How to Toddler-fy Chicken Stir Fry : Easy Dinner Recipe For Less Than $12

Leo simply will not eat red meat. We’ve tried to prepare it in a variety of ways and he still refuses. While we still continuously offer it to him it’s nice to make something he truly enjoys! I made this simple chicken stir fry inspired by a recipe my Mamaw Carolyn sent me recently and I must say Leo was a fan!


  • Chicken – cut into one inch pieces
  • Garlic – 2 cloves
  • Broccoli
  • Red onion
  • Yellow squash
  • Stir fry sauce
  • vegetable oil – or your oil of choice
  • White rice for serving
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions :

  1. Wash and chop your broccoli, squash and onion into bite size pieces. Place in a bowl and set aside
  2. Peel and press your garlic. Place in a glass bowl. Add about 1/4 cup of stir fry sauce. Cut your chicken into one inch pieces and add to the sauce. Toss, cover, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  3. I use my 3 qt instant pot to prepare my rice – but you do you! This is when I put my rice on!
  4. Add vegetable oil to a large skillet or wok.
  5. Once oil is heated add the chicken. Cook continuously until chicken is fully cooked.
  6. Place the chicken on a plate and sit aside. I sat Leo’s chicken aside at this point. It was fully cooked, and I wanted to make sure it was cool by the time I served it. Also, I wanted to minimize the amount of sauce on it, but turned out he liked it even without this step because he needed more.
  7. Add about a tablespoon to your skillet. Now add your vegetables. Stir and fry until tender crisp. Before adding the chicken back in I sat aside a few pieces of the vegetables. Leo hasn’t been eating his broccoli as well as he has in the past, but again I still offer it to him incase he changes his mind!
  8. Add the chicken back in and about 1/2 cup of stir fry sauce. I always say measure with your heart.
  9. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes or so.
  10. Serve over white rice. Add red pepper flakes if desired.

Overall, this is great recipe to make for a weeknight. You can make this for less than $12 and easily feed a family of 4!

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