Broccoli, Chicken, and Almond Sauté

Broccoli, first blanched, then sautéed briefly with sliced grilled chicken, toasted almonds, sesame oil, and red chile flakes.

Broccoli Chicken Almond Sauté
Elise Bauer

One of the things I love about cooking is how some ingredients, tossed together on a whim, can turn out unexpectedly well. Like two people meeting for the first time, instantly recognizing they will be friends forever (has that ever happened to you?)

Dear broccoli, meet toasted almond, and her friends grilled chicken, sesame oil, and red chili flakes. You are all going to get along swimmingly.

This was one of those what-can-we-put-together-for-dinner-with-what-we-have-on-hand meals that was a surprising success. We almost always have broccoli in the fridge, because it keeps well, and I could eat it practically every day without tiring of it.

Broccoli Chicken Almond Sauté
Elise Bauer

Toasted almonds are another well-loved pantry item—great for snacking, and good for you too. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are usually not my favorite (give me bone-in, skin-on thighs any day), but they are wonderfully convenient when you want a quick meal.

No fuss.

The big "ah hah" with this dish? Broccoli and toasted almonds are meant for each other!

With a little sesame oil and chili flakes, you don't even need the chicken, so feel free to skip it if you want to go meatless with this one. But, it's great with the chicken too.

Broccoli, Chicken, and Almond Sauté

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

The amounts are estimates, adjust to your taste.


  • 1/2 to 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts

  • Kosher salt

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • Your favorite spice rub for grilling (optional)

  • 1 pound broccoli florets

  • 1/4 teaspoon chile flakes (more to taste)

  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped

  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put salted water on to boil:

    Put a 2 quart pot of salted water (about 1 Tbsp of salt) on to boil. While the water is heating, start the chicken cooking in the next step.

  2. Season the chicken breasts:

    Place the chicken breasts in a bowl and sprinkle seasoning on all sides. Use at a minimum some salt. Or if you have a favorite spice rub, you can use that too.

  3. Sear and slice the chicken breasts:

    Heat a grill pan, or prepare a grill, for high, direct heat. (If you don't have a grill pan or grill, use a cast iron skillet, and only season the chicken with salt.)

    Rub some olive oil all over the chicken breasts. Grill the breasts for a few minutes on each side to get some nice char marks, then lower the temperature to low and leave on the grill until the breasts are just almost cooked through.

    They'll cook a little longer in the sauté pan, so they can still be a little pink in the middle at this point.

    Remove from pan or grill, set aside for a minute, then thinly slice.

  4. Blanch broccoli florets:

    Once the chicken has cooked and the water is boiling, add the broccoli florets to the salted boiling water. Allow the water to come back to a boil, and once boiling again, let cook for about 1 minute. Drain.

    blanch broccoli
    Elise Bauer
  5. Stir-fry chili flakes, broccoli, chicken, toasted almonds:

    Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan on high heat. Add the red chili flakes. Once the red chili flakes are sizzling, add the broccoli florets, sliced grilled chicken, and toasted almonds.

    stir fry broccoli, chicken, almonds
    Elise Bauer

    Drizzle dark sesame oil over the broccoli and chicken, sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss and cook until all of the chicken pieces are no longer at all pink in the center, a minute or two.

    Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
243 Calories
13g Fat
11g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 74mg 369%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 568mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.