Chicken and Broccoli

  • Take-Out Fake-Out: Chicken and Broccoli my all time favorite comfort food!

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    Chicken and broccoli, hands down, is my all time favorite Chinese takeout dish. This is the one dish I would always get when my mom would order takeout on the nights she didn’t feel like cooking or whenever I ate at a food court. She never had to ask me what I wanted because it would always be the same answer. I think this is actually my favorite dish of all time. Meaning, I could eat this every day for a week and not be sick of it. I just love the combination of broccoli and chicken together along with the salty sweet sauce.


    Most kids don’t like broccoli and refuse to eat it, but me? No. Loved it. My mom, when she would make this dish from scratch, would have to make it a certain way otherwise I wouldn’t eat it. Haha, I’m so high maintenance, it’s going to be karma and I’ll have ridiculously picky kids. I wouldn’t eat mushy broccoli — you know the ones that are steamed til they’re super soft and have lost their bright green color or have even gone limp? My mom would always have to blanch the broccoli in boiling water for about 5 minutes or so and then throw them in an ice water bath so the broccoli, for yours truly here, would be ultra crispy and still bright green. I refuse to eat them raw, which is why cooking broccoli for me is such a pain since I don’t like them cooked fully nor do I like them undercooked :) Luckily I know how to cook it.

    Another night, another question of what to cook for dinner. I had broccoli and I had chicken defrosted. Easy. I threw together a simple sauce, that ended up being kind of like a teriyaki sauce, and cooked it with the chicken and broccoli and then poured it over a bed of rice. Oh simplicity at its best. It turned out to be so good. Jason was impressed by how well it all turned out on a whim and I’m glad it turned out great too :)

    Chicken and Broccoli

    One of our favorite take-out dishes but made at home!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 10 mins
    Total Time: 25 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2
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    Ingredients

    • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1" cubes
    • 1 cup frozen broccoli florets

    For the sauce

    • 3/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 2 tbsp sesame oil
    • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
    • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

    Instructions

    • In a medium saucepot, bring water to a boil and blanch the broccoli florets, about 3-5 minutes. Drain in a colander and run ice water on broccoli to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the sauce and throw in the chicken cubes and let marinate for 10 minutes.
    • In a large skillet, add a little vegetable oil then heat to medium high heat. With a slotted spoon, scoop out the chicken from the sauce and cook it until cooked through. Throughout the cooking process, spoon the leftover sauce onto the chicken until you have a good amount of sauce that you'd be able to use for putting over rice and enough to coat the chicken. The sauce will naturally thicken as you cook because of the added cornstarch.
    • When chicken is done, add the broccoli and turn the heat down to low. Stir well to mix then remove from heat.

     

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  • Kathryn says:

    Don’t worry, I’m even fussier than you when it comes to broccoli – I will only eat certain bits of it and if it’s a certain size…haha. I do like the combination of chicken and broccoli though and that sauce sounds delish.

  • Jenny Flake says:

    Loving this Julie! My kids love this kind of dinner too. Looks like it’s going to be making an appearance at my dinner table soon :)

  • Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama says:

    I’m the same with broccoli. Hubs likes it mushy, if it has a bite to it he won’t eat it. Gross. I can’t stand eating mush.

  • Mackenzie @SusieFreakingHomemaker says:

    This looks awesome! I love the take out fake out type dishes! No need to order out with these ingredients at home!! Thanks!!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    Chicken and broccoli is my favorite Chinese takeout dish, too! I just cannot get enough of that sauce it comes in…mm, having Chinese food cravings just thinking about it. I love this easy version! :)

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    Does this sauce taste like the takeout one? If so, I’m totally in! I never knew how to recreate that takeout sauce taste and that would literally be the only reason I’d end up ordering it b/c the dish itself is so easy to make at home.
    Oh and raw broc?….Ew. I’ll never understand why veggie platters have so much of it on there at parties! gross.

