Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chicken with Broccoli

I had a pack of chicken in the fridge and some broccoli that I needed to use so I decided to attempt a "Chinese Flair" dish-- Chicken & Broccoli!   You are seeing it on the blog because the hubs LOVED it and asks for me to make it all the time...  and I have to admit it was fairly easy!   Most of the recipes I found for chicken & broccoli required a bunch of different pans etc but I tried to combine the essentials for "ease of dishes" at the end and it worked well!!

Chicken with Broccoli
I forgot to take a pic before I dug in so this one isn't so pretty!
approx. 3 servings


to velvet chicken:

  • 3/4- 1 Ib Chicken Breast
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
to cook broccoli:
  • 2 broccoli crowns
  • 1 Tbs Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp oyster sauce
  • 4 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Water
other ingredients:
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch + 1 Tbsp Water
  • Vegetable oil
  1. Cut chicken into thin strips.  Mix together egg whites, cornstarch & salt.  Add chicken to mixture, making sure it is coated well.  Cover tightly and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.  This is called "velveting the chicken."
  2. Prep sauce & broccoli while chicken is velveting.  For sauce combine oyster sauce, soy sauce and water in a small bowl- set aside.  Chop garlic & set aside.  Wash & drain broccoli- cut florets into 3-4 pieces or to a size of your liking.  Also, cut some of the broccoli stalk diagonally and thin- set aside.
  3. Preheat 2 Tbsp vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat.  Add garlic 10-20 seconds to saute and then add the velveted chicken.  Make sure chicken pieces are separated- stir often.
  4. In another skillet heat 2 Tbsp vegetable oil over medium heat.  Add broccoli, salt and sugar.  Stir fry broccoli for approx 1 minute and then add 1/2 cup water.  Cover & cook 4 minutes.  Drain broccoli and add to chicken mixture (when chicken is cooked through.)  Stir fry briefly.
  5. Mix cornstarch & water mixture into soy mixture and then dump over chicken & broccoli.  Toss until thickened.
  6. Serve over rice & ENJOY!  =)

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