Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I guess I'll throw you a bone
Quick Chicken Stir-fry
Southern Living Annual Recipes 2006 Copyright 2006
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 (14-oz.) can reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
1 to 2 Tbsp. chili-garlic paste
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups packaged matchstick carrots
1 red bell pepper, cut into slices
1 green bell pepper, cut into slices
2 green onions, sliced
Hot cooked rice
1. Cut chicken into 1/4-inch-thick strips; place in a shallow dish.
2. Whisk together chicken broth and next 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Pour half of broth mixture over chicken, reserving remaining broth mixture. Turn chicken to coat, and let stand 30 minutes.
3. Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade. Add chicken to wok, and stir-fry 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add carrots, bell peppers, and green onions, and stir-fry 3 to 4 minutes. Add reserved broth mixture, and cook 1 minute or until thickened. Serve over hot cooked rice.
I made this last week. It was okay - the chili-garlic sauce pretty much makes any stir-fry good. It didn't brown up very nice due to the wet marinade that had broth and cornstarch. It was the last real cooking that I've done. For the most part, I've been doing just what I need to do to get by. We had broiled steak on Monday and subs purchased from a fundraiser last night. Tonight I'm making a frozen lasagna. I haven't a clue what we're having tomorrow.
I don't feel bad about it either. When you're in a rut, any change feels good, even moving on from something you've enjoyed. Hobbies are just a form of escapism and it's time to deal with reality for a while. I will try to post at least once a week and certainly the blog will remain online as long as it can.
I've lost 8.6 pounds already. That is not just from not cooking. I'm running about 20 miles/week and doing the elliptical and stair machines too.