Chicken and broccoli stir-fry

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 bunch Broccoli
1 Sweet red pepper
2 larges Green onions
½ cup Chicken stock
3 Boneless; skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Soy sauce
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 tablespoon Oyster sauce
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
3 tablespoons Vegetable oil
¼ teaspoon Chili paste or hot sauce
3 Cloves garlic; minced
1 tablespoon Minced ginger
¼ cup Halved cashew nuts

submitted by: zarina@... (Zarina Alloo, Minneapolis, MN) Here's a stir-fry recipe that is simply delicious! I normally use more chili paste than called in the recipe. But than I like my food HOT and SPICY! I haven't substituted other vegetables in these recipes, but I suppose you could experiment with snow peas, cauliflower, carrots, etc...

Cut broccoli into florets; peel and cut stalks on diagonal into ¼-inch thick slices. Seed and cut red pepper into 1-inch squares. Halve green onions lengthwise, then cut on diagonal into 2-inch pieces. Cut chicken into 2x1-inch strips. Set each ingredient aside separately.

Whisk together: ¼ cup of the chicken stock, soy sauce, cornstarch, oyster sauce, sesame oil and chili paste; set aside. Heat a wok or deep skillet over high heat until drop of water sprinkled on surface sizzles into steam.

Pour in half of the oil and swirl wok to evenly coat side of pan; heat for 30 seconds. Add half of the chicken breasts, stir-fry by lifting and tossing chicken for 3 to 4 minutes or until no longer pink inside. Remove to plate. Repeat with remaining chicken, adding more oil if necessary.

Transfer chicken to plate.

Add remaining oil to wok. Stir-fry garlic and ginger for 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add broccoli and red pepper; stir-fry for 1 minute. Add onions; stir-fry for 30 seconds. Pour in remaining ¼ cup stock. Cover and steam for 2 minutes or until broccoli is tender-crisp, stirring once.

Return chicken to wok. Push contents of wok to side of pan. Pour soy mixture into center of wok; cook, stirring, for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir vegetables and chicken into sauce until glazed and coated.

Sprinkle with cashew nuts. Remove to a serving platter or dish and serve immediately.

VARIATION: Orange-Beef Stir-Fry: Substitute ¾ lb thinly sliced sirloin (steak) for chicken; stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned but still pink inside. Use beef stock instead of chicken stock. Omit oyster sauce; add ¼ cup orange juice and 1 tablespoon orange rind. Substitute 1 tablespoon sesame seeds for cashew nuts.

TIPS: Cut the ingredients for any stir-fry to a uniform size to ensure even cooking. You can make this stir-fry truly a last-minute cooking by preparing the ingredients in the morning and refrigerating them in separate covered bowls or airtight containers. Then, when ready to cook, set the bowls by the wok in the order of use.

DAVE <DAVIDG@...>

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