Low Calorie Chicken and Veggies Stir Fry

A stir fry makes a terrific dinner since it comes together really quickly and can be made very healthy. This skinny one is chock full of broccoli, pea pods, carrots, cabbage, onions and, lean chicken breasts. Each huge, fiber rich serving has 264 calories, 6 grams of fat. You’ll be so satisfied with this dish just the way it is but it can be served over brown rice, if desired.
Chicken and Veggies Stir Fry, Low Calorie and Super Yummy

Why You’ll Love This Low Calorie Chicken and Veggies Stir Fry

A low-calorie chicken and veggie stir fry is a symphony for your senses and your waistline! Imagine a vibrant plate bursting with crisp-tender broccoli florets, juicy chicken slivers, and colorful bell peppers, all bathed in a light, flavorful sauce.
Each bite is a delightful dance of textures: the satisfying snap of the veggies, the tender chew of the chicken, and the silky glide of the sauce. The light sauce, crafted with ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and a touch of brown sugar, adds a depth of savory-sweetness without weighing you down. Plus, the entire dish comes together in under 30 minutes, making it a weeknight hero for busy schedules.

Ingredients for Low Calorie Chicken and Veggies Stir Fry

This stir-fry recipe packs a flavorful punch while keeping calories in check. Let's delve into the key ingredients and their roles:
Stir-Fry Vegetables (9 cups total):
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, halved: These vibrant green florets offer a satisfying crunch, vitamin C boost, and fiber to aid digestion.
  • 2 cups diced onion: Adds a sweet and slightly pungent base flavor. Dice them small for even distribution and quicker cooking.
  • 1 cup diced carrots: Introduce natural sweetness, vibrant orange color, and a slightly firmer bite. Dice them similarly to the onions for even cooking.
  • 5 cups shredded cabbage: This versatile veggie bulks up the dish with minimal calories and adds a subtle peppery flavor. Napa cabbage is ideal for its delicate texture, but green cabbage works too.
  • 2 cups sliced snow peas: These delicate pods offer a delightful snap, pops of sweetness, and a vibrant green hue. Slice them in half diagonally for even presentation.
Protein:
  • 1¾ cups cooked chicken breast, diced: Provides lean protein and satiety. Use leftover chicken, rotisserie chicken, or poach/grill chicken breasts beforehand. Dice them into bite-sized pieces for even distribution.
Cooking Essentials:
  • Cooking spray: Minimizes oil usage while promoting browning and preventing sticking.
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable, canola, or olive oil: Adds a touch of healthy fat for flavor development and browning.
  • 3 tablespoons water: Helps steam the vegetables and create a light sauce without adding unnecessary calories.
Sauce Symphony:
  • ⅓ cup + 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce: Provides the savory backbone of the sauce. Opt for reduced-sodium to control salt intake. Tamari is a gluten-free alternative.
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar: Adds a touch of sweetness and depth to the sauce. Brown sugar is a healthier option than refined sugar due to its molasses content.
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar: Offers a tangy counterpoint to the sweetness and soy sauce.
  • 3 tablespoons water: Thins the sauce to desired consistency.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced: Infuses the sauce with an aromatic and savory punch.
  • 2 teaspoons ginger (from a jar): Adds a warm, spicy, and slightly citrusy note.
  • Fresh ginger is preferred, but jarred ginger is a convenient alternative.
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste: Enhances overall flavor and adds a touch of heat. Adjust based on preference.
By combining these ingredients in a quick stir-fry, you create a flavorful, healthy, and satisfying meal that's perfect for busy weeknights. So grab your wok and get ready to whip up a delicious and nutritious stir-fry adventure!

How to Make Low Calorie Chicken and Veggies Stir Fry

Preparation (10 minutes):
  • Gather your ingredients: Ensure you have everything on hand, including the wok or pan, cooking spray, oil, and a small bowl for the sauce.
  • Prep the veggies: Wash and chop the broccoli florets into halves, dice the onions and carrots, and shred the cabbage. Aim for bite-sized pieces for even cooking
  • Cook the chicken: If you haven't already, cook the chicken breasts by poaching, grilling, or using leftover rotisserie chicken. Dice it into bite-sized pieces.
  • Make the sauce: Combine all sauce ingredients (soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, water, garlic, ginger, pepper) in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set it aside.

Stir-frying (8-10 minutes):
  • Heat the wok: Coat your wok or pan with cooking spray and heat it over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and let it shimmer.
  • Start with the firmer veggies: Add the broccoli, onions, and carrots to the hot pan along with 3 tablespoons of water. Stir-fry for 5-7 minutes, or until the broccoli is tender-crisp and the onions and carrots are softened.
  • Incorporate the cabbage and chicken: Add the shredded cabbage and cooked chicken pieces to the pan. Continue stir-frying for another 3-4 minutes, or until the cabbage is wilted and the chicken is heated through.
  • Introduce the snap and flavor: Lower the heat to medium and add the snow peas and the prepared sauce mixture. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes, ensuring everything is well combined and heated through.

Finishing Touches and Storage:
  • Final stir: Give everything a final stir to ensure even distribution of flavors and textures.
  • Serve and enjoy: Plate your delicious low-calorie stir-fry and savor the vibrant flavors and textures.
  • Leftovers: If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in a pan or microwave before serving.

