Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry Can Be A Low Carb Diet Or A Delicious One-Pot Family Meal

Chicken stir-fry recipe is a great restaurant remake.  Doing a “take-out” at home is super easy.



Chicken stir-fry recipe with a lot of vegetables is perfect for a low carb diet.  It is also great to serve as a one-pot family meal with rice.  YUMMY!


Total Time:
30 Minutes
Prep Time
: 10 Minutes  

Active Cook Time: 20 Minutes  
Serving: 3-4



For a Chinese, born and raised with traditional Chinese food and culture, this may sound like an everyday dish.  But when I made this chicken stir-fry recipe together with my 10-year-old during the pandemic and submitted as one of his art projects, it meant so much to me. 

My son has different heritages.  Born and raised in America, he is more exposed to the American culture than the other side of his root.  This is one of the great ways for him to learn about it.

At the time when I was guiding my son how to cook this dish, I was walking down the memory lanes at the same time.  All the memories of how my mom taught me to make my first dish came back.  That dish was brought back to school the next day. 

Walking down the memory lane while making memories was surely the best part.  Not only I had all these great memories with my mom, but also my son had the opportunity to learn something more about his grandmother.

Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - My son made this together with me and submitted it as one of his art projects.My son made this Chinese recipe together with me and submitted it as one of his art projects.


CHEF NOTES

I played with this recipe many ways and it is super flexible.  Here are all the tips for you.  Please feel free to pick and choose one, combine a couple tips together or use all to make this chicken stir-fry recipe works for you and your family.  If you have some great tips, please share with us.

Marinate the chicken and freeze it until you want to cook it.  If you choose this step, here are the basic seasonings you want to add.  They are salt, white pepper, garlic powder, ground ginger and light soy sauce.  After the chicken is well coated with seasoning, transfer to a ziplock bag.  Squeeze out as much air as you can before completely sealing the bag and store it in the freezer.  It is good for at least 2 weeks.

Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Marinated and frozen chicken in a ziplock bag which got almost all air squeezed out to avoid freezer burn.Marinated and frozen chicken in a ziplock bag which got almost all air squeezed out to avoid freezer burn.

When you are ready for serving, of course, thaw the chicken.  At this point, if you want to have different flavor, add the additional seasonings, such as Sichuan pepper, corn starch and flour.  Follow the rest of this chicken stir-fry recipe to complete the dish.

If you choose to freeze the marinated chicken, try to do it as soon as you purchased it back home.  

All in all, marinating and freezing the chicken gives you a lot of flexibility to switch up the flavor of the chicken with your mood.

Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Thaw the marinated chicken and without adding more seasonings and flour, you can go ahead and start cooking.  It's that simple.Thaw the marinated chicken and without adding more seasonings and flour, you can go ahead and start cooking. It's that simple.

This is a low carb meal.  You can totally skip all the flour and corn starch.  These 2 ingredients make the coating crispy.  If you are fine with your chicken without that crunchy coating, skip those 2 ingredients which will cut down the carbs significantly.

For your family, serve this along with steamed white rice.  That will take care of the carbs for them and boost up the volume of this easy dinner.  And you still can feel great with a low carb meal.

If you decide to serve with steamed white rice, prepare it first.  So, it will be working for you while you are cooking this chicken stir-fry recipe.

Chicken stir-fry recipe is a great restaurant remake.  Doing a “take-out” at home is super easy.


Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe and Instructions

Ingredients
3 (8oz each) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (cut into bite size)
2 lbs Frozen Stir-Fry Blend Vegetable Mix (There are many different blends of vegetable mix.  I personally prefer the one with broccoli, water chestnuts, carrots and snap peas.  Another great alternative is the pepper and onion stir-fry mix.)
3 tbsp Exra Virgin Olive Oil

Marinade
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp White Pepper
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
1/4-1/2 tsp Ground Sichuan pepper
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2tsp Ginger Powder
2 tsp Light Soy Sauce
1/8 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp Corn Starch

Sauce
2 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 tbsp Corn Starch
2 tsp Water
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Whisk to combine all marinade seasonings together in a small bowl, except the last 3 on the list.  Toss to coat chicken.  (At this point, you can transfer chicken into a ziplock bag and squeeze out all the air and store in the freezer.  Otherwise, continue with the next step.)
  2. Add extra virgin olive oil and toss to coat.
  3. Add flour and corn starch and mix everything together.
  4. Heat a big deep skillet at high heat with about 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.  Just enough to cover the bottom of the skillet.
  5. Add chicken into the pan and single layer.  Do not touch anything for the next 3-5 minutes.
  6. When you see the edge of the chicken starts to turn golden, turn it over and lower to medium high heat.  Cook another 3 minutes.
  7. Stir it around this time and try your best to have the uncooked side of the chicken facing down.  Cook another 2-3 minutes.  Repeat this step until chicken is thoroughly cooked through.
  8. Transfer chicken to a plate and put it aside for now.
  9. In the same skillet, turn back to high heat and add all frozen vegetables.  Cover with lid. 
  10. Once there is steam on the lid, stir vegetables around.  Let vegetables cook for another 3-5 minutes until warm through.  Stir regularly.
  11. Add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to taste the vegetables.
  12. Combine 1 tbsp corn starch and 2 tsp water in a small bowl and stir to make slurry. 
  13. When the liquid at the bottom of the skillet is bubbling, stir in slurry to make the sauce thick.
  14. Stir in chicken and serve immediately.  Enjoy with white rice!


Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe Steps with Photos

Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - All the spices you need for the chicken marinade.All the spices you need for the chicken marinade.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Combine seasoning in a bowl.Combine seasoning in a bowl.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Stir in soy sauce and extra virgin olive oil.Stir in soy sauce and extra virgin olive oil.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Marinade should look like thick paste.Marinade should look like thick paste.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Cut chicken into bite size.Cut chicken into bite size.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Add marinade into chicken.Add marinade into chicken.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Toss to coat.Toss to coat.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Add flour and corn starch.Add flour and corn starch.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Toss to coat chicken with coating mixture.Toss to coat chicken with coating mixture.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Single layer chicken in a big deep skillet.Single layer chicken in a big deep skillet.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Cook chicken until all sides are golden brown.Cook chicken until all sides are golden brown.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Transfer chicken to a plate and put it aside.Transfer chicken to a plate and put it aside.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Add frozen stir-fried vegetables into the same skillet.Add frozen stir-fried vegetables into the same skillet.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - When vegetables are warm through, add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to taste.When vegetables are warm through, add oyster sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Stir in corn starch slurry to thicken the sauce.Stir in corn starch slurry to thicken the sauce.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Stir in chicken.Stir in chicken.
Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe | Chinese Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry - Serve it along with steamed white rice and ENJOY!Serve stir-fry along with steamed white rice and ENJOY!


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