Craving Chinese takeout? You might just be better off making it yourself. A stir fry recipe is one of the easiest things you can ever make and is one of my families favorites. And it’s likely you’ve got what you need in your kitchen to make it ready to go. Even the kids don’t fuss over this dish, eating up every last bit. Make some steamed white rice with it and it’s the perfect wholesome meal with all the goodies and none of the bad stuff!
Best Stir Fry Recipe
Stir fry is colorful and visually appealing while brimming with a bounty of fresh ingredients. Believe it or not, it’s ready from start to finish faster than any takeout place can deliver to your door!
Ingredients in Stir Fry
- Chicken – the perfect stir fry protein (though you can omit it or sub in something else like shrimp, beef, or even tofu!).
- Fresh veggies – this chicken stir fry recipe makes use of plenty of fresh veggies including broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers, carrots, and sugar snap peas (or snow peas). I also love adding mushrooms and green onions to stir fry.
- Sauce – that signature stir fry sauce is a combination of chicken broth, soy sauce (regular or low-sodium), oyster sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. You can be creative here to add sauces that are more sweet or spicy. Honey is a great addition for sweetness!
- Red pepper flakes – gives it a slight kick (and more or less to adjust to your level of spice).
Easy Stir Fry Recipe
Yes, there are a number of ingredients in this list, but this easy stir fry recipe assures you have restaurant-quality stir fry in 20 minutes right onto your table. Make it yourself faster than you can run out to pick up your order or have it delivered.
Stir frys are a great way to introduce a vegetables to kids because they have so many bright shapes and colors.
How do you Make Stir Fry from Scratch?
Even if you’ve never attempted stir fry before, it’s so easy. In college, my roommate and I used the stuff in the bag. Yuck! I can’t believe we ate that junk! All you do is make the sauce, cook the chicken, set it aside and cook the veggies, and then combine it all together. It’s best over steamed white rice so make your stove top rice or use a rice cooker while you’re getting the stir fry going to have it all finish at the same time.
Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Stir Fry Every Time
- Make sure your wok is super-hot. This is the secret to the most delicious stir fry and why it cooks so quickly.
- Cook the meat in batches. Depending on the size of your wok, you may need to cook the chicken in batches to assure it gets the right attention.
- Yes, you can use a skillet for stir fry. Just make sure it’s deep enough!
- Don’t throw your meat in there ice cold. If you let it sit out during the prep time, that should be long enough to get the chill out of it so it cooks to perfection.
How to Cook Stir Fry
Cooking stir fry requires either a wok or a deep skillet. While a wok is the best way, a skillet can work just as well to cook your chicken and vegetables to stir fry perfection!
How do you make a good stir fry?
Good stir fry depends on the ingredients you use. Fresh veggies and chicken are great options to get the best taste.
Can you make stir fry in a frying pan?
Yes. While a wok is the traditional way, a frying pan can be used to make stir fry.
What oil should you use for stir fry?
Vegetable oil is the best oil when it comes to making stir fry.
What do you put in stir fry?
This recipe calls for chicken breast to be used with an array of veggies. You can swap out the chicken for another protein or make it simply a veggie stir fry.
What vegetables to cook first in a stir fry?
Typically, veggies can go into the wok or pan after cooking the meat as the protein typically takes longer to cook. It won’t take long for vegetables to become fork-tender.
Can you stir fry raw chicken and vegetables together?
No, it is not recommended. Chicken needs to cook to the proper temperature. As it does, your veggies will become too soggy.
How do you stir fry vegetables without getting soggy?
Cook the chicken first, remove it, then cook the veggies and add the chicken and sauce. This prevents sogginess.
What can I add to stir fry for flavor?
Stir fry needs the right level of seasoning. Adding a good blend of seasonings or sauces will add great flavor to your stir fry recipe.
What to Serve with Stir Fry
I always serve my stir fry with rice. We love how the sauce tastes all soaked into it. You can keep the sides Asian in style with dumplings or eggrolls, or even add an Asian salad with ginger dressing to boost your veggie intake. Not a fan of rice? You can also add it atop noodles to make a noodle bowl.
How to Store Stir Fry
Should any remain after your stir fry dinner, make sure you pack it up in airtight containers promptly. It will be a great lunch to take to the office the next day too!
How Long Does Stir Fry Last?
In your fridge, you can count on that stir fry lasting about 3 to 4 days. In my house, it’s gone long before then!
Can You Freeze Stir Fry?
Stir fry is great to freeze, though when I do it, I have to make a much bigger batch. I fill up freezer-safe plastic bags and lay them flat in my freezer. I don’t like to let it go for longer than a month though because it loses its flavor, but it’s a wonderful solution for meal prep.
How to Reheat Stir Fry?
Let it thaw in your fridge, then pour it into a skillet on the stove and heat through!
Easy Stir Fry Recipe
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/4 cup oyster sauce
- 1 tsp red chili flakes
- 4 tbsp vegetable oil divided
- 1 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup red and yellow bell peppers chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar snap peas
- 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- Whisk together the corn starch and water in a medium sized bowl. Then, add in the chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes and set aside.
- Then, add one tablespoon of oil to a wok over medium high heat. Once the oil has heated through, add in the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove from the wok and set the chicken aside in a small bowl and reduce the heat to medium.
- Add in the broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, and ginger garlic paste to the wok and cook until fork tender. Once the veggies are fork tender, add the chicken back in and stir. Pour the stir fry sauce over the chicken and vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for one minute. Serve over rice immediately.
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