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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  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.

  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!

  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!

  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!

  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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