One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

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One-pan meals tend to be my go-to choice when I’m looking for a quick-and-easy weeknight dinner. Actually, now that I think about it, I make one-pot meals on most weeknights, too. They’re simple and easy to execute, and I love how you’re able to develop a ton of complex flavor in such a short amount of time. Take this healthy chicken and broccoli recipe, for example. All you need is some chicken, a few veggies, and a simple sauce to create a tasty dinner (all without the depressing mountain of dirty pots and pans, I might add). Sound just about right to me!

While all the components are simple, they’re actually pretty important, too. You see, when you’re planning a one-pot meal, you have to think about how everything comes together. The key is building those layers of flavor as you cook. If you don’t know how to do that, don’t fret!

I’ve developed a fool-proof method for making sure that flavors develop in a one-skillet meal: it’s all about a good sauce. You won’t have to work too hard, and you certainly won’t have to spend all night chopping additional ingredients. All you need is a few featured ingredients (like chicken and broccoli) and you can let the sauce do the work for you.

The Essential Sauce

The Teriyaki-inspired sauce in this healthy chicken and broccoli recipe is really the secret to tying all of the ingredients together. You start with a superfood veggie: broccoli. Along with its tender-crunchy flavor, you’ll benefit from a host of health benefits. Then, add in some protein-packed chicken. It just needs a few short minutes in a hot skillet to develop a crisp and flavorful exterior.

Finally, the magic happens when you add the sauce to those two components. This homemade Teriyaki sauce only requires a few ingredients to make (and you can use soy sauce if you don’t have time to make your own). It works perfectly to create a happy marriage between your protein and fiber. For all you spicy food lovers out there: consider adding the optional Sriracha to your sauce. It won’t add many calories, but it will certainly kick things up a notch.

One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli - A simple high-protein low-carb dinner recipe.

And, really, that’s what it’s all about! Making healthy meals that are full-flavored and taste better than the high-calorie alternative. Because why should you opt for high-sodium, fat-filled take-out when you can make a better meal at home for just about the same effort? The answer is, you shouldn’t! You’ll feel great after eating a meal like this healthy chicken and broccoli recipe (and, did I mention the lack of dishes for cleanup afterward?).

So whip up some brown rice or quinoa as a side and get to serving. If you want my unsolicited advice, make enough so you have leftovers. This dish almost tastes better the next day and makes a perfect topping for a lunch salad, whole-wheat tortilla wrap, or just by itself. You’ll thank me later!

One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

Servings: 4 | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 130 | Total Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 227mg | Carbohydrates: 5g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Protein: 21g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2


    Chicken and Broccoli Dinner
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 (4-6 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into large bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup sliced celery
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth, or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Coconut aminos, optional Tamari or Lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable Sriracha


  1. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium heat and brown the chicken on all sides, about 8 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside. Add broccoli florets and lightly sauté until slightly tender. Remove broccoli and set aside.
  2. Add the onion and celery to the skillet and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, until the celery has softened , and the onion is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the broth (or water), chicken, and broccoli back to the skillet along with the salt and pepper. Cook ingredients for about 5 more minutes, until chicken is heated through.
  3. For sauce, whisk together ingredients and add to the pan for the last minute of cooking time. Serve and enjoy!

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Editor’s Note: Originally published Oct 22, 2015

40 Comments on "One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli Dinner"

  1. Lisa  January 27, 2016

    I need to lose 100 to 150#s in order to have hip and knee replacement. I take once a month treatments for my leukemia. I have no immune system. I’m diabetic, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Osteoarthritis, acid reflux. Due to cancer, no immune system and diabetes the drs day I am at 10 times greater risk of infections and complications. So where do I begin for exercise when I’m in pain most of the time and what diet plan. One for fast weight loss or diabetic. Was at 387# several years ago. Now no meds for diabetes. Don’t at 330# right now. Need help for how n where to start. Need to get back to work but in no shape currently. Have workout bands just don’t know if there is video to purchase for DVD player. Need beginners exercise to get started and diet help…help me please.

    • Gale Compton  January 27, 2016

      Lisa, Please check with your doctor for a good recommendation about which exercise and diet programs will work best with your health issues.
      We have tons of workouts for beginners, but to be on the safe side check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. 🙂

    • Debbie  May 14, 2016

      Try walking with Leslie Sansone. If you have access to YouTube she, and others, have lots of free full length videos downloaded on there. It is easy on the joints and a great way to ease into exercise. Skinny Ms has videos on there too. Walking is an excellent noninvasive exercise! It has helped me lose 50 pounds so far. Good luck to you.

