Serve a sweet-and-spicy menu seasoned with the flavors of the Orient in about 30 minutes. (Serves 4)

Kung Pao Chicken

Credit: Randy Mayor

Cool cucumber salad Whisk together 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a medium bowl. Add 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil; 2 seeded, peeled, and sliced cucumbers; 1 medium tomato, cut into wedges; and 2 chopped green onions. Toss to combine.

Short-grain or sticky rice 


Total time: 30 minutes

1. While water boils for rice:
• Prepare and chill salad.

2. While rice cooks:
• Cut vegetables and slice chicken.

3. Cook chicken and vegetables.