Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

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Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Do you love Chinese food? Well, this Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry is the perfect meal for you! It’s easy to make, healthy, and delicious. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover chicken or broccoli that you might have. So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try today!

Orange Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry is a classic dish that is perfect for a busy weeknight. The chicken is coated in a sweet and tangy orange sauce, and the broccoli provides a crunchy contrast.

With Chinese New Year around the corner, many families are looking for festive recipes to celebrate. This orange chicken and broccoli stir fry is a quick and easy dish that is perfect for a weeknight meal.

The combination of flavors is delicious and will leave you wanting more. So give this recipe a try and enjoy a taste of China in your own kitchen!

Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

For a beginner like me, the words “stir fry” were always a little intimidating. Did I need special utensils? Did I need one of those huge woks I see in back of the Panda Express kitchen with the guy who’s standing over it using all of his upper body strength to toss 50 tons of chow mien at once?

Luckily, a stir fry is actually a really simple concept. It just means to cook something in a little bit of oil – which is the same definition as “saute.” The difference is, stir frying is actually done in a wok. But… who actually owns a wok? 

Okay fine, probably some of you own a wok. But most beginner’s don’t, and I’m here to tell other beginners that it’s not 100% necessary to own one.

The benefit of a wok, though, is that its shape allows it to hold a lot of food at once, yet it also heats up on all sides so it cooks your food very fast.

However, you don’t need to heat up 50 tons of chow mien at once (although I do wish I could do that at home because it sounds amazing)!

What you need is just a normal pan or skillet. I used my nonstick skillet for this recipe and it turned out great. Yes, that does mean that I’m technically sauteing my chicken & broccoli instead of stir frying it, but I know you’ll keep that a secret for me. Right?

What to serve with Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

When it comes to Orange Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry, there are a few different things that you could serve with it.

  • One option is rice. This will help to soak up some of the sauce from the Orange Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry and make it a little less messy.
  • Another option is noodles. This will also help to soak up some of the sauce and make it a little less messy.
  • Finally, you could serve Orange Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry with a side of vegetables. This will help to round out the meal and make it a little more healthy.

Whichever option you choose, Orange Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry is sure to be a hit!

Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

How to make Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, cover and steam the broccoli with 2 tbsp water over medium heat. Add more water if needed. When almost cooked through, uncover. Add 1½ tsp vegetable oil, sweet peppers (if desired), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, until vegetables are softened and a few of them are a little browned. Remove to a plate.
  3. Heat the remaining 1½ tsp vegetable oil in the same pan. Toss the cubed chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper, then stir fry in the pan until lightly browned on all sides. Reduce to medium-low. Add the vegetables back into the pan and pour the orange sauce over the stir fry. Toss together and heat until sauce is desired consistency (for me it was about 1 minute). Serve over rice and top with green onions.
Yield: 2

Orange Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry

Orange Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Stir fry is a classic dish that is perfect for weeknight dinners. This orange chicken and broccoli stir fry is easy to make and can be tailored to your taste preferences. You can use any protein or vegetables that you have on hand, so it's the perfect way to use up leftovers. Plus, this recipe only requires a handful of ingredients so it's quick and easy to prepare. Give this stir fry a try tonight!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • For the sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or gluten-free soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp orange zest (from 1 orange)
  • 5 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1½ tbsp cornstarch (1 tbsp & 1½ tsp)
  • ¼ cup water
  • For the stir fry
  • ½ lb broccoli, chopped
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil, divided
  • ¾ cup (4-6 small) sweet peppers, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 cups cooked white rice (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, cover and steam the broccoli with 2 tbsp water over medium heat. Add more water if needed. When almost cooked through, uncover. Add 1½ tsp vegetable oil, sweet peppers (if desired), and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toss and stir fry for 3-4 minutes, until vegetables are softened and a few of them are a little browned. Remove to a plate.
  3. Heat the remaining 1½ tsp vegetable oil in the same pan. Toss the cubed chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper, then stir fry in the pan until lightly browned on all sides. Reduce to medium-low. Add the vegetables back into the pan and pour the orange sauce over the stir fry. Toss together and heat until sauce is desired consistency (for me it was about 1 minute). Serve over rice and top with green onions.

Nutrition Information

Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 734Total Fat 24gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 99mgSodium 1736mgCarbohydrates 87gFiber 9gSugar 20gProtein 44g

FAQ and Tips

Here are some frequently asked questions and tips to help you get started:

  • Cut the chicken into small pieces so that it cooks evenly.
  • If you find that the broccoli is getting overcooked, remove it from the pan and set it aside until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Be careful not to add too much orange juice, as it can make the dish too sweet.
  • Add a little bit of water if the sauce is too thick.

What kind of chicken should I use?

For this recipe, we recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. You can also use rotisserie chicken if you’re short on time.

Can I use frozen broccoli?

Yes, you can definitely use frozen broccoli in this recipe. Just be sure to thaw it first before adding it to the stir fry.

Do I need to use fresh oranges?

No, you can actually use orange juice for this recipe. If you do choose to use fresh oranges, be sure to zest them first before adding the juice to the stir fry.

What other vegetables can I add?

Other great veggies to add to this stir fry include snow peas, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Get creative and add whatever you like!

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