Japanese Chicken Stir Fry in Cast iron fry pan with chopsticks

Easy Japanese Chicken Stir Fry with Broccoli

Fresh green veggies, lean chicken, and crunchy cashews meet up in a sweet 'n salty glossy sauce! Learn how to make an easy Japanese Chicken Stir Fry, then customize it with your favourite vegetables.
Course Entrée/Main Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 455kcal
Author Flavour & Savour



  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 lb chicken breast or chicken tenders, cut in bite-sized pieces
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, trimmed
  • 4 baby bok choy, sliced in half, lengthwise
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 med white onion, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced


  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp mirin (a slightly sweet rice wine)
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free tamari or soy sauce, or coconut aminos for paleo diet
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch (or arrowroot or potato starch) mixed with 2 tsp water


  • Whisk marinade ingredients together and set aside.
  • Have all ingredients chopped and ready to add. Pat dry (as you don't want the vegetables to steam.)
    Ingredients for Japanese Chicken Stir Fry
  • Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Drizzle in a teaspoon of the oil and tilt to coat the whole pan.
  • Add broccoli to hot pan, sauté for 2 - 3 minutes or until bright green and just beginning to become tender. Remove to a bowl.
    Sautéed Broccoli for Japanese Chicken Stir Fry
  • Add bok choy, pepper slices and onion slices to pan. Sauté for a few minutes until bok choy starts to wilt and peppers are beginning to blister. Remove to a bowl with the broccoli.
    Sautéed Bok Choy and Peppers for Japanese Chicken Stir Fry
  • Add remaining oil, tilt to coat pan. Add minced garlic and chicken pieces. Stir until all chicken pieces are brown. Add marinade, stir to coat completely.
    Sautéed Chicken for Japanese Chicken Stir Fry
  • Add sautéed vegetables back into the pan and stir to coat with the marinade. If desired, thicken with a little cornstarch mixed with water. Then, toss in cashews, sprinkle with sesame seeds, garnish with sliced green onions and serve.
    Japanese Chicken Stir Fry with chopsticks



Don't leave out the sugar in this recipe. It's necessary to balance the flavours.


Calories: 455kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1957mg | Potassium: 957mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 1680IU | Vitamin C: 124mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3.3mg