Chinese Takeout Chicken and Broccoli

When I get Chinese takeout I usually order:

Chicken & Broccoli
Broccoli & Garlic Sauce
Shrimp & Broccoli
Lo Mein with Added Broccoli

Do you see the broccoli love?

I have been trying to perfect a takeout restaurant version of chicken and broccoli for many years.   I was close but the broccoli was never perfectly crunchy, the sauce was too thick, the sauce was too thin, the taste was off.  But finally, finally!  I shake my fist at you chicken and broccoli because I did it!  It was a great moment sitting down at dinner to eat this and hear the cheers from both my and Matthew’s mouths.  It’s really good.  I don’t think I can ever order takeout again if I know it’s this easy (and much more healthier) to make at home.  

If you love Chinese Takeout Chicken and Broccoli, you will like this version.   Alot!

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Chinese Takeout Chicken and Broccoli
  1. 1 head of broccoli, cut up into florets
  2. 1 small green pepper - cut up into small slices
  3. 3/4 cup sugar snap peas - chopped into thirds
For the chicken marinade
  1. 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts - cut up into bite size pieces
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  5. 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  6. 1 tablespoon water
  7. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the sauce
  1. 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  2. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  3. 4 cloves garlic - minced
  4. 2 tablespoons flour
  5. 1 tablespoon rice cooking wine
  6. 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  7. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  1. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to fry in
  2. 1/2 cup water
  1. Mix your marinade ingredients in a bowl - add your bite size chicken pieces and stir. Set aside.
  2. Mix your sauce ingredients in a bowl - set aside.
  3. Steam broccoli for 3 minutes, drain - set aside.
  4. Heat up 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken, it's marinade and 1/2 of the sauce mixture. Keep cooking until chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Add steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas, green pepper and remaining sauce with 1/2 cup water.
  6. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until sauce thickens up.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Adapted from a teaspoon of happiness
Brooklyn Farm Girl
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Oh garden greens, I love you.   I picked some fresh broccoli, green peppers and sugar snap peas.  You can omit the sugar snap peas if you want to, but I would highly recommend keeping them in. It gives it a great additional crunch!   

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You want your chicken to be cut up into bite size pieces, and then you let them marinate for a bit until you are ready to move on to the next step with them.

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This is the magic sauce that holds everything together.  It’s the sauce I have fought with to get just right.  It was a glorious moment!

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The sauce turned out so well due to these 3 great ingredients.  I’ve really come to love sesame oil in cooking the past few years.  PS. Make sure you use low sodium or lite soy sauce, we want to cut back on the salt in this recipe.

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And when it’s all done you will have one beautiful skillet full of chicken and broccoli.  

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Dive right in, it’s delicious!

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  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    My hubs loves beef broccoli, I’m sure he would love this chicken version too!! Looks delish.

    • Pamela

      Thanks Aimee, I hope he enjoys it (and you too!).

  2. Oh how yummy does this look! I hardly ever cook Asian dishes at home b/c they seem challenging at times, but I love how EASY this is! Definitely trying it soon. Thanks for sharing!

    • Pamela

      I hope you give this a try Georgia, it’s easy and pretty quick to make! Enjoy!

  3. miss messy

    I’m a massive broccoli fan too! This looks delicious and I would love to try it with tofu! :)

    • Pamela

      That would be great too! Let me know if you try it!

  4. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    I always prefer making my own stir-fry meals at home. You control what goes into your food. At Chinese restaurants, there are a ton of oil and fat, not to mention MSG. This looks absolutely DELICIOUS! The broccoli is cooked perfectly and it’s so vibrant! Well done Pamela. :) Pinning!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Anne! I totally agree with you, the amount of MSG in most takeout dishes is enough to scare anyone away!

  5. I love the idea of chicken and broccoli, but every time I order it, I hate how unhealthy it tastes (and makes me feel). Your version seems much more like something I’d like!

    • Pamela

      Definitely, I feel the same way.. guilty afterwards! There is no guilt involved with this one!

  6. I’m the same way- I always get a broccoli dish when I order Chinese! I usually make stir fry if I’m making chinese at home but this dish would be great to shake things up!

    • Pamela

      Let me know if you try it Faith!

  7. The Squishy Monster

    I can taste the broccoli love!!