    • Julie says:

      Gina, yes, I think this sauce tastes like the takeout one. Jason can vouch if needed ;) It’s healthier too, so no MSG and less sodium aka no chugging water into the night haha

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    I luuurve homemade Chinese!! This sounds excellent! Im with you! Im all about the Chicken & Broccoli every time we order it!

  • Samantha says:

    Broccoli has always been my favorite veggie. As a matter of fact, the other day I went to chili’s and ate only my broccoli and took home the rest. (I was full from appetizers and tipsy from margaritas!)

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    mmm there’s nothing like a yummy dish of chicken and broccoli for dinner. unlike you, i HATED broccoli when i was little! i had a bit of an unhealthy palate – i lived off of hot dogs., how i was not an obese child is beyond me lol. i LOVE broccoli now though and this looks just fabulous :)

  • Cassie says:

    I adore broccoli. And I think you know how I feel about these flavors. My mouth is watering and now I’m craving takeout! Love takeout at home!

  • DessertForTwo says:

    Another great takeout recipe! Love it!

    Also, you can be as picky as you want when it comes to your veggies, because at least you’re eating them! :)

  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says:

    I love when you do take-out recipes. I have been craving take out lately but keep stopping myself because it can get expensive in such a hurry. :( This looks yum-town, doll. For realsies!

  • Sophie says:

    This looks super easy and delicious. I love Chinese food and its what I grew up eating at home and now that I’m on my own, I have to try to make it myself!

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love says:

    This is a great recipe so much better than any take out!

  • Danielle says:

    I made this for lunch today…it was really good! Thanks for another great recipe :)

    • Julie says:

      Woah, that was fast!! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  • Living The Sweet Life says:

    I’ve always been a brocolli fan too … except I’ll eat it anyway it’s made. I actually kind of like it a little overcooked – – but not so overcooked that it’s mush. Hmmm … maybe I too am a little picky ;) lol

    Delicious recip!!

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    This is one of my favorite take out meals, and I love how you made it homemade, Julie! Great simple, quality ingredients can really make for one delicious dish like you have here!

  • Deborah says:

    I love take-out recipes at home. Especially since you know exactly what goes into it – and most of the time it tastes better!!

  • Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau says:

    This IS simplicity at it’s best. That ingredient list is impossibly easy. This is going in the rotation this week for sure!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits says:

    I am seriously in love with your take out-fake out posts. I suck at making this kind of stuff, I love that you do posts about it!

  • Tracey says:

    Yay, more take out at home – it’s my favorite!! Your chicken and broccoli looks delicious. My husband won’t eat broccoli no matter how I cook it, so I’ll have to save this for a single gal dinner sometime :)

  • amanda @ fake ginger says:

    Looks delicious! I love chicken & broccoli too but haven’t had it in forever! I need to change that!

  • Bev Weidner says:

    I wish you could send me some now, WAAAAAHHHHHH.

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    My favorite Chinese take out dish was a cross between sesame chicken and beef with broccoli, but it seems like you created a hybrid of the two!

    Can I just say that you’re my hero? :)

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Mmmm, I love broccoli, this looks beautiful in a “I want to smash it in my face” sorta way.

  • brandi says:

    oh man, this looks WAY better than take out! these pictures are gorgeous :)

  • katie says:

    As a kid this was my go-to chinese dish. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  • Julia {The Roasted Root} says:

    When I was younger, I always had it in my head that certain food like Chinese food should only be consumed as take out in the white boxes. Now that I’m slightly more mature, I’ve wanted to make Chinese food and other ethnic foods at home. Your recipe looks awesome and is probably WAY healthier than take out! Thanks!

  • Kara @ fitnessinformation says:

    This post just made my day. I’ve recently moved to Europe and miss American Chinese food like CRAZY!!! Will definitely be making this at home :))

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    We didn’t eat much Chinese food growing up (my dad wasn’t a fan), but this is my favorite dish as a grown-up! So excited to try your recipe at home!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    YUM! I love chicken (or beef) and broccoli too. I’ve always loved broccoli. And I really appreciate take-out recipes that you can make at home! So much healthier!

