Peanut sauce might as well be magic when it comes to dinner time. It dresses up whatever basic ingredients you are using and makes them taste amazing. Yes, I said amazing. And I stand by my overused word choice, which in its informal use means, “startlingly impressive.”
What is startlingly impressive is that you can take the humble vegetable broccoli and a plain jane chicken breast and add a simple sauce to create a healthy, 30 minute meal. Amazing, friends. Amazing.
Notice I call this Broccoli & Chicken and not Chicken & Broccoli. Yes, the ratio is a little more broccoli than chicken. That’s how I roll and how I think our dinner plates should be. More plants than meat. Chicken (preferably organic) isn’t nutritionally void, but broccoli has the super-health-promoting phytonutrients that you only find in plants. So don’t be afraid to have Broccoli & Chicken instead of Chicken & Broccoli.
Something I’ve been wanting to do, probably for years now, is add “prep time” and “cook time” to my recipes. I almost always forget to time myself and then am afraid I am going to guess wrong at how long it took me. For this recipe, I timed myself. Before I started, I debated what “prep time” included. Does that mean all ingredients are out and ready? Or does that include getting out all of the ingredients? In the end, I started the clock before I had anything out as I figured that would give you the most accurate picture of how long this recipe will really take.
This is a 30 minute recipe, and that even included me frantically searching for a few minutes for my kitchen shears that I needed to cube the chicken. Of course they were right in front of my eyes. If you are super speedy and organized in the kitchen, I’ll bet you can clock this in less than 30.
We usually have this with brown rice, but have also served it with quinoa and rice noodles. It’s also great all by itself, so if you don’t want to add a grain, that’s okay, too! I hope you enjoy this quick and easy dinner recipe!
Note: The peanut sauce is adapted from here.Print
Easy Broccoli and Chicken with Peanut Sauce
This Broccoli and Chicken with Peanut Sauce tastes incredible served over quinoa or brown rice.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 4
- Category: main meal
- Cuisine: Asian
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut aminos, low-sodium tamari, or reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seed oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 clove of garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons coconut oil (or fat of choice), divided
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
3 bunches of broccoli, cut into small florets (about 6 cups florets)
salt and pepper
To make your peanut sauce, blend the first 8 ingredients until smooth. (If you don’t have a blender, mince the ginger and garlic and then whisk all of the ingredients together very well.) Set aside.
Melt the coconut oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the chicken cubes and sprinkle with a small amount of salt and pepper. Cook until browned on the outside and no longer pink in the center, about 5-10 minutes. (Time depends on how small you cubed your chicken. If you need them to cook faster, make them smaller. Mine were ready in 8 minutes.)
Removed the cooked chicken from the pan and cover it to keep it warm. Turn the heat up just a bit and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to the pan.
When it melts, add the broccoli and sprinkle it with a little bit of salt and pepper. Toss the broccoli to coat it in the coconut oil and then add a few tablespoons of water.
Cook until the broccoli is bright green and crisp tender, about 4-5 minutes.
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 405
- Sugar: 12.3g
- Sodium: 201mg
- Fat: 20g
- Carbohydrates: 19g
- Protein: 21.3g
Keywords: Peanut sauce