We’re big fans of the Chinese takeaway, so we’re always looking for slimming friendly alternatives. Enter Chinese Chicken and Broccoli!
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
This Chinese Chicken and Broccoli tastes just like something you’d get from the Chinese.
In fact, it’s pretty close to how the Chinese takeaway will make it – only minus the oil, sugar, and sesame oil.
If you are a fan of Chinese takeaway inspired meals, you may also enjoy these Asian inspired recipes;
- Chicken Satay Curry
- Salt and Pepper Chicken
- Fakeaway Fried Rice
- Chicken Chow Mein
- Stir-fried Beef with Ginger and Spring Onion
How many Calories is Chinese Chicken and Broccoli?
Each serving of this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli is only 212 calories! This is really low for something that tastes like it came from the takeaway, and all the veg makes it really filling.
This means it falls into our Everyday Light recipe category. You can find all of our other Everyday Light recipes here.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli suitable for?
This Chinese Chicken and Broccoli recipe can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Soy Sauce
- Oyster Sauce
You could also enjoy this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli?
There are just 2 Weight Watchers points in this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli, leaving you plenty spare to enjoy some rice or noodles as a side dish!
How to Make Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
Making this dish is super easy! Here’s a summary;
- Heat up a wok and add the diced chicken, season and cook until browned, remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add the onions, garlic, ginger and mushrooms.
- Stir and cook until they are browned and starting to soften, then add the carrots, spring onions and broccoli stalks.
- Return the chicken to the pan and stir in the Soy Sauce, oyster sauce and rice vinegar.
- Pour in the stock, add the stock pot, stir well and allow to simmer on a high heat until the sauce thickens.
- Check the chicken is cooked. Serve with an accompaniment from below.
What should you should serve with Chinese Chicken and Broccoli?
Any of the following go really well with Chinese Chicken and Broccoli.. It can of course be enjoyed on its own too!
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Chinese Chicken and Broccoli?
When you’re cooking with Soy Sauce it’s important to use a good quality one. If you don’t you may find that the finished dish tastes very salty, without much flavour.
When you use a really good quality soy sauce, you’ll get this amazing sheen and such a nice depth of flavour.
We’ve used Lee Kum Kee Premium Dark Soy Sauce. You can of course use any brand, but be sure to use Dark not Light.
Light Soy Sauce is usually used to season and alter the flavour of dishes, whilst Dark Soy Sauce is used to add flavour, seasoning and colour.
Lee Kum Kee Premium Dark Soy Sauce has a thicker texture and deeper colour than other brands resulting in a dark, glossy finish to dishes.
Which is exactly what we’re looking for in this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli.
If you fancy trying it out you can pick some up from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons and you can follow them over on Instagram!
Broccoli is also a key ingredient in this dish. You can use either Tenderstem broccoli or a large head of broccoli for this recipe, but whichever you decide to use don’t throw away the stalks. Slice them up and add them to the dish!
How long can you keep Chinese Chicken and Broccoli in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Chinese Chicken and Broccoli in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Chinese Chicken and Broccoli?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Chinese Chicken and Broccoli?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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We are super excited to have released a 6 month food planner that works perfectly alongside our recipe book.
Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!