Stir-Fried Chicken With Broccoli



  1. Trim the broccoli and cut it into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
  2. Make sure the garlic, ginger, and onion are ready in advance, as well as the liquid.
  3. Blot the chicken dry with paper towels and cut it into bite-sized chunks roughly the same size.
  4. Put 2 tablespoons of the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. When hot, add the chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and stir it once, then let it sit until it starts to sizzle and brown before stirring again, at least 1 minute.
  6. Scatter the garlic, ginger, and onion on top.
  7. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken has lost its pink color and the vegetables are soft, 3 to 5 minutes.
  8. Remove everything from the pan.
  9. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan, swirl it, then add the broccoli right away and raise the heat to high.
  10. Cook, stirring frequently, until the broccoli starts to char in some spots and turns bright green, 1 or 2 minutes.
  11. Add 1/4 cup of the water scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  12. Broccoli should be just tender but not at all mushy.
  13. If not, keep cooking for another minute or two.
  14. Return the chicken mixture to the pan and toss once or twice.
  15. Add the sugar, the soy sauce, and the remaining 1/4 cup water if the mixture looks dry; toss again.
  16. Taste and adjust the seasoning and serve.