One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

4.43 from 33 votes

Looking for dinner inspiration? Our Chicken and Broccoli recipe is high in protein and guaranteed to satisfy!

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!

4.43 from 33 votes

One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

With a tasty sauce and healthy ingredients, this one-skillet dish is a delicious choice for dinner.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 cup
Course Dinner
Cuisine Universal
Author SkinnyMs.

Ingredients

Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 to 18 ounces boneless and skinless chicken breasts chopped into large bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery sliced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos optional tamari or lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable Sriracha

Instructions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For sauce, whisk together ingredients and add to the pan for the last minute of cooking time. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 227mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
Keywords Budget-Friendly, dairy-free, Diabetic-Friendly, Gluten-Free, High Protein, Keto, Kid-Friendly, Low-Carb, Quick and Easy

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Editor’s Note: Originally published Oct 22, 2015

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45 Comments

  1. 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 need..am 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

    2. 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.

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

  2. 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

  3. 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?

    1. 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.

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

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

  5. 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?

    1. 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. 🙂

  6. 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!

  7. 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.)

  8. 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

    1. Anna, Keep in mind you can cook the recipe, cool, and freeze for later.

      For one:
      1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
      1 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped into large bite-sized pieces
      1/2 cups broccoli florets
      1 clove garlic, minced
      1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
      1/4 cup sliced celery
      1/4 cup chicken broth, or water
      1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
      1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  9. Made this tonight everyone loved it … The only thing I did different was use cauliflower & broccoli. I also used yum yum sauce it was very tasty ❤️

  10. Yum! I also used regular sriracha and added fresh mushrooms. Served it over rice to those in the family not worried about carbs😋5 stars

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