Skinny 15-Minute Sesame Chicken and Broccoli

Skinny 15-Minute Sesame Chicken and Broccoli – Skip takeout and make this Asian favorite at home in just minutes!! So EASY and HEALTHIER than what you’d get in a restaurant but tastes just as AWESOME!!

Skinny 15-Minute Sesame Chicken and Broccoli - Skip takeout and make this Asian favorite at home in just minutes!! So EASY and HEALTHIER than what you’d get in a restaurant but tastes just as AWESOME!!

During this time of year when most people seem to be extra cautious about their diets, this is a family and figure-friendly recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights.

So the next time you’re a chicken and broccoli stir fry from your local Asian restaurant, forget about the restaurant (calories and fat), and make this skinny version yourself in 15 minutes.

Fast, Easy, Healthier

During this time of year when most people seem to be extra cautious about their diets and are trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions, this is a family and figure-friendly recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights.

It’s so easy, ready in a flash, and tastes every bit as good as from a restaurant. But being that you’re making it at home, you’re in charge of the ingredients and the process. No unnecessary oils or calorie-laded sugary sauces.

Simple sauté the chicken, make a sauce, add the broccoli to the pan with the chicken, pour the sauce over everything, cover to steam momentarily, and serve. Easy peasy.

Skinny 15-Minute Sesame Chicken and Broccoli - Skip takeout and make this Asian favorite at home in just minutes!! So EASY and HEALTHIER than what you’d get in a restaurant but tastes just as AWESOME!!

How Does The Sesame Chicken and Broccoli Taste

The chicken is tender, juicy, and the sauce coats every piece of chicken and seeps into the nooks and crannies of the crisp-tender broccoli.

Broccoli was made for soaking up sauce and I recommend not overcooking it. Mushy broccoli is just not appetizing and keep in mind that the broccoli will continue to soften as it sits in the sauce, even off the heat.

The dish has so much savory unami flavor from the soy and hoisin sauces while the chili garlic sauce adds a bit of heat and some garlic flavor. If you’ve never used chili garlic sauce and are sensitive to heat, you may want to start with one tablespoon and you can always add more later if you want to amp up the heat level.

Serve it with rice and if you’re feeling like going that route although in an effort to keep carbs down, we ate it just like this.

Skinny 15-Minute Sesame Chicken and Broccoli - Skip takeout and make this Asian favorite at home in just minutes!! So EASY and HEALTHIER than what you’d get in a restaurant but tastes just as AWESOME!!

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Skinny 15-Minute Sesame Chicken and Broccoli

Skinny 15-Minute Sesame Chicken and Broccoli – Skip takeout and make this Asian favorite at home in just minutes!! So EASY and HEALTHIER than what you’d get in a restaurant but tastes just as AWESOME!!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cold water
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • salt and pepper, optional and to taste
  • sesame seeds, for garnishing

Directions:

  1. To a large skillet, add the oils, chicken, and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is nearly cooked through; stir and flip intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  2. While chicken cooks, to a small bowl, add the cornstarch, water, and stir to dissolve; set slurry aside.
  3. To a separate medium saucepan add the brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, chili garlic sauce, ginger, stir to combine, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Allow mixture to bubble gently for 1 minute.
  4. 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.
  5. Push the chicken to one side of the skillet, add the broccoli to the other side, evenly pour the sauce over the chicken and broccoli, and gently stir to combine and coat evenly.
  6. Cover skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, or until broccoli is as crisp-tender as desired.
  7. Optionally add salt and pepper, evenly sprinkle with the sesame seeds, and serve immediately. Recipe is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months
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35 comments on “Skinny 15-Minute Sesame Chicken and Broccoli”

  1. I love your stir frys–can’t wait to try this one later in the week! I always appreciate these kinds of quick-to -prepare recipes!

  2. Could you please check your calculation for the calories. I’d like to try this recipe, but I think the nutrition counts are off.

  3. I’m not familiar with chili garlic sauce. If I wanted to make it as least spicy as possible since my 1 and 2 year olds will be eating some too, will it taste ok if I omit it altogether?

  4. Yum! I’m going to give this a go, but use the broccoli stalks as well (peeled and cut into coins). I’ve got broccoli floret haters but they don’t mind the stalks. Who knew there was a difference?! Lol. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I agree! This was easy, quick and lighter in calories. This was truly tasty! We loved the sauce and served it with zoodles to keep carbs and calories to a minimum. One thing I question though is the nutritional information. While it is low in calories, I believe with 2 T. of oils, there has to be some fat and surely each serving is more than 79 calories. Please let us know if the nutritional info needs updating. Thanks for a super recipe!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you enjoyed it a lot!

      It’s an automated nutrition program and not always perfect. You are welcome to add up each ingredient by hand after looking up the stats and values, tallying, and then dividing by the servings.

  6. Where do you add the hoisin sauce? I assume in Step 3?

  7. Super recipe–delicious and very quick!! We loved it!!

    Rating: 5
  8. Made this tonight and it got rave reviews! It looked just like the picture too! heehee. I bought hoisin sauce for the first time in my life! I hope I can use it again sometime.

    Rating: 5
  9. I will never order out after making your Skinny Sesame Chicken and Broccoli, Averie. This was phenomenal. My husband would have never ordered this out and he had seconds. Thank you and please keep up the good work.

    Rating: 5
  10. What is the serving size?

  11. This is amazing! So happy to have found a recipe that taste as good as it looks!:)

    Rating: 5
  12. Delicious! I’ve made this recipe several times and shared with friends.

    Rating: 5
  13. I was wondering what the serving size was? I couldn’t find it, but was planning on cooking it for 6-7 people.

  14. Yum! Quick and easy! Definitely going to be a repeat!

    Rating: 5
  15. My whole family loved this! Delicious!

    Rating: 5
  16. Could I sub arrowroot/tapioca starch for the corn starch? If so, would it be in an equal ratio?

  17. Frozen broccoli or steam it first??

  18. So.. I didn’t have chili garlic or hoisin sauce. But I used 1tsp of minced garlic, and 2Tbs of honey bbq sauce to sub and this recipe was friggin delish!!! I love Chinese food, it’s a problem, I wanted to experiment healthier options and I’m so glad I tried yours first! I was amazed at this sauce 🤤🤤🤤

    Rating: 5

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