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Quick Orange Chicken and Broccoli

Toss the takeout menus in favor of a 20-minute recipe for Quick Orange Chicken and Broccoli.

Quick Orange Chicken and Broccoli over white rice in bowl with chopsticks next to a sliced orange

Regardless of the fact that I’m currently 93 months pregnant with baby number 3 (!), I crave Chinese takeout all day, every day.

I love the salty, crunchy allure of perfectly fried egg rolls; the flavor burst of potstickers; the twirl-ability of the ultimate chicken lo mein; and most important on my list, any sort of sticky-sweet, garlicky soy sauce-coated chicken/beef/shrimp/pork and veggies piled high on a bed of rice.

Clear bowl containing stir fry sauce next to a sliced orange

That is where this insanely satisfying, better-than-takeout homemade version of Quick Chicken and Broccoli joins the party!

Imagine if beef and broccoli and orange chicken had a food baby. The result is juicy chicken thighs and crisp-tender broccoli florets tossed in the most flavor-packed orange chicken sauce made with just a few pantry ingredients.

Skillet with diced chicken thighs and broccoli florets

If you aren’t sold yet, I’ve got one last little sticky-sweet nugget to entice you…

This recipe is going to be on your table in 20 minutes. I repeat: 20 MINUTES!

Top down view of large skillet on stove with stir fry ingredients and sauce

Now all you have to do is decide if you’re going to serve it over plain rice, fried rice or even tucked inside lettuce wraps for an added refreshing crunch.

Bowl with chopsticks containing the best Quick Orange Chicken and Broccoli over white rice

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Quick Orange Chicken and Broccoli over white rice in bowl with chopsticks next to a sliced orange


Quick Orange Chicken and Broccoli

  • 2
    medium oranges
  • 1/2
    low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4
    packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4
    rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2
    crushed red chili flakes (optional)
  • 1
  • 2
    vegetable oil
  • 2
    boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 1
    minced garlic
  • 4
    broccoli florets (See Kelly’s Note)

Zest and juice the oranges. To a medium bowl, add 2 teaspoons orange zest and 1/2 cup orange juice.

To the bowl, add the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, crushed red chili flakes (optional) and cornstarch. Whisk together the sauce then set it aside.

Add the vegetable oil to a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.

Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes.

Add the broccoli and cook, stirring frequently, until the broccoli is tender, about 4 minutes. (If the broccoli has been blanched, reduce the cook time to 1 minute.)

Add the prepared sauce and bring it to a boil until it has thickened and is syrupy in consistency, about 5 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles.

Kelly’s Note:

As an optional additional step, and to ensure the broccoli maintains its bright green color, blanch it in boiling water for 15 seconds then thoroughly drain and dry it. 

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Nutrition Facts

Quick Orange Chicken and Broccoli

Amount Per Serving

Calories 475
Calories from Fat 153

% Daily Value*

Fat 17g26%

Saturated Fat 8g50%

Cholesterol 215mg72%

Sodium 1303mg57%

Potassium 1037mg30%

Carbohydrates 33g11%

Fiber 4g17%

Sugar 22g24%

Protein 49g98%

Vitamin A 843IU17%

Vitamin C 117mg142%

Calcium 110mg11%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.