Monday, May 24, 2010

Friday: Yummy Chicken Cashew Dinner with Brown Rice

This stir-fry dish is packed with a ton of flavor. My family really enjoyed it. Honestly, any dish that has rice in it, my daughter will eat it. That's probably her favorite food right now...rice. Plain. No frilly chopped vegetables or sauce with it. Just rice. Our favorite take out is sushi, so she gets one of those "children plates" that has a mound of rice with it. That's the first thing she attacks.
This is another Cooking Light dish, so you know it will be low in calories. Only 257 per 3/4 cup, without the rice. Here's to healthy eating!

Chicken Cashew Recipe
4 servings

3 TB low-sodium soy sauce, divided

2 TB dry sherry
4 tsp cornstarch, divided
1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 cup chicken broth, fat-free less sodium
1 tsp chili-garlic sauce
1 TB honey
2 tsp sesame oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped
1 TB ginger, grated and peeled
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup cashews, dry roasted and unsalted

1. Combine 1 TB soy sauce, sherry, 2 tsp cornstarch, and chicken. Toss well. Combine remaining 2 TB soy sauce, remaining 2 tsp cornstarch, broth, chili-garlic sauce and honey in a small bowl.
2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken mix to pan, sautee 3 minutes. Remove from pan. Heat remaining 1 tsp oil in pan. Add onion, celery, and bell pepper to pan, saute 2 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and sautee for 1 more minute. Return chicken mix to pan, sautee for 1 minute. Pour in broth mixture. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with green onions and cashews.

Plan and Prep Ahead

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner.

~Chop up onion, celery, bell pepper and green onion. Keep refrigerated until time of use. 
~Mix together soysauce, cornstarch, chili-garlic sauce, broth and honey in small bowl. Keep refrigerated until time of use. 


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP?

~Replace chicken with pork for variety.
~Instead of cashews use roasted sunflower seeds. 

~Try different vegetablesd like baby bok-choy, broccoli and bamboo shoots to change it up. 
~Instead of serving this with rice, try soba noodles.


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