Healthy Recipe: Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

By Laura Brooks
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As versatile as is delicious, chicken is one of our favorite foods. It’s easy to make this healthy recipe if you follow three simple stir fry rules. First, if you’re planning to serve your entree with rice, start cooking that first.  Second, prepare all ingredients before you start. Third, make sure your pan is hot, hot, hot! All set? Then you’re ready to -(ahem) – wok and roll!

Makes 4 servings

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, flattened
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons dry sherry
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch
12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Cooking oil for deep-fat frying
1 tablespoon cooking oil
3 cups broccoli flowerets
Optional: sliced carrots, water chestnuts, and red, yellow, green bell peppers

In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, 3/4 cup water, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and flattened garlic; let stand for 15 minutes. Remove and discard garlic. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl combine honey, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, molasses, 2 tablespoons water, dry sherry, minced garlic, and cornstarch; set aside. Rinse chicken; pat dry. Cut chicken into 1 1/2×1/2-inch strips. Add to flour batter. In a wok or 2-quart saucepan heat 2 inches of oil to 365 degrees. Remove chicken from flour batter, allowing excess to drain off. Fry chicken strips, a few pieces at a time, in hot oil for 30-60 seconds, or till golden. Drain on paper towels. Pour 1 tablespoon cooking oil into a large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 4-5 minutes, or till crisp-tender. Arrange broccoli around the edge of a serving platter; keep warm. Stir honey-soy mixture; add to the skillet. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Return cooked chicken to skillet; heat through. Pour chicken and sauce into center of broccoli-lined serving platter.

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