Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry

One piece of advice I have for those just starting on the “I can make dinner after a 9 – 5” train, is that you really need to learn to roll with the punches.  You can have something really extravagant in mind for dinner, but forget to factor in that 4 hours meeting, and strenuous workout at the gym.  It’s quite normal for a 9 – 5 to actually turn into a 8 – 8, which when coupled with an irate work environment can actually seem like a 16 hour stressful work day.

Now, even I don’t want to cook after a day like that, although I don’t really have a choice as I get to post about it the next day! But you do. Stir-Fry is a really great healthy alternative to your elaborate menu.  It doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete. It’s delicious. And it really shouldn’t break the 200 – 300 calorie mark – especially if you skip the typical rice or noodle accompaniment.

So my advice is to keep these stir-fry alternatives in the back of your mind, and build your own recipe with your favourite vegetables and sauces. It’ll be a healthy go-to for the girl/guy on the go.

Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry
Serves 2

  • 4 chicken thighs, skinless, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, cut into uniform bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 2 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp Sriracha sauce
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  • Green onion, just the green parts, for garnish
  • EVOO

In a large skillet, or wok, heat EVOO on medium high heat.  When hot add in your chicken, and brown.  
Toss in your garlic, and saute for a minute, careful not to burn.  Throw in your carrots, keeping the pan moving. After about a minute, add in your green beans and broccoli (they will take about the same amount of time to cook).  Cook for couple of minutes, until your veggies are done to your liking.  
Add in your sauces, and coat thoroughly.  Crack in some pepper, and taste.  If you want it a little more saucy, add in another hit of oyster sauce.  
Serve garnishing with green onion tops.  

One thing this recipe missed was some fresh ginger.  I literally said that to my roommate halfway through consuming my first bowl.  If you have some ginger in the fridge, I would add in about a thumbs worth, peeled and minced.  Toss this in at the same time as your garlic. 

Easy peasy. Dinner in 20 minutes. 

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