Easy Weeknight Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe
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This chicken stir-fry recipe is an easy and delicious weeknight dinner that’s done in minutes!
This weeknight chicken stir-fry recipe is one of my favorite go-to family meals because it’s simple, delicious, and completely customizable. You can easily adjust the ingredients to suit your family’s tastes, or just use whatever combo of meat and veggies you happen to have on hand at the moment!
Serve it on top of your favorite rice, and you’ve got a fast home-cooked meal. This is a great basic recipe that’s full of flavor and my entire family thinks that it tastes amazing!
Hip tips for making this easy chicken stir-fry recipe:
- Feel free to substitute the veggies for the ones that your family loves. It’s also a great opportunity to use up leftover veggies from your fridge.
- Use a stir-fry wok if you have one, but a large 12-inch skillet works too!
- At the very end of this recipe, I made a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce. It’s a small additional step, but it’s worth the little bit of extra effort. It adds a great “take out” style texture to the sauce and helps the sauce to better “stick” to your meat and veggies.
Weeknight Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe
yield: 4 SERVINGS
prep time: 10 MINUTES
cook time: 20 MINUTES
total time: 30 MINUTES
Chicken and veggies get sautéed on the stove using ginger and other Asian-inspired flavors for a super easy and delicious skillet meal!
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or cooking oil of choice)
- 1 pound boneless skinless raw chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 teaspoons ginger, minced
- 1 cup chicken broth, divided
- 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
Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat on the stove.
Add chicken, garlic, and ginger to skillet.
Hip Tip: I like to keep small jars of minced garlic and ginger for those times I don't have fresh on hand.
Saute 5 to 6 minutes or until chicken is brown.
Add 3/4 cup of the broth, the soy sauce, and sugar.
Cover skillet with a lid and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring twice. Add vegetables.
After adding the vegetables, cover and cook for about another 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!
This chicken stir-fry recipe is a mom WIN!
This is a delicious homemade meal that my kids look forward to, and I love that they’re getting a generous serving of veggies in every bowl. Best of all, it’s an easy no-fuss dish to serve up on busy weeknights. I love how versatile this recipe is too.
Not only can you customize the veggies, but you can choose your protein as well. Sometimes I change things up and add shrimp or steak instead of chicken. That’s always a big hit with my family, and it makes this recipe feel like a brand new dish every time. YUM!
I love stir-fry’s so easy and so good yummo 🙂
going to try this
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?
I think you’d be fine to just leave it out altogether. I make chicken stir fry frequently and never put sugar in mine.
Honey works good if you are OK with adding natural sugar.
Yes I agree try honey 🙂
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.
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.
I’ve used Splenda in similar recipes with good results.
looks so good! Thank you Lina
You’re welcome enjoy!
Going to try, Yum…. Thank you.
I make a similar shrimp fried rice. Yummy–can’t wait to try!
This look so good! It is literally making my mouth water, hah! Def gonna try to make it soon!
Thanks Jessica Enjoy 🙂
Looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing. I am excited to try it!
I do this all the time with honey! It’s perfect for this
also crushed red pepper flakes, just a pinch, gives it a nice kick
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!
Great! Thanks, enjoy 🙂
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.
Great tip on the veggies!
Mt rice is always sticky any ideas? I go by the instructions.
Try Jusmine rice in the rice cooker (if you have one) 3 cup of rice 4 cups of water. Makes it perfect!
I rinse the rice twice before cooking. It takes some of the starch off.
I rinsed my rice 3 times and I used 1:1 ratio for jasmine rice and water. It turns out great and also I would let the rice sit in the rice cooker for a few minutes after it finishes cooking before you take it out.
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.
So we have picky eaters lol. Can I just leave out broccoli or is there something I should substitute
Ya leave out. Truth is one of my kids picks out the veggies anyway 🙂
Try the Chicken Stir Fry and vegetables from McCormick website. It is so delicious.
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!
Yes! That’s awesome and ultimately my goal for these posts 🙂 Thanks!
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!
I agree, Lynn! These are great recipes and super savings all in one site! THANKS LINA AND COLLIN! 🙂
That’s so nice and I’m glad you’re enjoying! 🙂
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!
I’m trying it tonight. Can’t wait.
Making this now with Mexican cauliflower rice yumm
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.
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!
Wow! That’s awesome – thanks 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.
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!!
Thanks for reading Sandy!
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.
Hi Vicky! I’m so glad you found the recipe and enjoyed it! 🙂
Delicious! My daughter’s favourite😊
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!
That’s awesome Stacey – Thanks for sharing! 😀
How many servings does this make?
It was enough for my family of 4.
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.
Yay! I’m so glad – thanks for sharing!
I’m on Weight Watchers and am making this tonight, what’s the serving size for this recipe?
Serves 4 – hope that helps.
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Oh my goodness Rosy- Your sweet and thoughtful comment made my day – thank you so much! I’m so glad you are enjoying Hip2save!
Such a sweet comment! We sure appreciate YOU! ❤️
Lina- I appreciate all the hard work that goes into posting recipes, pictures and links. You are amazing ! I am excited to see your posts because like others I get stuck in a rut. I’m very experienced cook but after several of your posts I I had purchased an air fryer. Thank you for all you do!
oh thanks so much! I appreciate your nice comment <3
Had this tonight. Great recipe. We use cauliflower rice instead of regular to make it more carb/calorie free.
That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing Shannon!
Thanks, we have been working really hard to get out of our food rut. Will add this to the menu for next week!
Yay! I can so relate to the food rut! Ha enjoy 😉
Lina you are one of my favorite reasons I visit Hip2save! Thanks for all your ideas.
Aw yay! Thanks for your kind comment Sheila!
Thank you for this recipe! I’ve made it several times and it’s a new family favorite.
Oh awesome! You’re very welcome 😉
Thanks for the great recipe! I’m thinking of adding fresh mushrooms next time and swapping the sesame seeds with cashews just for variety. Do you think this recipe would work with shrimp too?
Yum to all of those suggestions! Yes shrimp sounds great! 👍
Can’t wait to try this~just bought a wok! Definitely frozen veggies!
Oh yay that sounds good 👌
Delicious. Can’t wait to tweak it for my family. Might be dinner tonight even. I hate cooking cause they all have so many things that they won’t or can’t eat but this is doable. Thank you.
Ha yes! I can relate – enjoy!
Would be great with shrimp also.
YES!! I agree- yum 🙂