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Crispy Chicken and Broccoli

Put this crispy chicken and broccoli on your ‘must-try’ list!

Quick and easy, this crispy chicken and broccoli makes the perfect mid-week meal.

No need to go out to the Chinese Takeaway. You can whip up this hugely popular dish in minutes and it tastes better too.

I like to use tender stemmed broccoli for this as it fries up quicker and looks fantastic on the plate too.

Chinese crispy chicken and broccoli

Chinese crispy chicken and broccoli is the easiest of stir fries.

How to get this recipe just right…

You know when you pick up a Chinese takeaway and bring it home, just to open it up to look at food that looks like it has been nuked?

Well this won’t happen when you cook crispy chicken and broccoli at home. 

Use the freshest ingredient you can get your hands on and be sure to cook the broccoli separately to the rest of the stir fry. 

Step by step photos…

Ingredients for stir fry

Be sure to get all your ingredients together before starting. It’s a lot easier.

Sauce for the stir fry

Stir all the liquid sauce ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

Flour dusted chicken

Dust the chicken pieces with the flour mixture. Be sure to shake off any excess flour.

Frying chicken

Fry the chicken in batches until lightly browned and crispy. Transfer to a rack to drip off any excess oil.

Frying broccoli

Add the broccoli  and chillies to the wok and fry for a couple of minutes or until just cooked through. Transfer to a plate.

Frying aromatic ingredients

Fry the aromatic ingredients over medium high heat.

Simmering the sauce

Stir in the prepared sauce and bring to a simmer.

Finishing the crispy chicken and broccoli stir fry

Return the broccoli, chillies and chicken to the wok and stir it all up to combine and heat.

Crispy chicken and broccoli stir fry

Serve immediately with rice or whatever you like.

 

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Yield: 4

Crispy Chicken and Broccoli

Chinese crispy chicken and broccoli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • FOR THE SAUCE
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce or more oyster sauce
  • 4 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp unsalted chicken stock or water
  • Juice of two limes
  • FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 4 tbsp rapeseed (canola) or peanut oil
  • 4 tbsp cornflour (corn starch)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • TO FINISH
  • 300g tender stemmed broccoli, cut into 2.5cm (1 inch) pieces
  • 2 red bird’s eye chillies, seeded and cut into rings
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2.5cm (1 inch) ginger, minced
  • 3 spring onions, sliced into thin rings

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing the sauce. Place all of the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowls and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Mix the flour, salt and pepper together and dust the chicken so that it is equally coated with the cornflour (corn starch) mixture and shake off any excess flour.
  3. Now pour the oil into a wok over high heat. The oil needs to be about 200c/400f. If you don’t have an oil thermometer, stick a wooded chopstick or spatula in it. When bubbles form around the wood instantly, the oil is ready for cooking.
  4. Cook the chicken in small batches so that you don’t lower the temperature of the oil and cook until lightly browned and crispy. This should only take about 5 minutes to cook all the chicken. Transfer the cooked chicken to a rack to drain any excess oil.
  5. Add the broccoli and chillies to the wok and fry for a couple of minutes until just cooked through. Transfer the cooked broccoli to a plate.
  6. Now add a little oil to the wok if required. You need about a tablespoon of oil. Fry the garlic, ginger and spring onions (scallions) for about 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  7. Pour the prepared sauce into the wok and bring to a simmer. To finish, return the chicken and broccoli to the wok and stir well to combine.

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