Quick Stir-Fry Chicken

For a quick weeknight dinner, try Quick Stir-Fry Chicken.  In minutes you will have a savory chicken and vegetable dish, flavored with wonderful Asian tastes, on the table!

Serve chicken pieces, cooked in a soy/mirin sauce, with carrots, peas and spinach over rice for the perfect quick dinner!

Begin by combining mirin, soy sauce, sugar, water, sriracha and sesame oil together for the sauce;  set it aside.

In a large skillet, sauté the ginger, garlic and green onions.  Remove them from the pan and set aside.

Add a little more oil to the pan and increase the heat to high.  Add the chicken pieces and sear well on all sides. Add the green onions back to the chicken along with the sauce and carrots.

Cook for about 8 minutes, adding the peas in for a couple of minutes.  Add the spinach and cook for a minute or until it’s wilted.

Stir in the slivered basil and serve over white rice or noodles!

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Quick Stir-Fry Chicken

Makes: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes



  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • 1 tbsp toasted or regular sesame oil

Stir Fry:

  • 2 tbsp vegetable or olive oil (plus more as needed)
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 6 large garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 6 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 & 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups diced carrots, squash or broccoli stems
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh Thai basil or cilantro (or a combination)
  • Steamed rice or noodles, for serving


In a small bowl, combine the mirin, soy sauce, water, sugar, sriracha, and sesame oil. Set aside.

Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, garlic, and green onions. Cook, stirring constantly, for one minute or until fragrant. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add a little more oil to the pan if necessary and increase the heat to high. When hot, add the chicken pieces to the pan and brown well on all sides. This may have to be done in batches.

Return all the chicken to the pan, along with the green onion mixture, sauce and carrots. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thicker but still syrupy enough to spoon over rice.

About 2 minutes before chicken is cooked, add frozen peas. Two minutes later, add spinach and cook for about one minute or until the spinach is barely wilted. Remove from the heat and stir in the basil.

Serve over the steamed rice or noodles.

Recipe from Bonnie Stern


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