Friday, March 1, 2013

Chicken with String Beans

The hubs and I LOVE Chinese food...

I am so sorry to say this but, there is no good Chinese food out here. It's weirdly mild when everything else has a kick. Its not cheap either, back in our home town, you could get a combination plate for $8.00 and call it a day. Here, Chinese takeout is like $40.00


If anyone local can point me in the direction of REAL Chinese food, I'd love you forever.

In the mean time...I'll cook it :)

I haven't mastered our favorite dish yet,"cold sesame noodles" but I hope to accomplish that one soon.
For now here is a homemade twist on a favorite of ours...

Its very simple but what really makes it is the sesame oil and it would've been even better if I'd had rice vinegar on hand.

Sorry for the photo, of course I missed 3 ingredients...Water, chicken broth and corn starch.
This dish cannot get any more simple.
For the marinade You Need:
2 Boneless chicken breasts, trimmed and cleaned
Green beans, or French Beans
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
drop or 2 of red chili oil(OK we used about 5 or 6 drops)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Let your chicken soak up all of this delicious flavor for as long as possible, over night in the fridge or a few ours on the counter, even 20 minutes if you are in a rush.

When you are ready to cook add in 1/2 cup of chicken broth and 1/4 cup water and saute on low heat until chicken has browned.

I served this with rice, and the timing was absolutely perfect, boil your water and begin your rice while the chicken cooks, when you are ready to simmer your rice, throw in the string beans and turn the heat up to medium-low
Add in 1 tablespoon cornstarch and whisk in until smoothed. The sauce will thicken very quickly so keep whisking, add in tablespoon or two of water if it starts getting too thick..

18 minutes later your rice AND your chicken with string beans are complete :)

Takeout food, at home :) How healthy is that?

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