Easy Chicken and Broccoli is a protein and veggie packed dinner made in just one pan! Ready in less than 20 minutes, this rendition of takeout will leave your mouth watering over the juicy chicken, tender broccoli, and sweet and salty stir fry sauce!

chicken and broccoli with rice in a bowl

Chicken and Broccoli Recipe:

This Chinese style chicken with broccoli has become a new lunch and dinner obsession at my house!  I always have the ingredients to make the sauce on hand, and of course, we’re always looking for fun new ways to use up chicken.  This is great for a quick weeknight one-pan dinner, or it can be made ahead for meal prep for the week.  It is great by itself with white, brown, or even cauliflower rice!  If you love pasta, this stir fry style dish is also great with a side of Easy Lo Mein noodles!

one pan chicken and broccoli

How To Make Chicken and Broccoli:

  • To start, you will need 1.5 pounds of chicken breasts, then you will cut them up into half inch cubes.
  • Take a couple heads of broccoli and chop into florets, discarding any big stems.  You will need 2 cups of broccoli in total.
  • You will heat some sesame oil along with olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear the chicken for about 5 minutes.  Then, add the broccoli and cook for about 3 more minutes until the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender.
  • While your chicken and broccoli are cooking, you will whisk together all of your sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken mixture and simmer over low heat for just about 3 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

Storing Easy Chicken and Broccoli

This chicken and broccoli stir fry can be prepped ahead of time and will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days! Just make sure to keep it in an airtight container. For the best reheated results, only microwave it for 30 seconds at a time to avoid overheating. 

Ingredients Notes for Easy Chicken and Broccoli

  • Chicken – You’ll need about a pound and a half of boneless chicken breasts, cut into half inch cubes. You can also use thighs if that’s your preference.
  • Broccoli – You can use fresh or frozen broccoli. Either way you’ll need two cups total.
  • Sriracha – If you aren’t a fan of spice you can omit this from the stir fry sauce. Or if you don’t have it on hand you can substitute red pepper flakes or regular hot sauce. Also, because the amount is so little you can always add more to make this a hotter dish.
  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce – You can use regular soy sauce if you prefer, I just like to have more control over the salt in my dishes!
  • Rice – Traditional white rice is perfect but you can also serve this over cauliflower rice, fried rice, or Pan Fried Noodles!
  • Sesame Seeds – If you want to get fancy, garnish with some optional sesame seeds before serving. Feeling even fancier? Toast the sesame seeds first! 
chinese chicken and broccoli in a bowl



5 from 11 votes

Honey Sesame Chicken and Broccoli

Easy Chicken and Broccoli is made in one pan and ready to eat in 20 minutes or less!  You will love the mouthwatering sauce full of sesame, garlic, and honey!
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil, Divided
  • 1.5 Pounds Chicken Breasts, Cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 Cups Chopped Broccoli
  • Salt & Pepper, To Taste
  • 1/3 Cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha, Optional, See Note
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 2 teaspoons Corn Starch


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the olive oil and HALF of the sesame oil.
  • Add the chicken cubes and salt and pepper to taste.  Sear the chicken, stirring and moving around for 5 minutes until chicken is light golden in color.
  • Add the broccoli to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes until the broccoli is bright green.
  • While the broccoli is cooking, whisk together the remaining sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, sriracha, water, and corn starch in a small bowl.
  • Reduce the stove heat to medium-low and pour the sauce over the chicken and broccoli.  Simmer for 3 minutes, until sauce has thickened.
  • Serve immediately with rice, or cauliflower rice.  



NOTE:  The sriracha for this recipe is optional, but, it adds great flavor and does not make the chicken too hot.  If you do not have sriracha, you can add hot sauce or red pepper flakes to taste.
NOTE:  This recipe can be prepped ahead and stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1Cup, Calories: 303kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 109mg, Sodium: 959mg, Potassium: 676mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 54IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
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  1. 5 stars
    I, too, loved the recipe. Just a quick question. Under the intro, it states that you will love the mouthwatering sauce full of sesame, garlic and honey. I don’t see garlic listed in the recipe. Should we add garlic, and if so, how much?

    1. 5 stars
      I noticed that too, Helen. I added garlic to the chicken when the broccoli was added. I added to my taste (a clove or two). I also notice that there are sesame seeds on the final product in the photo. I have a jar of toasted sesame that I sprinkled at the end. I think it could probably be added when she chicken is stir frying at the first part of the recipe to toast them a bit in the oil.

  2. I added water chestnuts and cashews to give it extra Asian flare! Thank you Nicole for your website. EVERY recipe I have tried, we love and are a staple in our home dinners. I love how you also give extra tips on the meal. VERY HELPFUL!