Bhutanese Chile Chicken With Red Rice

"This recipe is based on a spicy stir-fry served hroughout the Himalayas and the country of Bhutan. Use any type of hot chile pepper - jalapeno, Thai chiles etc. I have modified the traditional recipe to be lower in sodium and fat. The red rice makes it naturally higher in fibre."
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  • Cook whole-grain red rice according to package directions in unsalted water.
  • Cut the chicken into 2.5 cm (1") cubes and toss with cornstarch making sure all pieces are totally coated. If not, add a bit more cornstarch.
  • Heat the canola/vegetable oil over medium heat in a non-stick wok or skillet. Cook chicken until pieces are browned on both sides and slightly crispy. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Add 15 ml of sesame oil, sliced onions, minced garlic and ginger and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add chopped peppers and sliced tomato wedges and cook another 2 minutes. Return chicken to pan and heat through. Season with soy sauce.
  • Serve over cooked red rice on a heated serving platter.

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  1. This has 5 star potential. Good meal. Called for ingredients such as oil, sesame oil, not listed in the ingredients, so throws you off guard, as well as what to do with ingredients such as the ginger, etc. Used to ingredients/directions that flow better, since I follow step-by-step. Thanks, the Guppy Gourmet!
  2. It was good, just the ingrediets and no spices really, besides chili pepper, so the taste was quite mellow and with a little sharp kick.
  3. Very tasty. Flavorful and spicy hot too. This is a quick and easy, outstanding meal. Serves well over Basmati rice. I made some pork pot stickers on the side and everyone was happy.
  4. Quick, easy and with great flavor. Made with regular sticky rice and turned out well.


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