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Garlicky chicken and broccoli

Total Time
1 hr 20 min
30 min
20 min
Ever wonder the secret to really tender chicken stir-fry? A simple egg white-cornstarch marinade and easy poaching technique, gives juicy results every time. To slice the raw chicken more easily, purchase thin cutlets and/or freeze the chicken before slicing it. We suggest using a wok to create the stir-fry because you can use the sides of the pan as a cooking surface. Make sure you cook the chicken into same-size pieces so that it will cook evenly and quickly. Make sure you cut the chicken and have it ready to stir-fry once the pan is hot enough.


Egg whites

1 large

Rice cooking wine

2 Tbsp, or sherry wine


3 Tbsp, divided

Kosher salt

2 tsp

Uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

1 pound(s), use thin cutlets, thinly sliced

Less sodium soy sauce

3 Tbsp


2 Tbsp

Dark brown sugar

4 tsp

Chili sauce

2 tsp, such as sambal oelek (or to taste)

Sesame oil

2 tsp

Jarred minced garlic

1 Tbsp

Fresh ginger

1 Tbsp, fresh, minced


5 cup(s), chopped, cut into bite-size pieces

Reduced sodium chicken broth

1 cup(s)


4 medium, thinly sliced


  1. In a glass dish, whisk together egg white, rice wine, 3 tablespoons cornstarch and salt; add chicken and toss to coat. Cover dish and marinate chicken for 30 minutes (or overnight).
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, chili sauce and remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch; set aside.
  3. When ready to cook, bring a large pot of water to a boil; remove chicken from marinade and add to pot (discard marinade). Poach until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes; drain well and set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet (or wok) over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add broccoli and toss to coat. Pour broth over broccoli and increase heat to medium-high; cover skillet and cook until broccoli is crisp tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and reserved sauce; reduce heat to low and simmer until thick, about 3 minutes. Garnish with scallions and serve. Yields about 1 cup per serving.