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A quick, nutritious, and delicious chicken stir-fry in a spicy seasoning sauce with added frozen vegetables, soy sauce, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes, then served over a bed of white cooked rice.

(Last Updated On: October 12, 2023)

This spicy canned chicken stir-fry dinner with frozen vegetables is easy to prepare, and so delicious. The best part about this quick meal, is dinner is ready in about 20 minutes, give or take a few minutes. That’s nice when you are in a hurry to get dinner on the table for your family. If you keep the basic pantry staples in the kitchen at all times, you can make this easy meal any day of the week when you are running short on time.

If you love easy weeknight dinners, you must also try chicken and noodle casserole with red peppers, old-fashioned tuna noodle casserole, or our hot and spicy tacos!

Spicy chicken stir-fry dinner served over white rice.

Chicken stir-fry is a tasty meal for the whole family. However, this chicken stir-fry recipe is more for adults who like some hot and spicy flavor in their meal.

The hot flavor comes from the red pepper flakes that are included in the recipe. It may be a bit too spicy for the little ones, but you can always reduce the number of red pepper flakes. You can also increase the amount of red pepper flakes if you like really hot and spicy food. Either way, it’s super delicious! My granddaughters learned to love spicy food from little on.

🔪 Key Ingredients

Spicy Stir-Fry Seasoning Sauce

Ingredients for spicy chicken stir-fry.
Ingredients for spicy chicken stir-fry.

👩‍🍳 How to Make Spicy Canned Chicken Stir-Fry (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

First things first – this chicken stir-fry is served over a bed of long grain white rice, so you can get that started cooking now if you prefer. Follow the instructions on the back of the rice package.

Step 1. Brown the Chicken in Olive Oil

Drain the liquid out of each can of chicken breast. Then, put 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet and let it heat up for about a half of a minute or so, and then add the chicken breast to the skillet.

Cook the chicken breast for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat until lightly browned. Stir the chicken around in the frying pan while it is browning. This will also help separate the bigger chunks of chicken, but don’t break up the chicken too much.

Olive oil and premium canned chicken in a frying pan.
Olive oil and premium canned chicken in a frying pan.

Step 2. Add the Stir-Fry Vegetables

The next thing to do is add 2 bags of frozen Asian stir-fry vegetables together with the chicken in the frying pan. You can switch out one of the bags of frozen Asian stir-fry vegetables and use 1 bag of frozen broccoli stir-fry vegetables (or your favorite stir-fry vegetables) instead.

Mix the vegetables and the chicken in the frying pan and until heated through and until the vegetables are tender. You can also add any of your favorite vegetables at this time if you prefer.

Add the frozen vegetables.
Frozen stir-fry vegetables are added to the chicken.

Step 3. Simmer the Chicken and Vegetables

Turn the burner down to medium heat and let the veggies and chicken simmer for a few more minutes while we make the spicy stir-fry seasoning sauce in the next step.

Chicken and vegetables are simmering in the frying pan.
Chicken and vegetables are simmering in the frying pan.

Step 4. Prepare the Spicy Stir-Fry Seasoning Sauce

In a small bowl, mix 1 package of Sun Bird stir-fry seasoning mix together with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 2/3 cups of water, and 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Then, add this to the chicken and vegetable mixture. Cook over medium heat until heated through. Serve while hot over a bed of rice.

Add the seasoning sauce and thicken it up.
Chicken and vegetables are simmering in the frying pan.

🌟 Recipe Variations

  • You can add extra fresh veggies along with the frozen veggies to the chicken stir-fry during the last few minutes of simmering, such as chopped green onions, canned green beans, extra broccoli florets, snow peas, baby corn, or snap peas.
  • Add sliced red bell peppers or yellow bell peppers when you add the frozen veggies to the frying pan.
  • If you like teriyaki sauce, squirt a little bit in the frying pan together with the chicken stir-fry while it is cooking on the stove.
  • Baked boneless skinless chicken breasts, chicken thighs, or chicken legs can be used instead of canned chicken.
  • Sprinkle ground black pepper or any of your favorite seasonings on the chicken stir-fry while it is cooking in the skillet or when it is ready to be served.
  • Our spicy chicken stir-fry is served over a bed of cooked white rice. However, there are other options you can choose from. For example, you can use any cooked rice you prefer, such as brown rice, or rice noodles. Or maybe you would rather try something different, such as mashed potatoes or a baked potato on the side.
  • Garnish each serving with a few sprinkles of sesame seeds.
Spicy chicken stir-fry on a plate.
Spicy canned chicken stir-fry on a plate.

🙋 FAQs

What do I do with Leftover Spicy Canned Chicken Stir-Fry?

Put any leftover chicken stir-fry in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I always like to eat any leftover food within three days. After that, I’m leery of icky stuff (bacteria) that could possibly start growing on it, which in some cases you can’t even see it, and it could make you very sick.

Final stir fry dish.
Chicken stir-fry on a plate.

💡 Final Thoughts

This is an easy chicken stir-fry recipe to prepare. Using canned chicken and frozen vegetables is the key to making this such a quick meal to make. Just slightly brown the chicken chunks in the frying pan, add the rest of the ingredients, then heat it up. The cooking time is about 20 minutes or however hot you like your food.

The amazing flavor of this chicken stir-fry comes from the stir-fry seasoning mix, brown sugar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. The next time you are in need of a quick dinner with simple ingredients that includes a combination of chicken and lots of veggies, this chicken stir-fry is the perfect recipe to serve to your hungry family.

Pin image for chicken stir fry.

💑 More Chicken Recipes You Will Love

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  • Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole (Instant Pot) – This chicken and rice casserole is super easy to prepare with brown rice, veggies, and shredded cheddar cheese. Dinner is served in about 36 minutes, and it tastes fantastic.
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Close up shot of chicken stir fry.

🗂️ Recipe Card

Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Frozen Vegetables.

Spicy Canned Chicken Stir-Fry (Quick)

A quick, nutritious, and delicious chicken stir-fry in a spicy seasoning sauce with added frozen vegetables, soy sauce, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes, then served over a bed of white cooked rice.
5 from 4 votes
Cost $12
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings 4

🫕 Equipment

🧂 Ingredients

  • 2 cans premium chunk chicken breast (12.5 ounce each)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 bags Asian stir-fry vegetables – frozen (16 ounces each)

Spicy Stir-Fry Seasoning Sauce

👩‍🍳 Instructions

  • Put the olive oil in a frying pan. Let it heat up for a minute or so.
  • Add the cans of chicken breast. Cook on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the frozen stir-fry vegetables. Reduce the heat to medium.

Spicy Stir-Fry Seasoning Sauce

  • In a medium bowl, combine the stir-fry seasoning mix, cornstarch, brown sugar, soy sauce, water, and red pepper flakes.
  • Add the sauce to the chicken and vegetables.
  • Cook until heated through, and the vegetables are tender.
  • Serve over a bed of cooked white rice.

*️⃣ Recipe Notes

  • If you don’t like spicy, leave out the red pepper flakes.
  • If you want a little bit of spicy flavor, but not overwhelming, add half the amount listed in the recipe, which would be about 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.
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