Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

We’re big fans of the Chinese takeaway, so we’re always looking for slimming friendly alternatives. Enter Chinese Chicken and Broccoli!

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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;

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.

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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
  • Stock

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.

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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.

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  • Add the onions, garlic, ginger and mushrooms.

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  • 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.

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  • Pour in the stock, add the stock pot, stir well and allow to simmer on a high heat until the sauce thickens.

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  • Check the chicken is cooked. Serve with an accompaniment from below.

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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.

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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.

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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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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Heat up a wok or decent sized frying pan, and spray with low calorie cooking spray
  2. Add the diced chicken, season and cook until browned, remove from the pan and set aside
  3. Spray with a bit more low calorie cooking spray, then add the onions, garlic, ginger and mushrooms
  4. Stir and cook until they are browned and starting to soften
  5. Add the carrots, spring onions and broccoli stalks
  6. Return the chicken to the panned stir in the Dark Soy Sauce, oyster sauce and rice vinegar
  7. Pour in the stock, stir well and allow to simmer on a high heat, stirring occasionally until the sauce reduces and thickens slightly
  8. Check the chicken is cooked. Serve with an accompaniment of your choice!

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RECIPE NOTES

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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.
- Defrost thoroughly before reheating (you can use the defrost setting on your microwave.)
- Make sure it is piping hot all the way through before serving.

If making this recipe Gluten Free please make sure to check the ingredients that you’re using

Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.

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31 Comments
  1. Absolutely amazing recipe! My husband has made me make it twice in one week as his favourite take away food is Chinese and he says this is better than a take away! I didn’t have oyster sauce so left it out but I did go and buy the recommended soy sauce and they’re spot on, it makes such a difference to using overly salty cheaper brands!

  2. Great recipe! Are you sure it’s gluten free? I though oyster sauce wasn’t ? I made this the other day but left out the oyster sauce. Do you know for sure? Thank you!

  3. Hi just to let you know Soy sauce is not gluten free. But you can get a gluten free alternative. Just wouldn’t want anyone to

  4. Hi there, I have just made this recipe for myself and my husband & it was absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for this lovely recipe. I am going to try the Balti Chicken next time.

  5. Quick question..for the stock is it a stock cube and “what’s a stock pot”? Is that one of those jellified stock pots and you use this as well as a stock cube? Xx

  6. Made this last night……………BINGO BANGO!! Talk about fakeaways this is absolutely slendid and tremendous!! It was so good I cracked open the bubbly and had a nice big glass of sparkling water!! Happy days!

  7. Hi ladies 🙂 I am using white wine vinegar in this recipe when I attempt it for the first time this weekend, so how much sweetener would I add please? I know it says a little but don’t know how little that generally would be, a,teaspoon maybe? By the way, my daughters & I all adore the Diet Coke Chicken recipe 🐓

  8. Hi could you tell me what else I can use other than Oyster sauce when making Chinese Chicken with Broccoli and is it ok to use Amoy Soy Sauce? Thank you …. Bridget 😉

  9. Hi
    Going to make this tonight, looks gorgeous!
    Just checking where the spring onions are added? Is it with the normal onions?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Deidre,

      We’ve not made it in the slow cooker. By stir frying quickly, you keep the chicken nice and juicy, and the veg crisp and fresh 😊

  10. I’m just prepping this now for our tea, can’t wait to try it! So far the hunters chicken, Pepsi chicken and the Cuban beef have been massive hits! Loving my book as well as the website! Keep up the good work girls!!!! Nom nom nom!

    1. Hi Laura,

      It can take varying times depending on the water content of your vegetables and chicken. Keep it on a really high heat and the sauce should start to reduce 😊

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