  • Shipsa01 says:

    Tried it last night, Julie and it was awesome. Though I do recommend using a much-lower sodium soy sauce. Laura and I were (as you said) chugging water the rest of the evening! But anyway, it was fantastic; having the rest for lunch today.

  • Jenny @ BAKE says:

    this sauces sounds delicious, I’ll have to give it a try soon

  • shuhan says:

    broccoli has always bene one of my favourite vegetables. growing up, we didnt like lots of vegetables, but broccoli, curiously, was one of the few we really liked. thankfully, I have not been subject to the horror of mushy overcooked brown/gray broccoli! yum looking dish, would choose this over takeout anyday!

  • Anni says:

    I just tried out your recipe and my family and I enjoyed eating it. Thanks for sharing! Oh, and I love your blog :)

    Greetings from Germany
    Anni

    • Julie says:

      Thanks Anni! That’s so cool you’re reading my blog from Germany :)

  • Jill says:

    Wow, was this way too salty. I highly recommend low-salt soy sauce if you will be trying this. I would definitely make some revisions to this one so it wasn’t so salty.

  • Jane says:

    Yum, made this tonight. I forgot garlic. Used reduced-sodium soy sauce, and only made 1/2 the sauce and it was plenty. I also used fresh broccoli and would increase the amount of that to 2-3 cups. Very good! will be making this again.

  • Tanya @ A Little Bit of Everything says:

    You would have thought I sprayed my husbands mouth with pepper spray. It was a bit to spicy for him. :) It was a little spicy for me also, but I could handle it. Next time I’ll try making it with little or no crushed red pepper. It was very tasty though!

  • Lou says:

    This sounds fantastic! Super excited to try this!

  • Gloria says:

    I have to agree with Jill. WAY too salty. My kids would not eat it. Smelled great cooking but definitely need sodium soy sauce and maybe a bit more honey.

  • Stephanie says:

    Looking forward to trying this. And to all those that say it was too salty the ingredient list states use low sodium soy sauce unless this was revised after the comments.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Stephanie! Hope you enjoy it! Ha, yes, the low-sodium in the ingredients was always there. Thanks for the reminder to everyone ;)

  • Sandy says:

    Yummy! Making for the second time tonight…thanks!

    • Julie says:

      Nice! Enjoy!

  • Vicky says:

    Made this for dinner today and it was very yummy. Next time I will try it with less soy sauce and fresh broccoli. Thanks for the recipe! Love this blog.

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Vicky! So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Diane says:

    Made this for dinner, my husband and I both loved it. Added extra broccoli.

    Thanks for I the recipe.

    • Julie says:

      Glad you and your husband loved it!

  • Sabrina mala says:

    Thank u so much for sharing! Made this for supper tonight and all five kids ages 10-1 years old loved it! Definitely will be making this again!

  • Sharon says:

    I am going to make this tonight. I like to add fresh ginger, turmeric, scallions too.
    :-)

  • V says:

    I absolutely love Chinese takeout but I always shy away from it because it is a complete MSG bomb and who knows what you’re really eating! I was so happy to find this recipe and I got around to making it last night. I added red bell peppers as well for extra veggies. I found the sauce to be on the salty side, even with the low-sodium soy. It was very tasty, but next time I will cut down the soy and maybe sub half of it for water or chicken stock. Overall it was delicious!

  • Lacie says:

    Made this for dinner tonight and my man absolutely loved it. Steamed fresh broccoli rather than blanching frozen because we prefer mushy veggies. Definitely a winner and will be on our normal rotation!

  • Lorna says:

    Hi, I’ve made the chicken and broccoli a couple of times now but always forget to tell you how lush it is.. Thanks for sharing.
    By the way I completed my email address to the subcription box but there’s no send or submit button and return doesn’t do anything. I’m using an iPad
    ?
    Regards Lorna

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