Asian vegetables, fresh ginger, and soy sauce recall the taste of lo mein. Break the spaghetti before cooking to make it easier to prepare and serve.
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti or linguine, broken in half
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
1 cup red bell pepper strips
8 ounces shiitake mushroom caps, sliced
2 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cream sherry
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups thinly sliced bok choy
3/4 cup sliced green onions
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, divided
1 cup panko (coarse, dry) breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons butter, melted
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add red bell pepper strips and mushrooms; sauté 2 minutes. Add chicken, ginger, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Stir in soy sauce; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
Combine broth and cornstarch, stirring well with a whisk. Add broth mixture to pan, and cook 2 minutes or until mixture is slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in sherry, vinegar, and crushed red pepper. Add pasta, bok choy, green onions, and 2 teaspoons sesame seeds to pan, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray.
Combine breadcrumbs, butter, and remaining sesame seeds; sprinkle evenly over pasta mixture. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until breadcrumbs begin to brown.
At 505 calories per serving, this recipe needed a makeover. In the process, I think the flavors came out much more fully. I used equal portions of whole wheat and regular pasta, but only 6 oz. Used button mushrooms rather than expensive shiitakes, and added about 2 TB chopped jalapenos to the pepper mix and used a whole Tablespoon of minced ginger. I also used only 1/2 cup panko and eliminated the butter entirely, spraying the panko with butter-flavored cooking spray. These changes really made the dish and cut the calories by almost 200 per serving! Next time I might add sliced water chestnuts for more crunch and try cutting the sesame oil to 2 tsp. With these changes, it was delicious and perfect for a family meal, potluck, or buffet table.
This was a big hit in our house. I subbed sugar snap peas for the mushrooms. Next time I will chop the bok choy (& use more since it cooks down so much) & bell peppers smaller to make mixing into the pasta easier. This was a fun change from the usual rice with stir fry & the baking time allowed me to assemble a salad (goes really well with Paul Newman's lowfat sesame ginger dressing) without needing a 2nd cook or overcooking the stir fry. Will definitely make again.
This was absolutely delicious. At first I thought the breading on the top was weird but it soaked up the sauce and gave the dish a great texture. I added fresh snow peas and used white wine instead of the sherry. I brought some to work for lunch and shared with my co-workers who also loved it and begged for the recipe.