Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

This is one of those recipes that just pops in my head and I know I have to have it. It's such a good staple in my dinner rotation, and it never gets old! I hope you like it, too:)

Begin by making the marinade. In a shallow dish combine garlic, ginger, sugar, corn starch, kosher salt, soy sauce, water, and sesame oil.

Cut up the chicken and toss with the marinade, set aside.

Next prep the broccoli.  Cut up the stalks into 1/2" pieces, and the florets into bite size pieces, keeping them separate on a plate. You'll also need garlic and ginger and some chicken broth ready to go.

Heat a large pan to high, add in canola oil, sesame oil, and the broccoli stalks cook for 1 minute.

Next add in the florets, garlic, ginger and water, cook for another 2 minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Add in the chicken, but not the marinade (yet). Allow the chicken to brown.

Add in the marinade and cook through.

Then add back the broccoli along with cashews and cook through for another minute. At this point use just enough chicken broth to deglaze the pan (I don't usually need the whole cup) and make a little sauce to go with the stir fry. Enjoy over brown rice:)

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

4 cloves garlic, smashed
4" fresh ginger, minced
4 T sugar
2 T corn starch
2 t kosher salt
2 T soy sauce
2 T water
2 t sesame oil

Combine marinade ingredients in a shallow dish or bowl. Add sliced chicken and allow to sit while preparing the remaining ingredients.

Stir Fry:
2-3 chicken breasts, sliced thin and marinated
2 heads broccoli, stems cut into 1/2 " pieces, florets cut into bite size pieces, keep separate on a plate
4 cloves garlic, minced
4" fresh ginger, minced
2 T water
1 c cashews
1 c chicken broth
canola oil and sesame oil for cooking

Heat a large pan over high heat. Place 2 tablespoons canola oil and1 teaspoon sesame oil in pan, add in broccoli stalks and cook for 1 minute. Add in florets, garlic, ginger and water and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove to a plate and set aside. Add in more oil if necessary and add chicken, leaving as much marinade as possible in dish (throw out the smashed garlic). Brown chicken thoroughly. Add in remaining marinade allowing to cook through, then add broccoli and cashews, stirring to coat. Add as much chicken broth as you need to deglaze the pan and making a sauce, serve over brown rice.

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