Air Fryer Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry that's Air Fried @EatBetterRecipes
Air Fryer Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry that's Air Fried @EatBetterRecipes

Healthy Air Fried Chicken and Broccoli “Stir Fry”

We love Asian stir fries like chicken and broccoli stir fry. Our new favorite is healthy air fryer chicken and broccoli in the air fryer. With such little oil, this low fat dish “stir fry” dish is easy made in the air fryer. It’s a fantastic quick and easy chicken dinner for weeknights when you need an easy healthy dinner. Best of all, there’s little clean up and all finished in one vessel.

Video: Air Fryer Chicken And Broccoli

The flavor of the chicken and broccoli from the air fryer is fantastic. It’s crispy, with toasted edges and super flavorful. The texture is more like roasted chicken and broccoli, which is just as fantastic. This healthy air fryer chicken recipe is low fat and fantastic when served with some wild rice or brown rice. It’s not greasy and the broccoli is wonderful crispy and flavorful. Give it a try and you’ll be obsessed with air fryer recipes from now on. Dinner comes together so quickly and easily. Again, the benefit is that there’s such little oil when it comes to healthy air fryer recipes!

Air Fryer Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry that's Air Fried @EatBetterRecipes

How to Make Air Fried Chicken and Broccoli

Combine chicken, broccoli and onions in bowl. Add marinade and toss evenly with ingredients. Add all ingredients to air fryer. 

Healthy Air Fryer Chicken And Broccoli that's Air Fried Crispy | @bestrecipebox

Gently toss and stir ingredients once during cooking. Do this twice if needed. 

Healthy Air Fryer Chicken And Broccoli that's Air Fried Crispy | @bestrecipebox

Check one last time, if chicken need more time, stir and cook for additional 3 minutes. 

Healthy Air Fryer Chicken And Broccoli that's Air Fried Crispy | @bestrecipebox

What are the Best Air Fryers?

There’s so many on the market now. You just need to research and find the ones that fits your needs, capacity and style. We group the basket style air fryers into 2 main size groups: 3-4 qt range & the 5-6 qt. range.  Here’s our favorites:

Cosori 3.7 qt. Digital Air Fryer – “That’s a stylish Air Fryer” was said as we unboxed the Cosori. Beyond being stylish, it has cooked great. The basket is not as tall and wider than most in its size group, which is perfect. You’ll have a lot better results in an air fryer with single layered, spread out foods, then with ones piled high and thick.
The non-stick basket style (non-wire base) & smoothness of the basket tray is also great for clean up.

Ninja 4 qt. Digital Air Fryer – Has a great ceramic coated basket, one of the longest lasting we’ve used. Super powerful fan that will often cook recipes even faster than other air fryers. We initially returned our first one because we thought we wouldn’t like the basket style. After reconsidering, we bought another and are super glad we did. We love it’s basket and just a platform insert. One less bulky thing to wash. This is a great air fryer.

Good Larger Air Fryers


Tiluxury 5.8 qt. Digital Air Fryer – It’s a good larger air fryer capable of cooking for larger families, especially when you need to cook more food. It’s great for cooking bigger batches (ie 4 salmon fillets instead of 2 or 2 lbs of fries instead of 1).
We like that this Tiluxury 5.8 qt has the non-stick basket (non-wire base). Makes for less sticking for delicate meals (ie baked fish fillets).  And we like the digital interface (easier cleaning).

Gourmia 6 qt. Digital Air Fryer – This is quickly becoming one of our favorite larger basket style air fryers. Great basket size, good controls, cooks nice. Clean up is great. It has become one of our kitchen favorites. We’ll often find it as Costco at a great price too!

Air Fryer Chicken & Broccoli

The chicken and broccoli will cook down and shrink, so if it the basket feels full at first, there will be less volume after everything is cooked. DO NOT pre-heat the air fryer for this recipe.
There are two methods for Air Frying: Cooking the chicken halfway, then adding the veggies will cook the broccoli moderately. The other option is to air fry them all together from the beginning which makes the broccoli extra crispy. Or you can add the broccoli at anytime that cooks it to your preference. After your first batch, you'll know better what method works for your air fryer and personal liking.
5 from 14 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound  (454 g) boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs , cut into 1-inch bites sized pieces
  • 1/4-1/2 pound (113-226 g) broccoli , cut into florets (1-2 cups)
  • 1/2 medium onion , sliced thick
  • 3 Tablespoons  (45 ml) olive oil or grape seed oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) fresh minced ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) low sodium soy sauce , or to taste (use Tamari for Gluten Free)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) rice vinegar (use distilled white vinegar for Gluten Free)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt , or to taste
  • black pepper , to taste
  • serve with lemon wedges , optional

Equipment

Instructions 

Option 1: Regular Cooked Broccoli

  • Make the Marinade: In a bowl, combine oil, garlic powder, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, optional hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
    Marinade for chicken and broccoli
  • Place the chicken in one bowl. Place the broccoli and onions in another. Divide the marinade between the two bowls, stirring to coat each completely.
    Chicken in one bowl, broccoli and onions in another, marinade in a third
  • Air Fry: Add just the chicken to the air fryer basket/tray. Air Fry at 380°F/195°C for 10 minutes. Stir in the broccoli and onions with the chicken (make sure to include all the marinade). Continue to Air Fry at 380°F/195°C for 8-10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Make sure to stir halfway through cooking so broccoli gets cooked evenly.
    Chicken in air fryer, broccoli and onion on the side
  • Add additional salt and pepper, to taste. Squeeze optional fresh lemon juice on top and serve warm.
    Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli in Air Fryer Basket

Option 2: For Crispy, Charred Broccoli

  • In a large bowl, combine chicken, broccoli and onion. Toss ingredients together.
    Air Fryer chicken and broccoli ingredients
  • Make the Marinade: In a bowl, combine oil, garlic powder, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, optional hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken, broccoli and onions to the marinade. Stir thoroughly to combine the marinade with chicken, broccoli and onions.
  • Air Fry: Add ingredients to air fryer basket/tray. Air Fry 380°F/195°C for 16-20 minutes, shaking and gently tossing halfway through cooking. Make sure to toss so that everything cooks evenly. Check chicken to make sure it’s cooked through. If not, cook for additional 3-5 minutes.
    Chicken and broccoli in air fryer basket
  • Add additional salt and pepper, to taste. Squeeze fresh lemon juice on top and serve warm.
    Air fryer crispy broccoli and chicken

Notes

  • Recipes were cooked in 3-4 qt air fryers. If using a larger air fryer, the recipe might cook quicker so adjust cooking time. 
  • Do not pre-heat the air fryer for this recipe. 
  • Remember to set a timer to shake/flip/toss the food as directed in recipe.

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Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 619mg, Potassium: 551mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 214IU, Vitamin C: 29mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 1mg