Chicken, Broccoli, and Lemon Stir-Fry

chicken, broccoli, and lemon stir fry
Photo: Clive Streeter
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins

This lemon-flavored dish mixes perfectly with chicken and broccoli for a is simply delicious dish.


  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 ½ pounds broccoli, stems peeled and sliced ¼ inch thick, florets separated

  • 1 small lemon, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise, seeds removed

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds


  1. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk together soy sauce, 3 tablespoons water, vinegar, honey, garlic, and crushed red pepper. Pour half of the mixture into another bowl; reserve. Place chicken in remaining mixture; let marinate 15 minutes.

  2. In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon oil over high heat. Add half the chicken; cook, tossing often, until brown and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Repeat with another 1/2 tablespoon oil and remaining chicken. Wipe skillet with a paper towel.

  3. Heat remaining tablespoon oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook broccoli and lemon, tossing often, until broccoli is bright green, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water; cook until broccoli is tender and lemon is translucent, about 6 minutes.

  4. Add reserved marinade, cornstarch mixture, chicken, and any accumulated juices from plate. Bring to a boil; cook, stirring until thickened, 1 minute. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Cook's Notes

This dish uses a whole lemon, including the rind, which softens during cooking. Be sure to scrub the rind thoroughly before cutting the lemon into thin slices.

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