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Chicken and vegetable stir-fry

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 11:53 PM
Chicken and vegetable stir-fry.

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After the holidays, our appetites can go in a couple of different directions.

On the one hand, after a steady diet of stuffed birds and figgy puddings, we seek something lighter, something that feels clean and simple. On the other hand, we want food that's satisfying.

What to do, what to do?

What's that I see?

(Insert upbeat superhero music here.) A stir-fry on the horizon? (Insert hoofbeats.) Why, that's just the thing.

This is fast, simple and immensely flavourful without being heavy.

Chicken And Vegetable Stir-Fry With Ginger and Oyster Sauce

Serves 4

Start to finish: 35 minutes

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch dice

1 tsp kosher salt, divided

1/2 tsp freshly ground black

pepper

1 tbs cornstarch

2 tbs oyster sauce

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp sugar

2 tbs vegetable oil, divided

2 tsp minced fresh ginger

1/2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed and de-stringed

1 cup diced red bell pepper

8 ounces baby spinach

1/2 cup chicken broth

Hot cooked rice or quinoa to serve

Method

1. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with about half of the salt, pepper and the cornstarch until the chicken is well coated. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the oyster sauce, sesame oil and sugar.

3. Heat a large skillet or wok, preferably non-stick, over medium high heat. Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in the pan, then add the ginger and garlic and give a brief stir. Add the chicken and stir fry until it turns white, about 2 minutes.

Transfer the partially cooked chicken to a plate with a slotted spoon.

4. Return the pan to medium high heat. Add the remaining tablespoon oil, then add the sugar snap peas and peppers and saute for 1 minute.

Then add the spinach by the handful and stir-fry until it wilts, adding more as the volume goes down, until all of the spinach is added and somewhat wilted.

5. Add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer. Add the oyster sauce mixture, and return the partially cooked chicken to the pan.

6.Simmer, stirring occasionally for another 2 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Serve over the hot rice or quinoa.

Nutritional information:

Nutrition information per serving: 242 calories; 94 calories from fat; 11 g fat (1 g saturated; X g trans fats); 62 mg cholesterol; 578 mg sodium; 12 g carbohydrate; 3 g fibre; 4 g sugar; 23 g protein.