Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Recipe from Cooking Light

This chicken stir-fry dish balances salty, sweet, tangy, and spicy ingredients. Spoon it alongside a quick rice pilaf for the perfect meal.

Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut lengthwise into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped unsalted cashews
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups julienne-cut red bell pepper (about 1 large)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions

Preparation

Prep Time:

  1. 1. Combine 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and next 4 ingredients (through hot pepper sauce) in a small bowl; stir with a whisk.
  2. 2. Combine remaining 2 3/4 teaspoons cornstarch, remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and chicken in a medium bowl; toss well to coat.
  3. 3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cashews to pan; cook 3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring frequently. Remove from pan.
  4. 4. Add oil to pan, swirling to coat. Add chicken mixture to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan; place in a bowl. Add bell pepper to pan; sauté 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and ginger; cook 30 seconds. Add chicken and cornstarch mixture to pan; cook 1 minute or until sauce is slightly thick. Sprinkle with cashews and green onions.
  5. Quick rice pilaf: Cook 1 (10-ounce) package frozen white rice (such as Birds Eye SteamFresh) according to package directions. Combine cooked rice, 2 tablespoons drained chopped water chestnuts, 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.
Barbara Lauterbach,
April 2009

Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 324
  • Fat: 16.6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 9.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.8g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Carbohydrate: 13.5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 66mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Calcium: 33mg