Gather the ingredients for making Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry. Then read the tips here.
Cut the chicken at a diagonal bias about 1/4" thick or less.
Mix 1 tbsp of soy sauce and 1 tsp sugar, add chicken to mix, stir to coat chicken, set aside for 15 minutes.
Cut down broccoli to florets. Steam them for 7 to 10 min, till softened but still snappy and crunchy, set aside when done.
Put a stainless steel frying pan on medium high heat (6 on my glass top oven) with enough cooking oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Begin frying chicken in batches, season with black pepper if desired while cooking. After finishing a batch, set it aside in a bowl.
Only cook a few minutes per side, these are thin slices of chicken and will cook fast. The first batch will only come out light brown when done. Note: cook each individual piece on one side, then flip over to cook the other side. Don't try and stir the chicken, we want to create a fond to the bottom of the pan. Add more oil as necessary during this process.
Keep cooking in batches, each batch will get progressively more brown on the outside as the fond is created. Once fond is created the chicken will stick less to the bottom of the pan. I use a tongs for turning over the pieces of chicken. This process should take two to three batches to cook the chicken. Immediately after the last batch of chicken is cooked and set aside in a bowl.
Begin to fry the onion and water chestnuts(optional).
Cook the onion approximately 3 minutes until desired doneness. If the fond starts to smoke, remove the onions and cook in a different pan. But if you cooked all the chicken in two batches this should not be an issue. When onion is finished cooking remove from pan and set aside in a bowl.
Immediately add the sauce, red pepper, and garlic to the pan and and deglaze the pan. Whisk the sauce scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the fond, the sauce should thicken quickly.
When the broccoli has finished steaming remove the steam basket and add noodles to the boiling water. Cook noodles for 3-5 minutes.
Mix all the cooked ingredients together in a sauce pan.
Combine with the noodles and broccoli and serve.
Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Total Carbohydrates 18g6%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chef Tips: Making Great Chicken & Broccoli Noodle Stir Fry
Be sure to measure, and cut everything in advance. Everything should be cooked together at the same time, so everything is hot being put together. One hack that I do is that I cook the soba noodles in the water used to steam the broccoli. This saves time from having to boil two pots of water. Just make sure that you use extra water in your steam pot to accommodate the noodles afterwards. Have one large bowl set aside to put everything into as its finished cooking.