Tips:
  • Feel free to adjust the vegetables based on your preference. Other options include bell peppers, zucchini, or snap peas.
  • For a spicier kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce.
  • Serve the stir-fry over brown rice, quinoa, or even cauliflower rice for a complete and nutritious meal.
  • If you don't have fresh ginger, use 1 teaspoon ground ginger instead.
  • To prevent overcooking the chicken, add it back to the pan only after the vegetables are almost cooked through.
With these steps and tips, you're well on your way to enjoying a delicious and healthy low-calorie chicken and veggie stir-fry! It's a quick and flavorful meal that's perfect for any busy weeknight.
 

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Healthy Benefits
Broccoli is a star member of the cruciferous family which is believed to help protect against cancer. It’s a super source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6 and fiber.
Cabbage is a nutrient-dense, low-calorie, food that provides an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, B6, biotin, calcium, and a respectable amount of fiber. In addition, studies have shown that cabbage has anti-cancer benefits.
Shopping Tips
Broccoli florets are sold in bags in the produce department. To make your own, see the prep tips, below.
Ginger, from a jar, is sold in the produce section where garlic in the jar, is displayed.
Prep Tips
To make your own florets: Cut the stalk off a head of broccoli with a sharp knife. Make sure you cut high enough so that large individual florets fall away as you cut. Take each large individual floret and cut it in half. Gather the two halves and cut them into quarters. Repeat for each large individual floret.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
3-Blue
WW SmartPoints 5-Green
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 (2 cups) serving
264 calories, 6g fat, 1g sat. fat, 41mg chol, 20g protein, 34g carbs, 7g fiber, 792mg sodium, 12g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
57 calories, 0g sat. fat, 7g sugar, 0g protein

 

Chicken and Veggies Stir Fry, Low Calorie and Super Yummy

Low Calorie Chicken and Veggies Stir Fry

5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4
Calories 264 kcal

Ingredients
  

Ingredients for Stir Fry:

  • 2 cups broccoli florets cut in half, see shopping tips
  • 2 cups onion diced
  • 1 cup carrots diced
  • 5 cups cabbage shredded
  • 2 cups Chinese pea pods (snow peas) sliced in half
  • cups cooked chicken breast diced
  • cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp vegetable, canola, or olive oil
  • 3 tbsp water for stir frying

Ingredients for Sauce:

  • cup plus reduced-sodium soy sauce (for gluten free, use Tamari soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp ginger (from a jar), see shopping tips
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • First, prep all vegetables and dice the chicken. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add all sauce ingredients and mix until well blended. Set aside.
  • Coat a large nonstick wok or pan with cooking spray. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in pan. Add broccoli, onions and carrots and water. Saute over medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until broccoli is soft.  Add cabbage and chicken. Saute another 3-4 minutes until soft. Turn down to medium heat, stir in pea pods and sauce mixture.  Stir fry for about 2 minutes until all heated through. Stir constantly to blend everything.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge for a few days.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cupsCalories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 20gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 792mgFiber: 7gSugar: 12gBlue Smart Points: 3Green Smart Points: 5Plus Points: 7
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15 Comments

  1. Yum! I really enjoyed this one. I also like the suggestion to use cabbage instead of rice. It’s a good thing I have leftovers for a few days. 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you enjoyed this with cabbage. Thanks so much for sharing Sara!
    Have a nice weekend!
    My best,
    Nancy

  3. Excited to give this a go tomorrow night. How many serves is the recipe for? I’m trying out 5:2 diet so everything needs to be exact.

  4. Nicole, this recipes makes 4 servings (each serving, 2 cups). At the end of the instructions for each of my recipes, I always include the serving size.
    Best of luck on your new diet!
    Nancy

  5. I just finished eating this recipe – except for cabbage, I had all the ingredients so while it wasn’t as big a meal as a result, it was still very satisfying and delicious. Nancy, I’m so glad to see that you are still listing Points Plus in your recipes and so hope you continue to do so. I had great success on that plan but unfortunately neither Smart Points or Freestyle have worked for me and I’m 20 lbs heavier than I was at the start of 2018.

    So I’m back to PP as of January 2 and know that with the help of your delicious recipes, the 20 lbs will disappear and I thank you for that help.

    With very best wishes for a happy and healthy New year.

    Jane

  6. Sorry but I don’t know how to calculate in grams. Here in the US we only use ounces and pounds. Maybe you can check on google for a site that does the conversion.
    Best of luck!
    Nancy

  7. 5 stars
    Excellent I’d say! Made this in a vegan version; would have been even better if I didn’t overcook the noodles.

  8. 5 stars
    Everything came together great, and sauce was tasty but thin. Next time I’ll work in a thickening agent. Definitely a repeat recipe.

  9. Aw thank you so much, Jessica! Yes if you like a thicker sauce you can easily add a thickening agent such as flour or Xanthan gum. But if you use Xanthan gum it would only take about ¼-½ tsp. You could always a bit more , if that doesn’t make it thick enough for your liking.
    Best of luck,
    Nancy

  10. This was delicious! I am new to WW and don’t understand the color points. Can you explain? I don’t see them in the app.

  11. I’m so happy you enjoy this! The WW color points are from the old program. WW changes every 2 years. It has been a huge task for me to update my recipes for their new problem. After years of doing it, I finally gave up. I’m sorry!
    Best of luck on WW, Laura. It’s a great, sound program.
    Regards,
    Nancy

  12. Glad you liked it. Thanks for letting me know. Kandy, you can easily thicken the sauce by adding a little cornstarch.
    My best,
    Nancy

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