Sweet and savory, this stir fry chicken with broccoli will satisfy whatever cravings you have for Chinese take-out!
Cooking for cravings
One of the most important aspects of weight loss is consistency in your diet. This doesn’t apply just to the periods during which you try to lose weight. Making your way of eating sustainable for yourself is the most important thing to keep weight off long-term.
There are several tricks I use to keep my way of eating sustainable. Top of the list: eat delicious foods that I feel like eating. This includes Chinese American take-out. But rather than buy it from a restaurant, where the chicken gets a thick carb coating and the sauce gets loaded with sugar, I make it myself.
Substituting take-out: taste, convenience, and cost
Switching out fast food for home-cooked meals can be a hard sell for three reasons.
- Taste: Most of the time, people are craving a particular taste. You’ll just have to try the recipe to be convinced that it replicates chicken and broccoli from a restaurant.
- Convenience: when people order take-out, they usually don’t have time to spend 1-2 hours prepping dinner, and additional time cleaning up. This meal comes together in 45 minutes (or less!) and uses only one pot.
- Cost: take-out feels cheaper than going to the grocery store. But most of the time, once you break down the ingredients required to make a dish, the home-cooked version is invariably cheaper. This dish comes out to less than $2 per serving.
Tamari sauce is a Japanese variation of the traditional Chinese soy sauce. In contrast to soy sauce, it is made only from fermented soy beans. It usually has a richer flavor and has a thicker consistency. It helps deliver a dense sauce, more similar in texture to the dishes from restaurants. It was easily available at my local grocery store.
To wok or not to wok?
There is some controversy about the use of a wok versus a frying pan when cooking stir-fry. At the end of a day, I used my largest skillet for this recipe. As always, I encourage you to use what you are most comfortable with.
Asian Chicken Stir Fry with Broccoli
- Place coconut oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Combine salt, pepper, and xantham gum in large bag and combine by shaking. Add the chicken to the bag and shake until the chicken is well-coated.
- Once the coconut oil is hot, place chicken in the skillet. Leave sizzling for 3 minutes or until slightly browned, then flip and brown opposite for about 3 minutes.
- While chicken browns, chop the broccoli into bite-sized chunks.
- Once the chicken is browned on both sides, add onion powder, garlic, tamari sauce, and swerve to the skillet and stir to combine.
- Toss broccoli into the skillet and coat with sauce. Continue to sauté on medium heat until the broccoli is tender to bite, around 15 minutes. Serve alone with sauce or over cauliflower rice.