Skip Takeout and Try This Savory Garlic Chicken and Broccoli

Home Tips, Recipes and DIY

Craving a Chinese classic, but looking for a healthier and less expensive alternative? Look no further — this creative spin on garlic chicken and broccoli lets you eat right and get the Chinese takeout flavor you savor. Plus, it feeds a crew with a healthy and hearty meal that’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Thanks to Taste of Home for bringing this delicious dish to our homes!


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-in. pieces
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 4 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1 can (8 oz.) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup water
  • Hot cooked rice


  • In a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker, combine chicken, broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts and garlic.
  • In a large bowl, mix the next 7 ingredients. Pour over the chicken mixture.
  • Cook, covered, on low until chicken and broccoli are tender, 3-4 hours.
  • Remove chicken and vegetables. Keep warm.
  • Strain cooking juices into a small saucepan and skim fat. Bring juices to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth. Stir into cooking juices.
  • Return to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened (1-2 minutes).
  • Serve with chicken, vegetables and hot cooked rice.

If you have family members who claim to not like broccoli, this recipe is sure to make them a believer.

Give it a try and turn dinner time into family time!