty).  When woks finally took the shape that we know of today, during the Ming dynasty sometime between 1368-1644), stir frying came closer to what we think of today. (All of this from Wikipedia.). Now, if you don’t have a wok, then fear not. Christopher Kimball, formerly of America’s Test Kitchen, never believed a wok was necessary for dishes like chicken stir-fry. He thought the dish could be cooked perfectly well in a regular frying pan.

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 68

  1. Anna


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    I love stir-fry’s so easy and so good yummo 🙂

  3. lp

    going to try this

  4. justme

    It looks really delicious and I want to make it! However I’m going sugar free. I know it’s crazy but I want to do it. Anyone know what the best sugar substitute for this recipe or cooking in general is?

    • Jes

      I think you’d be fine to just leave it out altogether. I make chicken stir fry frequently and never put sugar in mine.

    • Emily

      Honey works good if you are OK with adding natural sugar.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I agree try honey 🙂

      • Anna

        What is a Hip’s Modern Martha role? I feel like I missed something somewhere. I have not read the comments section of late so maybe I am not up to day.

        • Anna

          PS. I like the “new” recipe section or new to me. Now I can gather ideas for meals and use all those great bargains on food that HTS posts about regularly. Can you “feature” any products that are featured in the bargain postings about food? (Hope that makes sense). Maybe not or prefer not to be too specific with food products.

        • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

          Hi Anna!

          Lina joined the Hip2Save Team several months ago and frequently writes up posts focused on delicious recipes and/or easy DIY Crafts. We nicknamed her “HIP’s Modern Martha” since we believe she is a “hip” version of Martha Stewart.

          I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the recipe section and thanks for the suggestion to focus more on recipes featuring food items on sale.

          • Anna

            Your welcome! I like the recipe section and hope it continues to grow. HIP’s Modern Martha seems like a wonderful addition to the team.

            Just an FYI: I am delighted that your site has stayed true to your philosophy and hip style over the years. Continue the great work!

            • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

              Thank you so much, Anna! I really appreciate the kind words.

    • jenn

      A little bit of chopped or minced pineapple or swap a little fresh pineapple juice for the broth would work too. For this recipe, you could definitely do without any added sugar.

    • Leah

      I sub in honey for half the amount of sugar. We also use coconut sugar occasionally, which is a great white sugar substitution. Finally, if you want to avoid any form of sugar, I’d use unrefined coconut oil for your cooking oil…it adds an almost sweet quality to stir fries without adding sugar. Not quite the same, but it does round out the flavors nicely.

  5. Elle Si

    looks so good! Thank you Lina

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome enjoy!

  6. Irene

    Going to try, Yum…. Thank you.

  7. Jennine

    Yep yummy, Make it all the time. Maybe recipes with a twist? Ex. Like cabbage wrapped enchiladas posted earlier Typical but with a twist 🙂 not being mean, really I’ve thought this through too much but the meal recipes are in the average homes already sorry that Maybe what you’re going for

    • Erin

      Or maybe recipes, how-tos and crafts based on what’s free/cheap at a given time. What to do with all those holiday M&Ms (other than separate them for Vday and St. Patty’s)? Or repurposing Glade candles into something acceptable (w/o popping them in a gift basket to give away, LOL). Or knock-off recipes of more expensive products (homemade Terra Earth chips or baked sweet potato fries). That makes more sense to me on a savings blog.

      • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

        Thanks for the feedback and suggestions, Jennine and Erin. Lina and I will definitely discuss adding more recipes with a twist/knock-off recipes. I also love the idea of creatively repurposing items…

        • Lisa

          I actually live the staple recipes. Maybe I’m strange but many of them haven’t already been in my home. Also, I’ve found that there are many great variations added in the post:)

          • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

            That’s great to hear! Thank you very much for the feedback.

      • Leah

        Love these ideas 🙂
        I admit I don’t personally find the recipes very useful, as I’m already a pretty adventurous cook & have simple recipes in my rotation already. A lot of people do seem to like them, though, but I think it would take it up a notch if the recipe were tied to a great sale/sales, like maybe when muir glen tomatoes are a steal at Walmart, featuring a minestrone recipe, or enchiladas when there’s a great coupon to pair with canned chills. Just a suggestion to make the posts even more useful & apply to a wider audience 🙂
        You guys are doing a great job, though, so I hate to disparage you, I just think there are little tweaks that could make this new series useful to us longtime readers who might not need simple recipes/DIYs as much.

    • Tara

      @Jennine, maybe you should speak for yourself, I don’t think these recipes are meals found in the average home at all, but maybe you’re just more fancy than most. I love this blog and it’s been an added bonus to have these recipes, as a working mom, it’s hard to carve out time to meal plan and I appreciate Modern Day Martha’s hard work and effort that goes into finding meals that appeal to a broad audience. If you are looking for more “twists” perhaps you should subscribe to Food & Wine magazine or Cooking Light, not being mean really. Just a thought. 🙂 MDM I think you ROCK!

      • jenn

        I too have most of these foods in my rotation already, but I like that they are posted here. It reminds me of some things that I have not made in a while. I also like that they are healthy and pretty easy, which provides a nice way for people to ease into cooking more meals from scratch.
        I do wish that there were a few more unique recipes, but I think that Lina is doing a great job. She helps give a nice variety of basic recipes that can easily be customized, and always provides great feedback when people have questions.

  8. Catie

    I make a similar shrimp fried rice. Yummy–can’t wait to try!

