Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Recipe of the Week

My kitchen has been a pretty lonely place
lately. I've been so busy getting my cards
ready that I haven't done much cooking.
So this week I'm posting a wishful thinking
recipe. One that I plan on making
this weekend-when I'll actually be able to
have dinner in my own home.

I've been craving Chinese food recently,
but haven't really allowed myself to indulge
because all the places that are close look
a little shady. I found this recipe on
Martha Stewart, and I'm thinking that it
might satisfy the craving.


Light Sesame Chicken

* 3/4 cup brown rice
* 3 tablespoons honey
* 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 1 garlic clove, finely chopped or crushed with a garlic press
* 2 large egg whites
* 1/4 cup cornstarch
* 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 2-inch chunks
* Coarse salt and ground pepper
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
* 4 scallions, thinly sliced
* 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into large florets, stems peeled and thinly sliced

1.Place a steamer basket in a large saucepan, and fill with 1 inch water; set aside for broccoli. Cook rice according to package instructions.

2. Meanwhile, make sauce: In a small bowl, combine honey, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and garlic; set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites and cornstarch. Add chicken; season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.

3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add half the chicken; cook, turning occasionally, until golden and opaque throughout, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining tablespoon oil and chicken. Return all the chicken to skillet; add reserved sauce and scallions, and toss to coat.

4. Meanwhile, place saucepan with steamer basket over high heat; bring water to a boil. Add broccoli, and cook until crisp-tender, 4 to 6 minutes. Serve sesame chicken with broccoli and rice.

*The reader recommendations on this say to use sesame oil,
double the sauce,
add some red pepper flakes, and add some
stir fry veggies. I'll probably
do all of those things-
I'll let you know how it turns out!

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