Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sesame Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

I always forget how quick, easy, delicious, and filling stir-fry can be! 

A great thing to keep in mind when making stir-fry at home, instead of ordering it out somewhere, is that when it comes to ingredients, the possibilities and flavor combinations are endless.  With the wide variety of vegetables out there, it definitely leaves room for creativity, which just so happens to be something I enjoy. 

(Feel free to modify some of the vegetables in this recipe to meet your desired taste.  I'm positive it will still be incredible!)

Sesame Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

2 tsp. canola oil
1 Tbsp. reduced sodium soy sauce
1 lb. chicken breasts cut into bit size pieces
2 cups broccoli florets
1 medium red bell pepper, sliced
½ cup or less of onion slices
1 cup snow peas
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. ground ginger or 1 tsp. Chinese 5-spice powder
1 cup fat free reduced sodium chicken broth
3 tsp. corn starch
2 Tbsp. cold water
2 cups hot cooked brown rice

In a wok, or a large nonstick skillet, heat the canola oil and soy sauce over a medium heat until hot.  Add in the chicken pieces and stir-fry until the chicken is no longer pink in the middle.  Remove the wok from the heat and place the chicken in a bowl.  Set aside.

Place the wok back onto the burner and add in the broccoli, red bell pepper, onions, snow peas, and garlic. Stir-fry the vegetables for about 5-8 minutes, or until they become crisp-tender.  Sprinkle with the ginger, or the 5-spice powder, and continue to cook and stir around for another minute.

Return the chicken to the wok, stir around to combine the vegetables and the chicken then pour in the chicken broth.  Let the broth come to a gentle boil.  In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and the water.  When ready, pour the cornstarch mixture into the boiling chicken broth and let the mixture continue to boil for 2-3 minutes, while stirring constantly.

Remove the wok from the heat and let stand for a few minutes.  This will allow time for the sauce to thicken.   Feel free to serve over a bed of rice or alone.  Either way you choose, it will be delicious!

Inspired by and adapted from Spark Recipes


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