Stir-Fried Chicken With Bell Peppers

Chicken stir-fry with bell peppers

Lisa Wiltse/Contributor

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
458 Calories
27g Fat
21g Carbs
33g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 458
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 379mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 33g
Calcium 94mg 7%
*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.)

Two types of soy sauce add flavor to this recipe for stir-fried chicken with onion and sweet bell peppers.


  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry (divided)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch (divided)
  • 4 tablespoons chicken broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil for stir-frying (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled, finely chopped)
  • 1/2 medium onion (peeled, finely chopped)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 green onion (finely chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a bowl, marinate the chicken with the light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine or dry sherry, pepper, and 3 teaspoons cornstarch, adding the cornstarch last. Let the chicken stand while preparing the other ingredients.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth or water, 1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine or dry sherry, sugar, and sesame oil. Whisk in 1 teaspoon cornstarch.

  3. Heat a wok over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add half the ginger and garlic. Stir for about 10 seconds until aromatic, then add the chicken. Stir-fry the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes, until it turns white and is nearly cooked. Splash a bit of rice wine or dry sherry over the chicken while stir-frying if desired. Remove from the wok and drain in a colander or on paper towels. Clean out the wok.

  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the wok. Add the remainder of the ginger and garlic and stir for about 10 seconds until aromatic. Add the onion and green bell pepper. Stir-fry for a minute, then add the red bell pepper. Continue stir-frying for another minute, adding a bit of rice wine or dry sherry, chicken broth or water if the vegetables start to dry out.

  5. Push the vegetables to the side and add the chicken. Stir briefly, then push to the sides. Re-stir the sauce and add it into the middle of the wok, stirring quickly to thicken. Stir to mix everything together. Stir in the green onion and serve hot over rice.