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My Thai Mom's super simple and easy stir-fried broccoli and carrots recipe is an easy way to get your healthy veggies. Once you learn this basic stir-fry recipe you can also apply it to whatever ingredients you have or crave.
Background content: Stir-frying in general is also one of the healthiest ways to prepare Asian food in general.
This recipe also hits the cliché ingredients your mom wants you to eat, so you can tell her you are eating your broccoli. This was inspired by necessity, she looked in the fridge and used what we have. Stir-fry pairs well with this amazing Thai lime rice recipe.
This is my favorite part of this recipe. You can do this recipe so few things, you are highly likely to be able to make it on any given day.
- 1 pound chicken or equivalent protein
- 4 cups broccoli
- ½ cup carrots, or whatever you have in your vegetable drawer
- 3 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons golden mountain seasoning sauce
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
See the recipe card for quantities.
Sangaroon, my Thai mother-in-law, said the trick is to make sure your wok is very hot before getting started. While it is heating is a good time to prep your ingredients. You will want something to put each thing in so you can add it quickly and efficiently.
Prepare all the ingredients, including cutting and pounding the garlic.
Make sure the broccoli is in bite-sized pieces and rinse in a colander.
Also, make sure the chicken breast is cut into small enough pieces. My wife gets on to me about not cutting it small enough.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry for several minutes until cooked through, holding back the sauce until the end, taste, and adjust as needed.
Add the garlic to the oil and saute until golden and add the chicken.
Hint: Seasoning conservatively and having the sauces on the side allows everyone to customize their dish.
If you are concerned about sodium, go light on the sauce. Use whatever vegetables you want. Obviously, you can leave out or add whatever you want.
Giving the visitor ideas on how they can change this recipe to better suit their dinner guests, or their cultural cuisine, is a great way to increase the chances they make the recipe
- Spicy - add Thai chili pepper flakes while cooking to imbue heat into the dish. Mod has this amazing and easy home-made recipe for Thai chili flakes.
- Deluxe - add every vegetable you want, just use the multiplier function on the recipe card and substitute the protein and vegetables you want to add.
- Kid friendly - add crushed potato chips (ketchup chips!)
See this spicy version of a similar green bean version on my website!
Equipment can have a big impact on how a recipe turns out. We use a wok or skillet, a wok is better for a flame but a skillet will work just fine and maybe better if you have an electric range like us.
These ingredients do/don't stand up well to freezing for 2 to3 days in the fridge.
Make sure the wok or skillet is very hot before starting, the garlic will be so delicious if you do it right. When you pound the garlic and stir-fry it, it's my favorite part.
Thai Mom's Super Simple and Easy Stir-fried Broccoli and Chicken Recipe
- 1 Wok or skilet
- 1 lb Chicken breast finely chopped
- 4 cups Broccoli
- ½ cup Carrots chopped into bite sized pieces
- 3 tablespoon Canola Oil Or whatever you prefer
- 2 tablespoon Golden Mountain Seasoning Sauce
- 2 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce
- Prepare all the ingredients and have them ready to quickly add to the wok.
- Heat the wok or skillet.
- Add the oil.
- Add the garlic and saute, squishing down into the oil a little, until golden brown.
- Add in the chopped chicken and cook until cooked through.
- Add in the rest of the vegetables and cook through.
- Add in the sauces and taste.
We sometimes take for a granted that we have years (or decades) of cooking experience, that the average visitor may not. Add to, or remove from, the list below with health and safety tips.
- Cook to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
If you like stir-fried vegetables, you might like one of these recipes.