Easy Chicken Stir-Fry

You'll never bother with takeout again after you offer your family this simple and satisfying Chinese-style dish. Both delicious and healthful, it tastes great when served over quick-cooking rice, vermicelli, or cellophane noodles. Before serving, make sure to cut up the chicken and beans into tiny pieces for tots and larger pieces for bigger youngsters.
4 adult servings


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1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Lime juice squeezed from 1/2 lime
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
A few shakes of salt and pepper
2 generous cups haricots verts (thin string beans)
2 scallions
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves


1. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, cornstarch, and lime juice until cornstarch dissolves. Set aside.

2. Rinse chicken; pat dry. Cut chicken into 1/2-inch strips; season with salt and pepper. Trim beans on both ends and chop scallions. Heat vegetable oil in warm wok or very large skillet. Add chicken, beans, and scallions, and stir-fry on high heat until chicken is white throughout, about 5 to 6 minutes. Use a garlic press to add garlic cloves to mixture, and stir-fry another minute. Reduce heat to medium.

3. Stir sauce mixture again to mix through and then pour into pan and cook, stirring, until sauce thickens, about 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Variation: If you and your family prefer more sauce, add 1/2 cup of chicken broth to the sauce mixture.

Created date

October 2003