    • Pamela


  8. Kelly

    This looks delicious Pamela! Your gorgeous garden broccoli definitely shines in this dish! Love recreating takeout dishes at home too and you did a fabulous job! Yum!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Kelly! The broccoli is shining brightly at your comments! :)

  9. Mr. & Mrs. P

    Nice way to use you harvest!! Sound wonderful and the taste of the veggies still come through!

  10. That looks so good! I always have an issue recreating Chinese food as well, it’s never quite right. I’ll have to try this!

    • Pamela

      Let me know how you like it Heather! :)

  11. I love broccoli, too, and I could easily eat this meal multiple times a week! Looks fabulous, love! xo

    • Pamela

      Me too Ashley! Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Sarah | The Sugar Hit

    I looooooove broccoli too! Especially in any stir-fried format. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Pamela

      No problem Sarah, enjoy!

  13. Amy Tong

    My kids and I love broccoli (I’m so thankful my kids are big fans too!) This Chinese Takeout Chicken and Broccoli is one of the dishes I made quite often, usually with beef though. :) And I sometimes make a vegetarian version with all sorts of veggies. My kids are going to love your version with “extra” sauce. hehe…

    • Pamela

      A family of broccoli lovers, that’s awesome. Definitely need that extra sauce.. :) :)

  14. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    This looks so yummy…love all those fresh veggies! It’s always nice to be able to make your favorite meal at home instead of spending money (and calories) going out.

    • Pamela

      Totally agree Amy! It feels great to be able to make your favorites!

  15. 2sistersrecipes

    This is what I have been waiting for- stir fry chicken and broccoli…OMG is everyone’s favorite and now I have a recipe for it! Yes!
    thank you Pamela !

    • Pamela

      *High 5* Enjoy your chicken and broccoli!

  16. That sauce is BOSSSSS. LOVE chicken and broccoli!!

    • Pamela

      “Boss Sauce”, love it.

  17. I need to start cooking more Asian dishes at home – this made me crave it!! Yummm

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Ashley, it’s easy to make too.. bonus!

  18. Emma

    Unfortuntately…… I never feel guilty about eating Chinese takeout. ….which I do nearly once a week. It just makes me so happy!

    I do usually give my broccoli pieces to my boyfriend, in part because I’m not the biggest fan, but more so because he loves broccoli as much as you do. So sad that the broccoli we tried to grow last year failed – even sadder since it’s one of the staple crops grown locally! :P

    • Pamela

      Bummer about the broccoli, but hopefully next year is a big broccoli year for you guys and it grows double in size!

  19. Katie

    You can’t beat the salty MSG-laden chicken and broccoli at Chinese restaurants. I can polish one off in one sitting. Pinning this!

    • Pamela

      Me too Katie.. and now I can do it at home!

  20. Dan from Platter Talkk

    Love this!! We will definitely be putting this on our menu at home, soon. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    • Pamela

      Great to hear Dan, enjoy!

  21. Melanie Ellsworth

    WOW! so yummy – my mouth is watering! I love this and love broccoli – so excited to try this recipe.
    thanks for sharing – it’s making me so hungry. I can’t wait to grow broccoli this fall. love it!
    love the pics!
    you’re the best!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Mel! Enjoy your broccoli! We just started our seedlings the other day… can’t wait for the next Fall batch. :)

  22. Suzanne

    I have tried to replicate chinese takeout and failed, unlike you I gave up and order in. This sounds exactly right and I am going to be making it quicker than picking up the phone and ordering. So glad you perservered. Saved!!

    • Pamela

      Super happy to hear Suzanne! I tried many recipes but they just never worked out… until this one… then it all changed. Thank you chicken and broccoli!

  23. renee dwyer

    I LOVE LOVE your blog xx this looks gorgeous, and would taste even better with home grown veggies x

    • Pamela

      It’s YUMMY!

  24. I always order chicken and broccoli for takeout. I have to try to make this at home! It looks delicious.

    • Pamela

      Let me know if you try it Sally, enjoy!

  25. tracy {pale yellow}

    Yummy! So much fresher and healthier than take-out and a great use of all your gorgeous broccoli!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Tracy! It has turned into one of our favorite meals!

