Healthy Ginger Chicken Broccoli is a low calorie meal that is easy, filling, delicious and made gluten free! Serve with rice or cauliflower rice for a Paleo option! Low Calorie + Gluten Free
This healthy ginger chicken broccoli is one of my favorite quick and easy weeknight dinners. It's lighter and lower in calories while still being delicious and filling! Plus, it's much better than takeout and gluten free too!
My clients are always looking for easy, throw together meals and this is one of many of mine! I'm all about healthy, but also making it practical for real life. This is a practical recipe your family is sure to enjoy!
Is Ginger Chicken Broccoli Healthy?
- Lower Salt - Takeout stir fry or store bought is typically loaded with salt. This recipe uses coconut aminos making it gluten friendly, but also lower in salt than soy sauce.
- Veggie Loaded - This recipe is packed with broccoli and also has ginger and garlic. You could add whatever veggies you have - mushrooms, cabbage, carrots - pretty much anything you want!
- Higher Protein - This ginger chicken broccoli is made with ButcherBox organic chicken breasts that are low in fat and higher in lean protein.
- Lower Calorie - Most stir fry recipes have a ton of oil added to them and use higher fat proteins. This increases the calories to 600-800 calories. This recipe is only 231 calories per serving (without the rice).
- Healthy Carbs - I used brown rice to add complex carbohydrates to this dish. The brown rice will help you stay fuller longer!
- Gluten Free - All ingredients as listed in the recipe card are gluten friendly.
Ingredients for Ginger Chicken Broccoli
Here's what you need to make healthy ginger chicken broccoli gluten free! You will also need a large mixing bowl and large skillet or wok to cook the recipe in. For substitutions, see the substitution section below.
- Chicken Breast (I got mine from ButcherBox)
- Avocado Oil
- Garlic Cloves
- Fresh Ginger
- Coconut Aminos
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Ginger Powder
- Arrowroot Powder
- Green Onions
How To Make Low Calorie Ginger Chicken Broccoli in a Skillet
The best part of this homemade ginger chicken broccoli stir fry is it's EASY! The entire recipe comes together in less than 20-30 minutes. It's balanced in nutrition, tastes amazing and is filling!
Step One - Blanch the broccoli in the microwave in a large bowl for 2-minutes. Stir then heat again until the florets are slightly tender.
Step Two - Mix together the ingredients for the stir fry sauce then set aside.
Step Three - Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat with the oil. Once hot, add the chicken with salt and pepper then cook and flip until browned through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside on a plate.
Step Four - Reduce the heat to medium then add the white part of the scallions, add the garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant. Add the broccoli and cooked chicken with the sauce to the pan. The sauce will thicken quickly so you only need to cook long enough to combine the flavors and heat.
Step Five - Reduce the heat then serve over cooked rice or cauliflower rice. Garnish with the green part of the scallions sliced.
Storing And Freezing Ginger Chicken Broccoli
- To Store: Keep the cooked ginger chicken broccoli separate in a separate container from the rice or cauliflower rice. It will keep up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
- To Freeze: This healthy ginger chicken broccoli stir fry freezes up to 3 months. Place the cooked recipe or uncooked ingredients in a freezer safe container or in a large plastic bag with the sauce. When ready to make, defrost overnight in the refrigerator then cook according to the instructions if the ingredients were uncooked. If the recipe was frozen cooked, reheat on medium heat in a skillet on the stove or reheat in the microwave.
Ginger Chicken Broccoli Recipe Variations
Here are substitutions you can make to customize your gluten free ginger chicken broccoli stir fry recipe. Remember when you make substitutions, it does change the nutritional values from what you see in the recipe card at the end of this blog post.
- Chicken - Any protein can be substituted in this recipe. Beef, turkey, shrimp, scallops, cod, tofu, tempeh would all be great substitutes in place of chicken.
- Broccoli - Cauliflower could easily be substituted for the broccoli.
- Coconut Aminos - Gluten free soy sauce or regular, low sodium soy sauce can be used instead.
- Arrowroot Powder - Tapioca powder or cornstarch can be substituted.
- Avocado Oil - Olive oil can be used instead.
- Vegetarian - Substitute tofu or tempeh for the chicken.
- Gluten Free - All ingredients are gluten free if you follow the recipe. If you do not need to be gluten free, you can use regular soy sauce. I recommend low sodium.
- Paleo - The recipe as written is Paleo friendly. Just make sure you use cauliflower rice or another Paleo friendly "rice."
More Delicious Stir Fry Recipes To Try
- Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry
- Soy Free Stir Fry Sauce
- Spicy Shrimp Sausage Stir Fry
- Clean Out The Fridge Stir Fry
Healthy Ginger Chicken Broccoli
- First, blanch the broccoli florets in the microwave, place them in a large microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir and heat again for another minute or until they are slightly tender.
- Mix together the sauce by combining the arrowroot powder, coconut aminos and Sriracha in a small bowl then set aside.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium high heat and add the oil. Once hot, add the chopped chicken with salt and pepper in a single layer. Sear for about 3 minutes, flip, and cook another 2 minutes or so or until cooked through. Remove to a plate and set aside.
- Keep the pan juices and oil in the skillet and lower the heat to medium. Add the white part of the scallions, garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant. Add the broccoli and chicken to the skillet, then the sauce and stir to coat well. The sauce should thicken right away so only cook long enough to combine flavors and heat through.
- Remove from heat and serve hot over cauliflower rice or regular rice and garnish with the green part of the scallions. Enjoy!