Monthly Archives: September 2013

Pacific Rim Stir-Fry

This is a great stir-fry!! Next time I make this I would add more crushed red pepper as I found the taste a little bland. This recipe was taken from Better Homes and Gardens “New Cookbook”.

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3 ounces rice sticks or rice noodles or thin vermicelli, broken
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breast halves
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon chile oil or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 medium carrots, cut into short strips or thinly sliced (1 cup)
2 cups broccoli florets
1 red or green sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch strips (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup cashew halves or peanuts

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1. In a saucepan cook rice sticks or rice noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes. (Or cook vermicelli according to package directions.) Drain; set aside and keep warm.
2. Cut chicken into thin, bite-size strips. For sauce, combine broth, soy sauce, dried basil (if using), cornstarch, chile oil, and turmeric; set aside.
3. Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet. (If necessary, add more oil during cooking.) Heat over medium-high heat. Add carrots to wok; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broccoli; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Add sweet pepper; cook and stir for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from wok. Add chicken to wok; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until no longer pink. Push chicken from centre of wok. Stir sauce; add to centre of wok. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Return vegetables to wok; add fresh basil (if using). Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice sticks; sprinkle with cashews.

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I love the crunchy texture of the chicken with the crispy lettuce. This recipe was taken from The Best of Bridge “The Rest of the Best and More”. I have been making this recipe for years. I always dice chicken breast, but in the pictures posted I used equal parts ground chicken thigh with diced chicken breast.

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SAUCE
3/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp liquid honey
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tsp sesame oil
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tsp freshly grated ginger

WRAPS
2 boneless chicken breasts
1/3 cup grated carrot
2 green onions, diagonally sliced
1 cup dry steam-fried noodles
1/2 cup unsalted peanuts, chopped
1 head iceberg lettuce, separated into whole leaves, core removed

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1. In a small saucepan, over medium-low heat, blend sauce ingredients. Set aside to cool. Poach chicken in a small amount of water until no longer pink. Cool. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then dice to about 1/4″ (6 mm). In medium bowl, toss chicken, carrots and onion with enough sauce to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes. Add noodles and peanuts, gently toss with more sauce to coat.

TO SERVE: Set out lettuce and chicken mixture. Let guests wrap their own. Serve extra sauce on the side.

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Sesame Noodle Salad with Shredded Chicken

I loved the sesame flavour in this recipe. I used the 12 ounces of dried spaghetti since I could not find fresh Chinese egg noodles.  This recipe is taken from Cook’s Illustrated “The New Best Recipe” cookbook.

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1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup chunky peanut butter
2 medium garlic coves, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
5 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (I used Tabasco sauce)
2 tablespoons lightly packed light brown sugar
Hot water
1 tablespoon salt
1 pound fresh Chinese egg noodles or 12 ounces dried spaghetti
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
4 boneless, skinless chicken halves (1 1/2 pounds), trimmed of excess fat
4 scallions, sliced thin on the diagonal
1 medium carrot, peeled and grated on the large hoes of a box grater (about 2/3 cup)

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1. Toast the sesame seeds in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently until golden and fragrant, 7 to 10 minutes. Reserve 1 tablespoon sesame seeds in a small bowl. In a blender or food processor, purée the remaining 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, the peanut butter, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, vinegar, hot pepper sauce, and brown sugar until smooth, about 30 seconds. With the machine running, add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the sauce has the consistency of heavy cream, about 5 tablespoons; set the mixture aside (it can be left in the blender jar or food processor workbowl).

2. Bring 6 quarts water to a boil in a stockpot. Add the salt and noodles to the boiling water; boil the noodles until tender, about 4 minutes for fresh and 10 minutes for dried. Drain, then rinse under cold running water until cool to the touch; drain again. In a large bowl, toss the noodles with the sesame oil until evenly coated. Set aside.

3. Meanwhile, adjust an oven rack to 6 inches from the broiler element; heat the broiler. Spray the broiler pan top with vegetable cooking spray; place the chicken breasts on top and broil until lightly browned, 4 to 8 minutes. Using tongs, flip the chicken over and continue to broil until the thickest part is no longer pink when cut into and registers about 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add the shredded chicken, scallions, carrot, and sauce to the prepared noodles; toss to combine. Divide among individual bowls, sprinkle each bowl with some of the reserved sesame seeds, and serve.