Stir-Fried Walnut Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + marinating Cook: 20 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 20, 2022
I prepare this simple stir-fry often because I love tasting the results. The meal-in-one recipe is perfect for busy weeknights. —Sharon Allen of Allentown, Pennsylvania


  • 1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 teaspoons plus 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
  • 5 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 3 cups cooked long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 2 teaspoons soy sauce until smooth. Place the chicken in a large resealable plastic bag; add soy sauce mixture. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. In another bowl, combine the remaining cornstarch and soy sauce until smooth. Stir in the broth and ginger; set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken in 2 teaspoons hot oil until no longer pink; remove and keep warm. In the same pan, stir-fry onion and garlic in remaining oil until tender. Add the red pepper, broccoli, carrot and water chestnuts; cook and stir until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  4. Stir broth mixture and stir into vegetables. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Return chicken to the pan; heat through. Serve with rice. Sprinkle with walnuts.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 318 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 572mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.