  2. Vicki  January 29, 2016

    To to to salty family loved the flavors how can I lower salt without losing flavor?

    • Gale Compton  January 30, 2016

      Vicki, Use other spices, for example, with this dish maybe a little garlic powder, dry ginger, and a touch of heat with cayenne pepper.

  3. Angela  March 7, 2016

    This was DELISH, tastes just like Panda Express if you put it over some rice

    • SkinnyMs.  March 8, 2016

      We’re glad you liked it, Angela! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  4. patty johnson  August 21, 2016

    I need to lose 100. I have Osteoarthritis other than that no real health problems although I have been confined to a electric wheel chair. where or what kind of exercizes can I do when I’m in pain 90 percent of the day…please help thanks

  5. Kara  January 3, 2017

    when I import this recipe into myfitnesspal it has it at almost 350 calories per serving! (at 4 servings)… how do you determine your calories?

    • Kym Votruba  January 3, 2017

      We use Edamam Nutrition Wizard. My Fitness Pal is most likely calculating the chicken with the skin on. This makes a huge difference in the nutritional data.

  6. Kkp  January 26, 2017

    What do any of these comments have to do with the recipe that is featured!!!???!!!

  7. Darlene  May 24, 2017

    Need to lose 25-30 lbs plz help

  8. Susie Wayland  July 10, 2017

    This was a very good meal, very filling. I will definitely make this again!

    • Emilia Horn  July 11, 2017

      Glad to hear it, Susie!

  9. Andrea  August 2, 2017

    It says smart points 4, is that weight watchers?

    • Jennifer Hanford  August 3, 2017

      Hi, Andrea. Yes, that’s correct. SmartPoints is a counting system for Weight Watchers.

  10. Angelina  August 31, 2017

    Just used this recipe and it was wonderful. Super easy and my kids loved it.

    • Nichole Furlong  August 31, 2017

      Hi Angelina! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed our recipe. Especially your kids, they’re the toughest critics!

  11. Lucy  October 18, 2017

    Where do find 4 smart points weight watchers? Recipe says 2 smart points, makes 4 servings

  12. Bran  March 6, 2018

    Followed to the letter. Super quick and easy, yet delicious. I like the sriracha, gives it just enough spice and kick!

  13. Brooke  March 26, 2018

    I doubled the recipe because my kids eat a ton. I only ended up with 6 1 cup servings instead of the 8 I should have gotten. Any ideas?

    • Gale Compton  March 29, 2018

      Brooke, Hmmm…possibly the chicken and/or broccoli were smaller than what we used for this recipe. I recommended increasing the chicken. Keep us posted. 🙂

  14. Jeanean  July 31, 2018

    Added a tad or ginger and Chinese 5 Spice. It was yummo. I also went light on the hot sauce.

  15. meggie  August 30, 2018

    made this tonight for dinner. soooooooo absolutely delicious

    • Gale Compton  September 1, 2018

      Meggie, Great! I’m so happy you enjoyed the dinner. 🙂

  16. Heather  December 27, 2018

    If I dont have veracha…for the sauce what could I use instead? Sriracha? Or would something else be better?

  17. Amy  January 27, 2019

    I notice there was 3 types of Coconut Secret’s coconut aminos, which one do I use to cook this meal? Thank you.

    • Gale Compton  January 28, 2019

      Amy, I recommend either of these: Coconut aminos, Tamari, or Lite soy sauce.

  18. Emilie  April 29, 2019

    This was so easy and delicious, we made it two nights in a row! The first night I subbed carrots for the celery because that’s what I had on hand. The second night I used a store bought stir fry mix. The sauce is phenomenal – just the right amount of kick – and couldn’t get any easier. Even my 2 year old devoured it!

    • Nichole Furlong  April 30, 2019

      We’re glad you found a recipe your whole family can enjoy!

  19. Trish Heaver  September 4, 2019

    Does the sauce add additional points or are they already figured in?

    • Nichole Furlong  September 5, 2019

      The sauce is included in the points!

  20. Carl  September 8, 2019

    Would regular Sriracha work instead of the vegetable sriracha linked in the video? Or are they not really the same? (Don’t want to have to order something online for this, assuming my grocery store doesn’t carry that.)

    • Gale Compton  September 9, 2019

      Hi Carl, Yes, regular Sriracha would work fine.

  21. John  February 10, 2020

    I made this tonight and it was delish. I added sweet red pepper and mixed in approx 1 Tbs of corn starch to the soy sauce mixture. Yum

    • Gale Compton  February 14, 2020

      John, Thanks for the tips. I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe. 🙂


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