Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
I'm not a big fan of Chinese food, but I will eat this popular dish when I'm with others who want to eat at a Chinese restaurant. I found this recipe in Martha Stewart's Food Everyday and it tastes really good! This is one of my husband's favorite dish so he was thrilled when I made it at home. This lighter version uses skinless chicken breasts, a light batter, and just a bit of oil for pan-frying to get the right texture with less fat.
- 1 1⁄4 cups long grain brown rice
- 1⁄4 cup cornstarch
- 1 lb snow peas or 1 lb sugar snap pea, trimmed and halved crosswise
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced
- 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
- 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 large egg whites
- coarse salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower (you might need a little more)
- Cook rice according to package instructions.
- Meanwhile, in large bowl, stir together 1 T cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water until smooth.
- Add snow peas or sugar snap 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 T cornstarch, 1/2 t salt and 1/4 t pepper.
- Add chicken and toss to coat.
- In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 T oil over medium-high heat.
- Lift half the chicken from egg-white mixture (shaking off excess) and add to skillet.
- Cook, turning occasionally, until golden, 6-8 minutes.
- Transfer to a plate, repeat with remaining oil and chicken, and set aside (reserve skillet).
- Add snow pea mixture to skillet.
- Cover and cook until snow peas are tender and sauce has thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Return chicken to skillet (with any juices); toss to coat.
- Serve with the rice.
I am going going to leave a star rating because I made quite a few changes. But here are my thoughts: I made this, leaving out the ginger because I do not have fresh and have read that ground ginger is not an acceptable substitute. I also just floured the chicken pieces instead of using the suggested batter because I was also out of eggs and hadn't realized it until after I'd already started making it. Regardless, my husband and I both really liked it. For the first few bites, the flavor hadn't fully hit me yet. I thought it was good though. But by the time my husband and I both finished eating it, we both wanted more! This stuff is addictive! It will definitely be going into our regular rotation. Thank you!
A pretty good alternative to the take-out restaurant. The batter was interesting as it was essentially the "non-Newtonian fluid" from science class (solid when compressed, liquid when not). If you like less sauce, reduce the recipe by a quarter or by half. Up the chili (and leave the seeds in) if you like it hotter. Overall, a pretty respectable attempt at Chinese food at home.
Tastes rather good, and is of course good and healthy, compared with the usual deep-fried version!