Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Spicy Garlic and Ginger Chicken with Green Beans

I've been trying to perfect Chinese-style dishes at home since we don't have a good Chinese restaurant nearby. Christine raved about this recipe for Spicy Garlic and Ginger Chicken with Green Beans so I knew I had to try it.

Saucy Chicken

I used the leftover green beans from Thanksgiving since they were already steamed and needed to be used up anyway. This came together in no time and was delicious, with a nice, mild heat from the Sriracha thanks to the sugar.

Spicy Garlic and Ginger Chicken with Green Beans
As seen on Christine's Kitchen Chronicles

3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable, divided
2 teaspoon chili sauce (recommend Sriracha!)
2 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 4 tsp cold water
1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3-4 cups green beans, steamed
Sesame oil
Sesame seeds

Combine the soy sauce, vinegar sugar, garlic, ginger, 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable oil, and chili sauce in a bowl. Whisk to combine and then set aside.

In a large non-stick skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable and heat until shimmering. Add the chicken and cook until white and nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the steamed green beans to the skillet. Pour in sauce mixture and allow to simmer for 2 minutes. Add the cornstarch slurry. Return to a simmer and cool until thickened (it should coat a spoon).

Drizzle with sesame oil and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve over rice.

Allergy note - I left out the sesame oil and seeds because of Baby Girl's nut allergy (according to the research I've done it isn't safe).
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5 comments:

  1. I know the feeling we don't have any good ones locally so I have had to perfect my skills at home as well. This looks delicious I will have to give it a taste.

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  2. sounds delicious! can't wait to try... also, just FYI about your FYI - my daughter is highly allergic to ALL tree nuts but she is fine with sesame oil and sesame seeds... i just wanted to share in case your baby girl accidentally gets some sesame products in her system that at least one little girl is ok with it!

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  3. Isn't it sad that we don't have any good Chinese restaurants around here?? I need to make the trip to Chinatown soon. This recipe looks great!

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  4. We recently cut back our eating out budget. This looks like a tasty, yet easy meal for what would have previously been a Chinese take-out night!

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  5. Glad you enjoyed it. By the way, my brother also has a nut allergy (all kinds) but he's never had an issue with sesame oil. Same thing with peanut oil (he's VERY allergic to actual peanuts). I think it's because the proteins are denatured in the oil production process. But, I don't blame you in leaving it out. Rather be safe than sorry!

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