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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.

overhead shot of a skillet full of chicken stir fry with colorful vegetables

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


• 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


  • 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


  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.


*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

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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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Thursday 21st of October 2021

This was easy to make but even with low sodium soy sauce, I found it to be salty. I think I’ll add a little more sugar and water down the soy a bit to decrease the saltiness when I try it again.


Friday 16th of July 2021

Made this tonight. Instead of spinach I cut portabella mushrooms and snow peas in with the other veggies. It was delicious! Will definitely make again.

Lauren Schmidt

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

Love the sound of those additional veggies! Sounds delicious!


Tuesday 29th of June 2021

I made this tonight and it was delicious. My five year old loved it and gave it a thumbs up for adding to the list of meals.

Lauren Schmidt

Tuesday 20th of July 2021

Awesome! So glad you and your 5 year old both enjoyed it!


Wednesday 5th of May 2021

I just tried this last night and it was a huge hit in my house! Sooooo good. And it's very healthy.

Lauren Schmidt

Friday 7th of May 2021

So happy you and your family enjoyed it Angelise!


Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Just made this tonight and it was a big hit. Tasted better then any I ever had at a restaurant.

Lauren Schmidt

Thursday 25th of February 2021

Thank you so much for the kind comment Sandy!

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