  26. Monica

    Pamela – I stir-fry all the time since it’s what I grew up with but I still have so much to learn when it comes to the sauces. I recently just checked out the Chinese take-out cookbook. It’s a riot since I’m Chinese myself but don’t know how to make any of that stuff! Takeout is so convenient but lately, it’s been so much more rewarding (healthier) cooking and eating at home! I love broccoli too. : )

    • Pamela

      I have to check out the cookbook, thanks for the tip! I love takeout Chinese but afterwards I always feel so guilty. I hope you try this dish and like it! :)

  27. Food to Fitness

    Looks great. Thanks for sharing.

    • Pamela


  28. Design Your Interiors

    Great pics and amazing recipe. Keep up the good work!

    • Pamela


  29. Nicole

    Can this be done with beef and broccoli too? Would you make any adjustments to the recipe if using beef?

    • Pamela

      Hey Nicole, I would try it the same way – let me know how it works out!

      • Nicole

        Forgot to write back until now cuz we just made it with chicken. Both were delish! The beef needed a little. More soy sauce. This time with chicken I decided to see what it was like without flour so to thicken I cooked some squash and mashed it into the sauce. It came out just as good. Also used honey and balsamic vinegar since I didn’t have rice vinegar or sugar. Have you ever made lo mein w/ soba noodles?

  30. Brandy Layton

    I was having a pregnancy craving for chicken and broccoli and did not want to order out for the sheer unknown methods most places use. I have to say this was amazing and now I have an easy recipe to add to my favorites. The best part; my children loved it too! Thanks!

    • Pamela

      Thanks for letting me know Brandy, and I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed it! It has definitely become a recipe favorite of mine! No more take-out! :)

  31. Dyani

    How about chicken and broccoli in white sauce. That’s my favorite ! Do have a recipe for that ?

    • Pamela

      Hey Dyani – stay tuned for this, it’s actually something I’m working on! :)

  32. Kits

    Looks awesome! Would I be able to omit the green peppers and peas?

    • Pamela

      Absolutely! Enjoy! :)

  33. Steph

    PAM! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPE! I just made it tonight with just sugar snap peas and sesame seeds! It is such a great recipe, look forward to trying out more recipes from your website!

    • Pamela

      Sounds like a delicious dinner Steph, glad you enjoyed it! :)

  34. Amy L

    I made this recipe last night for our family and THANK YOU for it. It was so delicious. The brown sauce was just perfect and my daughter couldn’t get enough. I’m looking forward to finding more recipes on your site!

    • Pamela

      Hi Amy, thanks for letting me know you tried and enjoyed it! It’s hands down one of my favorite recipes!

  35. Des

    Making this right now! Can’t wait to try it. Almost royally messed up bought rice vinegar by mistake! Had to remake the sauce hope it comes out okay with a dash of reg wine.

    • Pamela

      Enjoy Des, hope you enjoy it for dinner!

  36. coco

    I love this recipe. Can you substitute shrimp for chicken in this recipe?

    Thank You

    • Pamela

      I think that would work great and be very delicious!

  37. Hope

    OMG! This was awesome. I made it for the first time tonight. I could not find rice wine, so I substituted rice vinegar and added a tsp of honey. My family ate everything. This is great for us, my son has severe food allergies so ordering chinese happens very rarely. Everyone has demanded that this be added to meal rotation. Quick, simple, easy, delish!

    • Pamela

      Hi Hope, I’m so happy you guys enjoyed this and it was a family hit! Thanks for stopping in and letting me know! Enjoy!

  38. Mickey

    This is the best thing I’ve ever made. You’re awesome.

    • Pamela

      That makes me happy to hear Mickey!

  39. Jenn

    Totally amazing:))) I made this last week and it was a huge hit. I cant believe how fast and easy it was to make. Tonight I am trying it with beef. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

    • Pamela

      Happy to hear Jenn! I bet the beef version is going to be a hit too!

  40. Cori

    This recipe looks great. I’m curious about the baking soda in the marinade: what does it do/add?

    • Pamela

      It tenderizes the meat (basically denaturing the proteins) and helps form a little tasting coating when you cook the chicken. It’s a key ingredient in Chinese cooking. Enjoy!

  41. charlene taylor

    Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  42. Becks

    Thanks so much for this recipe! Just made it last night and it turned out so much better than I expected! So simple and delicious, and right on the mark of what you would order from Chinese take-out places, minus the MSG of course :) . I did add a few more garlic cloves and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes in the sauce since I usually like this dish to be extra garlic-y and spicy, and it came out superb. Thanks again!

    • Pamela

      So happy to hear you enjoyed Becks! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know!

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