Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sesame Chicken with Snow Peas

Normally I can think of a really neat intro. This post just gets to start with, "Golly Gee this was delicious!" It is one of the recipes we wanted to try out of October's edition of Food Network Magazine. We did this just in time since November's issue just came out. It is filled with Thanksgiving foods, which I am totally ok with. I am silly excited for Thanksgiving this year and I look forward to the neat foods we'll get to try leading up to T-Day.

5 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
4 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons honey
1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
6 teaspoons canola oil
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons sugar
3 to 4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
4 cups snow peas, trimmed


1. Whisk 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sesame oil and the honey in a bowl.
2. Toss in the chicken and marinate 20 minutes.
3. Remove the chicken from the marinade
4. Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
5. Cook the chicken i until browned, 3 to 5 minutes
6. Transfer the chicken to a plate and wipe out the skillet.
7. Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in the skillet.
8. Add the scallions
9. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
10. Whisk the broth, sugar, cornstarch, vinegar and 2 tablespoons soy sauce in a bowl
11. Add to the skillet and cook, stirring, until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.
12. Stir in 2 teaspoons sesame oil.
13. Meanwhile, cook the snow peas in a steamer basket set over a few inches of boiling water until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
14. Return the chicken to the skillet with the sauce and heat through.
15. Plate and Eat!

Per serving: Calories 390; Fat 17 g (Saturated 3 g); Cholesterol 90 mg; Sodium 700 mg; Carbohydrate 23 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 35 g


Chicken Marinating

After adding the broth to the scallions, garlic and ginger

Snow peas!

We cut up the chicken before re-introducing it to the mix

Stove top in full swing

Post chicken addition

Pea juice!

And on the plate

I let Marc take the pictures today so there are a bunch of steps missing. Oh well.

One of the neat things about this recipe is that it gave the nutritional information. We used less chicken and ate more snow peas (I think anyway). But this gives a pretty good estimate as to what was/will be consumed:

Calories 390
Fat 17 g (Saturated 3 g)
 Cholesterol 90 mg
Sodium 700 mg
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 3 g
Protein 35 g

*The recipe that is posted has been modified from the original.
1) We didn't use chili paste. Those wanting to the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon to be added to the broth mixture.
2) We did use toasted sesame seeds. I didn't feel like digging for them in the spice cabinet. They're added as a topping so I didn't mind skipping them.

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