Creative title, huh? That just about sums up my night. Yesterday I found a recipe on Martha Stewart's site for a lightened up version of General Tso's Chicken and decided I had to make it for dinner last night. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up what I needed and raced home to cook dinner. I must have been super excited because when I went to take out the recycling this morning, I found this.
I guess I was too pumped about making the chicken that I didn't realized I'd left the keys in the door. Overnight. Once I calmed down some, I started on dinner. It came together pretty quickly and I think this is one meal I will be adding into my rotation. I won't bore you with the details so I'll go right into the recipe.
Lighter General Tso's Chicken
Serves: 4 (or three hungry people!)
- 1 1/4 cups long-grain brown rice
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 pound snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated and peeled
- 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- 2 large egg whites
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
Cook rice according to package instructions. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth. Add snow peas, garlic, ginger, sugar, soy sauce, and red-pepper flakes; toss to combine, and set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together egg whites, remaining 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken, and toss to coat.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Lift half the chicken from egg-white mixture (shaking off excess), and add to skillet. Cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining oil and chicken, and set aside (reserve skillet).
Add snow-pea mixture to skillet. Cover; cook until snow peas are tender and sauce has thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Return chicken to skillet (with any juices); toss to coat. Serve with rice.
I suggest you make this for dinner soon. I may add shredded carrots and cabbage next time to amp up the veggies!
I'm headed out soon for a run then off to hopefully finish my laundry list of Christmas related errands! But, before I go, I will leave you with this... Iced coconut mocha coffee! :) It's just equal parts coffee and chocolate Zico over ice. It's delicious and tastes just like Starbucks!
And a hint as to what I am making this weekend!
I may or may not have a coconut mocha obsession! Don't judge. Enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend. Anything fun planned?
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