Barley and Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry

"From: "Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way" by Lorna Sass. "Stir-fries are ideal for quick meals, especially when you have leftover cooked barley--or any other sturdy grain." "To make prep quicker still, purchase the chicken already sliced for stir-fry.""
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  • First make the sauce:.
  • In a bowl, combine the sherry, soy sauce, vinegar, mustard, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, molasses and red pepper flakes.
  • Slice the chicken into thin strips along the grain and place them in a small bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of the sauce and toss the chicken to coat. Set aside.
  • Cut the broccoli florets from the stalks. Reserve the stalks for another purpose. Cut the florets into small pieces about 1 1/2 inches across the top.
  • Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add the peanut oil and swirl to coat the surface. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  • Stir in the chicken, water chestnuts, cooked barley, and remaining sauce. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the chicken is cooked 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in sesame seeds and scallion greens. Add more soy sauce, if needed.
  • Chenin Blanc is the recommended wine to drink with this dish.
  • Option:.
  • Vegetarian Brown Rice and Tofu Stir-Fry:.
  • Instead of chicken, use 1 pound Asian-style baked tofu, cut into cubes.
  • Cook for only 1 minute before adding the sesame seeds.

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  1. jackierpressley_121
    This is delicious! I did add some red pepper, mushrooms, and snow peas because I had them in my refrigerator, and at the end I added some Hoisin Sauce! Can't wait to make it again!
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  2. lolablitz
    Really good, great new way to use barley. I used 2 chicken breasts and 1 1/4 cups of dry barley. I couldn't fit the barley in my pan (I need a wok!) so I mixed it with the sauce in a large bowl. I used half the red pepper flakes which was plenty and the kids liked it. I think I might increase the brown sugar a little next time and use the full amount of 5 spice. A healthy winner, thanks!
  3. Kittencalrecipezazz
    the stir-fry sauce from this was wonderful although I increased the red pepper flakes and the fresh garlic, I used regular low-sodium soy sauce as that is all I had, I will try this again using tamari, I am not sure I would use cooked barley again for stir-fry although I did this time I think it would have been better using the rice, all in all we did enjoy, thanks for sharing Engrossed!
  4. pattikay in L.A.
    Very tasty with a nice blend of textures. I ended up adding a bit more tamari and another splash of sesame oil and a lot of crushed red pepper. Thanks for sharing!


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