Sunday, April 26, 2015

Easy Sesame Garlic Stir Fry

Super good.

A little spicy, a little salty, a little crunchy, YUM.

I think I can speak for most people when I say that Chinese Food ROCKS.  I could seriously eat it every day.  (Big up to Winner in Mt. Pocono!) But realistically, who can do it?  Besides it being loaded with grease, fat, and MSG, there is also a crap ton of sodium in chinese cooking.  I still hold to treating yourself now and again, but when you really want to take the edge off, this is a great recipe to go to.

I start by marinating the chicken.  This gives it so much flavor, and helps it keep from drying out.

What you'll need:

4 chicken breasts
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tsp Sriracha sauce
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vineger (lime juice is okay too)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp chopped garlic.
1/2 cup water

Mix all ingredients together, and pour over chicken in a ziploc or bowl with a tight fitting lid.  Add some water to help cover the chicken if you need to.  I let it marinate overnight, but at least an hour is okay too.

What you'll need next:

A large wok or non-stick frying pan
6 cups of vegetables (I used red pepper, broccoli, zucchini)
2 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp chipped garlic
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp olive oil

Now, take the chicken from the marinade (DO NOT THROW AWAY- set it to the side) and cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.

Add 1 tsp olive oil and 1 tsp sesame oil to the hot pan, and add the chicken.  Brown on all sides, and remove from the pan and set to the side.  Lower the heat, and add garlic and ginger and allow to become fragrant and softened.  Add vegetables to the pan, pour the remaining marinade over the top and cover.  Stir occasionally, allow to cook for about 5-7 minutes or until the vegetables are at your desired level of doneness (nice word, huh?).  Mix the chicken back in and serve!
(You can add more oil to the pan if you need to, or add more soy if it dries out. I try to be minimal).


(21 Day Fixers- I served with brown rice, so my portion in the end was 2 green, 1 red, 1 yellow, and 1 tsp).

Tip-Replace the chicken in this recipe with any protein you like!  Beef strips, shrimp, or a meaty fish.  If you're marinating shrimp or fish, don't let it go longer then 30 minutes.

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