By Cathleen Childs

“Weeknight meals” are synonymous with easy dinners, quick recipes and pasta-pasta-PASTA. (What, just me?).

One night, after having had pasta for about the umpteenth time the evening before, I decided to shake things up. While my usual take on dinner (or, come to think of it, life) is “better safe than sorry,” I threw caution to the wind and decided to try to make my own stir-fry.

Honestly, I can’t believe it has taken me this long. Turns out, making a stir-fry is one of the easiest things to happen in my kitchen on a weekday night. It might even be giving pasta a run for its money!

In my recipe I list broccoli and snap peas because that was what I had in the fridge at the time. Now that this recipe is on my regular dinner rotation, I simply use whatever vegetables I have on hand. So long, pasta. There’s a new dinner in town.

Chicken, Broccoli and Snap Pea Stir-Fry, Courtesy of Cathleen Childs,, Toronto

As easy as pasta and sauce, this stir-fry is perfect for busy weeknights.


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1 lb (450 g) chicken, cut into bite-sized cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp (30 mL) grated fresh ginger
1 cup (250 mL) chicken broth, divided
3 tbsp (45 mL) soy sauce
2 tsp (10 mL) white sugar
2 cups (500 mL) chopped broccoli
2 tsp (10 mL) cornstarch
3.5 oz (100 g) snap peas, ends trimmed, halved

1. In a medium skillet, cook the chicken, garlic and ginger over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
2. To skillet, add 3/4 cup (175 mL) chicken broth, soy sauce and white sugar. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add broccoli to skillet. Cover and cook 5 minutes more.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ¼ cup chicken broth and cornstarch.
Add cornstarch mixture and snap peas to skillet, and stir until sauce begins to bubble and thicken and peas are tender-crisp.

Tip: If you want a less salty stir-fry, used low-sodium chicken broth and soy sauce.

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A Taste of Madness
I am a full-time math teacher, part-time food blogger and lifelong dessert lover! When I am not teaching math, I can be found in my kitchen with a mixing bowl in one hand and a whisk in the other.