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Spicy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

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Spicy Chinese Chicken and Broccoli
  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 25 min
  • Servings 4
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Blogger Lauren Keating shares a favorite recipe inspired by Chinese take out.

Ingredients

Sauce

1/2
cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
3
tablespoons rice vinegar
3
tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
2
teaspoons hoisin sauce
1
teaspoon cornstarch
1
teaspoon packed dark brown sugar
1
teaspoon chili paste

Chicken and Broccoli

1
lb uncooked chicken breast tenders (not breaded)
2
tablespoons cornstarch
1/4
teaspoon pepper
2
tablespoons vegetable oil
1
bunch fresh broccoli, broken into florets (about 3 cups)
1
teaspoon grated gingerroot
5
dried Thai chiles, seeds removed
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
4
green onions, chopped (1/4 cup)

Serve-With

2
cups cooked brown rice

Directions

  • 1 Place steamer basket in 3-quart saucepan; fill with water. Heat over medium-high heat to boiling.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, the brown sugar and chili paste; set aside.
  • 3 Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces. In shallow dish, stir together 2 tablespoons cornstarch and the pepper. Add chicken; toss to coat.
  • 4 In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes on each side or until light golden brown and no longer pink in center.
  • 5 Meanwhile, add broccoli to steamer basket in saucepan; cook 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 6 Remove chicken from skillet; place on plate and set aside. Return skillet to heat. Add gingerroot, chiles and garlic; cook 1 minute. Return chicken to skillet. Add broccoli and sauce; stir to combine. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced to a thick glaze. Stir in green onions. Serve over brown rice.
Tips  

Multi-task! Save time by steaming the broccoli while the chicken cooks.

Resist the temptation to move the chicken around while it cooks. Flipping it just once will help it get a crisp, golden crust.

For a vegetarian version of this dish, substitute extra-firm tofu for the chicken.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
380
(
Calories from Fat
110
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
18%
(
Saturated Fat
2 1/2g
12%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
1160mg
48%
Potassium
510mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
38g
13%
(
Dietary Fiber
5g
20%
,
Sugars
4g
)
Protein
31g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
60%
60%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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