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20 Minute Chicken Stir Fry

A quick and healthy stir fry full of chicken, healthy vegetables, and a delicious sauce this 20 Minute Chicken Stir Fry is a weeknight go-to!

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Easy Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

So we have been living on Stir Fry’s lately. They are the perfect meal in my opinion. Stir Fry’s are easy, nutritious, and delicious. 20 Minute Chicken Stir Fry is my go to for a weeknight dinner meal.

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The beauty of this Chicken Stir Fry is that it covers all aspects nutritiously as a meal, you don’t have to worry about a side dish or that you forgot to serve a vegetable. This stir fry stars thinly sliced chicken as the protein. Broccoli, carrots, red bell pepper, and spinach as your daily dose of vegetables. An easy sauce made with soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, and cornstarch. All served over steaming hot rice.

You are also allowed to customize this however you want. If you love mushrooms, add mushrooms, if you hate peppers, leave the peppers out! I usually will add in any other vegetables I need to use up in my fridge. If I have peas going bad or an extra pepper that needs to be used I will add it.

red bell pepper, carrots, and broccoli sitting on cutting board half cut up

The sauce is also easy and also customizable. It is your basic soy sauce based sauce and easy enough to add extra flavors, I like to add some crushed red pepper flakes or sriracha when I want a little heat.

So make your next busy night better with this customizable 20 Minute Chicken Stir Fry.

a large skillet filled with chicken, peppers, carrots, and broccoli stir fried together

a close up of chicken stir fry with carrots, peppers, and broccoli, topped with sesame seeds

TIPS & TRICKS

• I use my 12 1/2 inch skillet for this meal (my really large skillet), if you don’t have a large  skillet or wok I recommend fully cooking the chicken, setting it aside and then cooking the vegetables and then tossing it all together at the end, otherwise there might not be enough room in your skillet for everything to cook (need a large skillet? I have the Rachael Ray Nonstick 12-1/2-Inch Skillet and love it)

• Don’t forget the rice! Check out my Foolproof Method for Cooking Rice on the Stovetop

a toddler hand holding the handle of a skillet filled with 20 minute chicken stir fry

20 Minute Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

a quick and healthy stir fry full of chicken, healthy vegetables, and a delicious sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into stir fry strips*
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 head broccoli, or about 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1-2 cups fresh spinach, or a large handful or 2 (it wilts down)
  • GARNISHES: lemon juice, sesame seeds, & serve over Rice

For the Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. To make sauce add soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, sugar, and cornstarch to a small bowl. Stir to combine. (Alternatively sometimes I make the sauce ahead of time by adding everything to a jar, refrigerating it and just giving it a good shake before adding to the skillet).
  2. Clean and cut vegetables into bite size pieces. I cut the carrots into matchsticks, the broccoli into small florets, and the bell pepper into strips.
  3. Lightly grease a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook 3-4 minutes until the outside is no loner pink. 
  4. Add carrots, broccoli, and pepper to the skillet. Stir Fry for 5-8 minutes until the vegetables start getting tender. 
  5. Add spinach and sauce to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir Fry about 5 minutes until the spinach has wilted and the sauce has thickened slightly. 
  6. Remove from heat and stir in a teaspoon or two of lemon juice if using. Serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds.

Notes

*I highly recommend buying the pre-cut stir fry chicken that is at most stores, it saves so much time!

Nutritional data is automated, final nutritional information will depend on ingredients used and any changes made.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309.72Total Fat: 12.59gSaturated Fat: 3.29gSodium: 1907.59mgCarbohydrates: 19.67gFiber: 6.12gSugar: 6.77gProtein: 31.49g

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment below on the blog or share a photo with me tag @the_schmidty_wife! Can't wait to see what you made!

20 Minute Chicken Stir Fry - An easy healthy meal made in just 20 minutes

Peace & Love

Lauren, The Schmidty Wife

P.S. If you love my chicken stir fry make sure to check out my Shrimp Stir Fry (Freezer Meal) or my Ground Pork Stir Fry!

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Caitlin

Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Made this tonight and it’s pretty good accept I used frozen veggies so it’s more soggy. Pretty salty so next time I’ll use low sodium(:

Lauren Schmidt

Thursday 15th of October 2020

Thanks for the feedback on the frozen veggies!

Sima

Monday 12th of October 2020

This was really tasty! I used low sodium soy sauce and added some chillis...so good! Will definitely be making this again!

Donna

Sunday 20th of September 2020

I made this chicken stir fry tonight and my husband said it was better than a Chinese restaurant! We loved it

Lauren Schmidt

Monday 21st of September 2020

This comment just made my day! Thank you so much, I am so happy you enjoyed it!

Diane

Thursday 2nd of July 2020

Oh my, this was so salty I had to throw it out :( I thought I made a mistake with the 1/2 cup of soy sauce but I followed the recipe exactly.

Rachelle

Sunday 2nd of August 2020

@Diane, I find soy sauce to be too salty so I use reduced sodium soy sauce and that helps!

Rachel G.

Tuesday 7th of January 2020

Hi! At what step do I add the sauce into the skillet or wok? Thanks!

Lauren Schmidt

Wednesday 8th of January 2020

Hi Rachel, In step 5 you add the sauce with the spinach to the skillet once the vegetables start to become tender. Hope that helps!