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May 26, 2009

Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry

Filed under: Chicken, Chinese, Main Dish — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 10:00 pm

I think I go through phases of foods that I become obsessed with for while.  For some reason any time I see an Asian inspired recipe in a magazine I am compelled to make  it!  I love how easy stir-fry is to toss together.   My husband and I got married almost 3 years ago and we received a wok as a shower gift.  Sadly the poor thing is still in it’s box in the closet that we have dubbed my teaching closet and the wedding gifts that we have no room for yet closet!  So look for more stir-fry recipe when that walk gets a new home in the kitchen when we move into a larger house/apartment this summer!

I suggest you try this when you’re in the mood for a light but great meal! I love what the cashews add to this recipe.

Enjoy!

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Chicken, Cashew, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry

source:  Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4  teaspoons  cornstarch, divided
  • 2  tablespoons  low-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 2  teaspoons  dry sherry
  • 1  teaspoon  rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4  teaspoon  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1  pound  chicken breast tenders, cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 1/2  cup  coarsely chopped unsalted cashews
  • 2  tablespoons  canola oil
  • 2  cups  julienne-cut red bell pepper (about 1 large)
  • 1  teaspoon  minced garlic
  • 1/2  teaspoon  minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 3  tablespoons  thinly sliced green onions

Preparation

1. Combine 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through hot pepper sauce) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.

2. Combine remaining 2 3/4 teaspoons cornstarch, remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and chicken in a medium bowl; toss well to coat.

3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cashews to pan; cook 3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Remove from pan.

4. Add oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan; place in a bowl. Add bell pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and ginger; cook 30 seconds. Add chicken and cornstarch mixture to pan; cook 1 minute or until sauce is slightly thick. Sprinkle with cashews and green onions.

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April 3, 2009

Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Peanuts

Filed under: Chicken, Chinese, Main Dish — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 10:33 am

I feel like I’ve been on a stir-fry kick lately.  Maybe it’s because they are so easy to make  and are simple to make for one person.  I actually made this meal for my husband and I this past weekend.  We loved the spiciness and I thought it was pretty interesting  because when I was making it I felt like I was in a Thai restaurant because of the smell.  My husband took the leftovers to work the next day and he said it was great.  The recipe below is for one person so just double it for two people.   I served this over white rice.

Enjoy!

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Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Peanuts

source: Everyday Food, Martha Stewart

Ingredients

Serves 1

  • 1 teaspoon peanut oil
  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast half (6 to 8 ounces), thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 to 1 serrano or jalapeno chile, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 4 ounces snow peas (about 1 1/2 cups), stem ends trimmed
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, torn (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken; cook until browned on one side, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add garlic, chile, snow peas, and 2 tablespoons water; cook until chicken is opaque throughout, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; stir in lime juice, peanuts, and if using, basil.

August 12, 2008

Orange Beef Stir-Fry

Filed under: Beef, Main Dish, Vegetables — Tags: , — bettylou79 @ 10:21 am

This recipe reminds me of Orange Beef that I’ve had in a Thai restaurant. I love the orange taste in this dish, as well as the color of the broccoli and the red pepper. This is another meal that my husband try to have after we’ve gone to the gym because it is pretty fast and doesn’t dirty too many dishes. I found this recipe in my standby Everyday Food magazine. Enjoy!

Orange Beef Stir-Fry

Source: Everyday Food, Martha Stewart

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, (from 1 orange)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 1 pound top or bottom round steak, cut into strips, 2 inches long and 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 bunch (1 pound) broccoli, florets broken into small pieces (reserve stalks for another use)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, (ribs and seeds removed), cut into strips, 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide

Directions

  1. Cook rice according to package instructions; set aside. Meanwhile, in a small bowl or liquid-measuring cup, combine orange juice, vinegar, soy sauce, and sugar; set aside. In a medium bowl, toss beef with cornstarch; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, combine broccoli with 1 cup water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high; cook, partially covered, until broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Discard any water in skillet; wipe with paper towel.
  3. In same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high. When pan is very hot, add half the beef; cook until browned, 2 to 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to plate with broccoli. Repeat with remaining oil and remaining beef, but leave beef in skillet.
  4. Return reserved beef and broccoli to skillet; add orange-juice mixture and bell pepper. Continue cooking over high heat until sauce thickens, 2 to 4 minutes. Serve over rice.

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