Mix up your regular dinner routine with this healthy and delicious chicken stir fry recipe. Chicken stir fry is a simple yet healthy dish that the whole family will love. There are many variations to a chicken stir fry recipe, but a few staple ingredients include chicken and vegetables.
What Is Chicken Stir Fry?
Chicken stir fry is a chicken dish that blends chicken with various vegetables and is then coated in a stir fry sauce. This popular Asian dish dates back to the Han Dynasty in China and has been a staple in Asian cuisine ever since.
Easy Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
- 1 lb Boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 200 grams Broccoli
- Some snap peas
- 200 grams Mushrooms
- ½ cups Carrots
- 1 Onion, diced
- 2 Garlic cloves, minced
- 1 Green peppers cut into matchsticks
- 250 ml Chicken stir fry sauce
Step 1: Heat oil in the wok and add onion and garlic
- Put the wok on your stove and heat olive oil and a dash of sesame oil on medium heat.
- Add chopped onion and garlic to the wok as soon as the oil is hot, and cook until aromatic and slightly brown.
Step 2: Cook the chicken breast
- Then add diced chicken breast to your wok and cook uncovered on medium heat until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. Be sure to cook your chicken to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll want your chicken to present a golden-brown color on the outside; that’s how you know it is fully cooked.
Step 3: Add veggies
- After the chicken is cooked and the juices are running slightly pink but primarily clear, add your veggies. Broccoli, snap peas, peppers, mushrooms, and carrots are popular vegetable choices for stir fry. Still, you can add whatever veggies you like best.
Step 4: Add chicken stir fry sauce
- Add your chicken stir-fry sauce to the mixture. This can be a sauce you make homemade, or you can buy stir-fry sauces pre-made in the store.
- Teriyaki is another popular sauce that tastes great over stir fry if you want to try a different variation to the chicken stir fry recipe.
Step 5: Serve and enjoy
- Finally, when the veggies are soft and the flavors are blended together, serve the chicken stir fry over rice or noodles for the best-tasting results. Of course, you can also eat it plain if following a keto or low-carb diet too!
Tips and Tricks for Making Chicken Stir Fry for Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
Use sesame oil to add a truly authentic Asian taste to the chicken stir fry. I like sesame oil for the flavor but not the calories. So, if you’re trying to cut back on calories, I would use light olive oil instead.
If you’re practicing a vegetarian diet, try making a veggies stir fry and exclude the chicken. If this is the case, I would recommend adding some other form of protein, such as soybeans or tofu, for a more balanced and complete meal.
Other Chicken Stir Fry Variations
Some other significant variations to traditional chicken stir fry include adding soy sauce to the mixture, swapping out the chicken for steak or shrimp, or adding a fried egg to add more protein and a better texture.
Another fun variation to traditional chicken stir fry is by adding hibachi sauce. Hibachi sauce will add a smokey flavor and make you feel like you snagged your meal fresh from the Japanese hibachi grill.
Also, if you’re short on time, try air frying your chicken first and getting pre-sliced veggies for a quick, under-30-minute meal that still tastes great.
Nutrition Information of Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
Chicken stir fry is a nutritionally balanced meal, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner idea for your family. You get a healthy balanced of all of your macros (protein, carbs, and fats) plus tons of vitamins and minerals from the veggies.
Chicken breast boasts a whopping 52 grams of protein per 6-ounce piece, which makes this an excellent protein source and adds a more satiating effect after your meal. You can always add more chicken or additional protein sources for even more protein content.
Carbs are not the enemy in this case! If you serve your chicken stir fry over rice or noodles, that will be your primary source of carbohydrates in this dish; however, even if you don’t, veggies and some of the ingredients in the sauce will add enough carbs to keep your body fueled.
Some other low-carb options for serving your chicken stir fry include quinoa, couscous, butternut squash, or spaghetti squash.
If you use olive oil or sesame oil for cooking your stir fry, that is where you get your fat portion in this Asian-inspired recipe. Also, chicken has a very small percentage of fat content as well. The stir fry sauce and any other sauces you use to flavor your stir fry will also add fat.
Vitamins and Minerals
The wide array of vegetables you use in this chicken stir fry recipe makes it such a healthy meal full of vitamins and minerals. For example, broccoli provides you with large amounts of vitamin C and folate, carrots are high in vitamin A and iron, and mushrooms have large amounts of fiber and antioxidants.
Total Calorie Breakdown: 1 cup serving = 186 calories, 6g fat, 4g carbs, and 18g protein.
The tasty conclusion to this recipe breakdown is that chicken stir fry really is a great weeknight meal option for you and your family. It has a balanced macronutrient content and a healthy amount of vitamins and minerals. It can even be keto and vegetarian-friendly too! So try this chicken stir fry recipe tonight and let your taste buds enjoy some good, hearty Asian cuisine.
This was wonderful.
Made this yesterday and everyone loved it!! This is a great tasting recipe! Delish!
Excellent. I made this last night for my darling. Totally loving it! I’ll definitely make this again. Thanks.