15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

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15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli – HEALTHIER sesame chicken that isn’t breaded or fried!! You won’t miss the fat or calories in this FAST and EASY version that’s loaded with Asian-inspired flavors! You can happily skip takeout now!!

15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli - HEALTHIER sesame chicken that isn't breaded or fried!! You won't miss the fat or calories in this FAST and EASY version that's loaded with Asian-inspired flavors! You can happily skip takeout now!!

Rather than calling for takeout, make this flavorful and much healthier sesame chicken at home in 15 minutes. That’s a huge dinnertime win on busy weeknights.

You probably have almost all of the ingredients on hand, too. Double win.

Chicken and broccoli simmer in a sauce bursting with Asian flavors including honey, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger. The chicken stays tender, juicy, and moist.

15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli - HEALTHIER sesame chicken that isn't breaded or fried!! You won't miss the fat or calories in this FAST and EASY version that's loaded with Asian-inspired flavors! You can happily skip takeout now!!

Crisp-tender broccoli florets are the perfect little sponges to soak in all that delish sauce.

This dish is great with rice served alongside and any extra sauce is perfect for spooning over rice.

This recipe makes great planned leftovers. I made it with that intention on a Monday so that I had school lunches for my daughter for the rest week. Meal prepping makes my life so much easier since all I have to do is grab a plastic container and toss it in her lunchbox. Or on nights where sports practice is running late, I can zap one of these in the microwave when she gets home.

15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli - HEALTHIER sesame chicken that isn't breaded or fried!! You won't miss the fat or calories in this FAST and EASY version that's loaded with Asian-inspired flavors! You can happily skip takeout now!!

15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli - HEALTHIER sesame chicken that isn't breaded or fried!! You won't miss the fat or calories in this FAST and EASY version that's loaded with Asian-inspired flavors! You can happily skip takeout now!!

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Yield: serves 4

15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli

15-Minute Skillet Sesame Chicken with Broccoli - HEALTHIER sesame chicken that isn't breaded or fried!! You won't miss the fat or calories in this FAST and EASY version that's loaded with Asian-inspired flavors! You can happily skip takeout now!!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 to 5 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1.25 to 1.50 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
  • about 4 to 5 cups broccoli florets, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
  • sesame seeds, to taste for garnishing

Instructions

  1. To a small bowl, add the cornstarch, water, and stir to dissolve; set slurry aside.
  2. To a medium saucepan, add the honey, soy sauce, ketchup, vinegar, garlic, ginger, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  3. After the mixture is boiling, add the cornstarch slurry, whisk to combine, and allow the sauce to boil and thicken for 2 to 3 minutes; whisking nearly constantly. After sauce is as thick as desired, remove from the heat and set aside.
  4. To a large skillet, add the oils, chicken, season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through; stir and flip intermittently so the chicken cooks evenly.
  5. Push chicken to one side of the skillet and add the broccoli to the other side (it looks like a ton but it shrinks in volume by nearly half), pour the sauce mostly over the chicken and add a few tablespoons over the broccoli, cover skillet, turn the heat to medium-low, and allow the broccoli to steam for 3 to 5 minutes, or until as crisp-tender as desired.
  6. Uncover skillet, and if desired, simmer uncovered for another 1 to 3 minutes, to reduce some of the sauce volume. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve immediately. Recipe is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 884Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 2118mgCarbohydrates: 101gFiber: 27gSugar: 49gProtein: 75g

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Comments

  1. Hi Averie, I tried this recipe today. The kids and I loved it!! Hard to find open take-outs, during this Corona Virus. Thank you for posting, defintely tastes so much better than take-out. Absolutely delicious.

    Rating: 5
  2. Just made this tonight and we devoured it! Instead of regular brown sugar, I used Swerve ( a brown sugar alternative) to save calories and it turned out great! Served over riced cauliflower made it even more filling and healthier. A definite make-again meal…thank you!

    Rating: 5
  3. Hi, Averie! Just made this for dinner tonight (like, I am currently eating it) and it’s SO GREAT! I used tofu instead of chicken because I’m vegetarian, and used maple syrup instead of honey because I was all out of honey. Also, I served mine over brown rice and I’m loving it so much! Can’t wait to make it again!! Thanks!!

    1. I love the idea of tofu! I actually loooovvve tofu (and tempeh). Sounds great and I am glad you are loving it, literally right now!

  4. Love your Asian-inspired meals. Yum. I’ll have to come up with something other than broccoli, though–all of us like it except my son.

  5. The sauce kind of reminds me of teriyaki–and it looks delicious!! I always love getting dinner ideas early in the week–I love planning ahead and having great meals to look forward to!

    1. It’s definitely got a teriyaki-ish vibe and I am with you on getting a jump on dinner ideas/meal prep for the week! On Sunday night that’s generally what I try to do, or at least start on :)