  9. Jessica B

    This look so good! It is literally making my mouth water, hah! Def gonna try to make it soon!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Jessica Enjoy 🙂

  10. Lori Stevens

    Looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing. I am excited to try it!

  11. Jennifer

    I do this all the time with honey! It’s perfect for this

  12. jennifer

    also crushed red pepper flakes, just a pinch, gives it a nice kick

  13. Shanna

    I love that your meal ideas a super flexible. I’m not a meat eater and I have been able to sub tofu or just omit the meat from every recipe and have it still be yummy! I will be trying this on this weekend!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great! Thanks, enjoy 🙂

  14. tracy

    For an even faster version, I sometimes use frozen stir fry vegetables. I cook them for 2 minutes in the microwave and then drain the water from the bag. Otherwise the water from the vegs dilutes the seasoning. Thai (or sweet) chili sauce is delicious in this if you like things spicy.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great tip on the veggies!

  15. Teresa

    Mt rice is always sticky any ideas? I go by the instructions.

    • Bella

      Try Jusmine rice in the rice cooker (if you have one) 3 cup of rice 4 cups of water. Makes it perfect!

  16. Cannielle

    2 cup jasmine rice , 3 cups water, 1 tiny piece of a cinnamon tick, a drop olive oil. Combine all in the rice cooker and you are going to have perfect rice. Whoever likes stickier rice, I would recommend medium grain pearl rice.

  17. Guest

    So we have picky eaters lol. Can I just leave out broccoli or is there something I should substitute

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya leave out. Truth is one of my kids picks out the veggies anyway 🙂

  18. Shirley

    Try the Chicken Stir Fry and vegetables from McCormick website. It is so delicious.

  19. SC

    I really enjoy this addition to Hip2Save and I think your recipes are great and don’t include ingredients that (in my opinion) are hard to find or cost a lot. I often get in a dinner rut of meals to plan that we aren’t getting sick of and checking Hip2Save every day and seeing the new recipes helps to inspire me!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes! That’s awesome and ultimately my goal for these posts 🙂 Thanks!

  20. Lynn

    I think you are inspiring me to try new recipes also. I have created a new folder “Recipes To Try” so the new recipes don’t get lost in my “Recipes” folder in Word. Thanks Lina for helping us Cook and H2S for helping us Save! What a great site!

    • Christina

      I agree, Lynn! These are great recipes and super savings all in one site! THANKS LINA AND COLLIN! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s so nice and I’m glad you’re enjoying! 🙂

  21. Sarah

    Pinned this, will definitely try it soon! Just a side note – you shouldnt use cooking spray in non-stick pans… reacts with the coating and makes an oily film that wont come off and may damage coating. I use just a little olive oil with all of my sauteed veggies. YUM!

  22. Mary Ann

    I’m trying it tonight. Can’t wait.

  23. Jhill87

    Making this now with Mexican cauliflower rice yumm

  24. JODY

    Just made this last night. Really good! I chopped up everything and my 14 year old daughter cooked. She wants to learn. She added another teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken the sauce more.

  25. Phoenix

    I made this last night for dinner, and it’s not at all what I expected ._. I think I messed up by using frozen veggies, and maybe I didn’t brown the chicken enough. The cornstarch didn’t thicken the sauce up at all, and it was a new can, so I probably should have tried to add more like Jody’s daughter lol. But, it still tasted good, I just wish that there was an actual sauce in mine, rather than the soupy mix 🙁

  26. Brandi

    I found this on Pinterest and made this tonight. I thought it was, by far, the best Asian inspired chicken I’ve ever made. Even my son, who have NEVER eaten any meat with a sauce on it, had 2 bowls. Unlike others here, I did not have a lot of broth left, so I added more. Only thing I’d do differently next time is to make 2 batches!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Wow! That’s awesome – thanks Brandi 🙂

      • Brandi

        Oh yeah, I did use honey instead of sugar…we had just got some local honey so I thought I’d try it out.

  27. sandy

    i love this new section!! I am tired of my old recipes and am always looking for something new yet simple enough for me to make while watching my 3 kids. Thanks so much!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for reading Sandy!

  28. Vicky Bernard

    I found your recipe through Pinterest and made it last night. My family loved it. The sugar balance the soy sauce really well since we love our sauce a bit darker. Thanks for taking the time to post those recipes and making moms’ life easier. It was really tasty.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Hi Vicky! I’m so glad you found the recipe and enjoyed it! 🙂

  29. kelly rosaasen

    Delicious! My daughter’s favourite😊

  30. Stacey Grondin

    Made this tonight for dinner & it was literally the best chicken stir fry ever! My kids who dont like anything LOVED it! Thanks for such a great recipe!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s awesome Stacey – Thanks for sharing! 😀

  31. jamie

    Awesome recipe! Very tasty. Quick question would it be possible to make ahead of time and freeze? If so, how would I go about doing that? Thank you so much.

  32. Sara

    How many servings does this make?

  33. Leemac535

    I made this tonight for my family and it was so delicious. I followed the recipe to the T. It was easy and had so much flavor. I served over creamy white rice and there is nothing left! Thank you for this recipe. Happy will definitely be making this again.

    • Lina D

      Yay! I’m so glad – thanks for sharing!

  34. Nikki

    I’m on Weight Watchers and am making this tonight, what’s the serving size for this recipe?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Serves 4 – hope that helps.

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