Chinese food is one of the ultimate comfort foods, particularly when it arrives warm at your door ready to slurp from the container. But there’s also something exciting about making your own favorites right at home. Not only do you get to skip the takeout wait times, but you’ll also find that it doesn’t take much effort at all! Though we have plenty of favorite Chinese chicken dinners, Chinese chicken and broccoli might just be the simplest.
You’ll need to stock up on a few ingredients to get this recipe going, so be sure to read through the ingredient list before you turn on your stove. You might already have soy sauce, but a few other essential condiments are needed to bring this dish together. The bonus is that you’ll have all these condiments and sauces ready when you want to make your next Chinese takeout copycat recipe.
Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Recipe
1 boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
For the Sauce:
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 head of broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Step 1: Marinate chicken
Slice chicken and add to a bowl with 1 tablespoon oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Mix well so the chicken is completely covered in the marinade. Set aside while you prepare the rest of the dish.
Step 2: Prepare sauce
Combine 3 tablespoons oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons Shaoxing wine, the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, water and sugar. Whisk well and set aside.
Step 3: Blanch broccoli
Add 1/3 cup of water to a large nonstick skillet and turn heat to medium-high. Add broccoli and cover to steam for one minute. Remove broccoli and set aside; pour out any remaining water.
Step 4: Cook chicken and sauce
To the same skillet, add sesame oil and heat to medium-high. Add chicken and let brown for two minutes. Flip and brown the other side. Add broccoli, garlic and ginger and stir well. Give the sauce a good stir, then add to the pan along with the remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Stir as it thickens for a couple of minutes. Serve with sticky white rice.
Tips for Making Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
How do you slice chicken for Chinese chicken and broccoli?
Like with all meats, make sure to slice the chicken against the grain for the tastiest results. Thinner slices will also yield a more tender final product.
What’s the best way to thicken the sauce for chicken and broccoli?
The cornstarch is the thickener in this recipe, and it does its job beautifully! It’s not overly thick and viscous, instead the sauce remains pourable while still sticking to the chicken and broccoli. Out of cornstarch? Arrowroot or flour could work in a pinch to thicken sauces, though the consistency may not be the same.
What other ingredients can you add to Chinese chicken and broccoli?
You can add so many different tasty bits to your Chinese chicken and broccoli. Water chestnuts, carrots and baby corn would be great vegetable additions, while cashews would give it a lovely crunch.
What do you serve with Chinese chicken and broccoli?
White rice, brown rice and even fried rice will add a nice starchy base to this dish. If you’re not in the mood for rice or don’t have any left in your pantry, try plating the chicken and broccoli over rice noodles or egg noodles.
How should you store Chinese chicken and broccoli?
Store the Chinese chicken andd broccoli in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week, if it doesn’t get eaten before then!
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