Who plans menus? I used to be 100% regimented to sitting down every Sunday evening and writing out what we would eat every day for the following week. It was ritual. It was printed out and pinned to the fridge so everyone knew what was for dinner and I wouldn't be bombarded with a million questions about "What's for dinner?". Yea, I don't do that any more. As much as I did love the simplicity of a menu, I found myself a bit of a slave to it even when I didn't feel like cooking. Don't get me wrong, menus and meal plans are great! I even have a whole section devoted to menus on the site. They are wonderful, honest. I think sometimes flexibility can be used in planning a menu so you don't end up cooking that chicken casserole when you feel like a stir fry.
Speaking of stir frys, this simple chicken and broccoli one is so good. This is a classic case of what's for dinner and you have no idea. A quick peruse though the food network and in no time later dinner was on the table and enjoyed by all.
This Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry was taken straight from the Food Network with very little changes. Sometimes it is just easy to read and cook other peoples recipes. Mind you, with the way I cook, there is always a little straying. That being said, in this recipe I changed hardly anything. To see the recipe from the Food Network, click here and you will see how disciplined I was. Creativity is a wonderful thing, but simplicity and straightforwardness can be pretty darn tasty as well!
This stir fry really is quick. I had it on the table in about 1/2 hour from the time I started at the kitchen counter. I call that quick. A while back I was talking about quick meals in 10 minutes and so on, so I won't get into that right now. But who really can cook dinner in 10 minutes? If you can, please let me know and share all those jiffy secrets. I'll take 30 minutes in the meantime as that seems pretty darn fast in my books. I am a bit of a lingerer in the kitchen and am easily distracted with other things quite often while peeling and chopping. So my "time" might not always be real time. In any case this stir fry is a quick enough for a mid week family dinner when you are rushing for time with little ingredients in the fridge. A great way to kick off Monday!
Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry
Serves 4 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Cook time: 20 minutes
2 Chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1 Leek, whites only and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon corn starch, plus 1 teaspoon
1 tablespoon sherry
2/3 Cups water, plus 3 tablespoons
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 head broccoli, stems and florets
1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
Sesame seeds for garnish
In a medium bowl combine the chopped leeks, 1/2 of the garlic, 1/2 of the ginger, soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, and sherry. Stir well to combine and add the chicken. Coat well and set aside to marinade for about 15 minutes. Mix remaining cornstarch with 2/3 cups water.
In a large skillet set over medium to high heat, add 1 tablespoon of the oil along with broccoli stems and florets plus remaining garlic and ginger. Give a good toss and add 2-3 tablespoons of water. Stir fry for about 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
In reserved skillet set over high heat, add remaining oil. Add the chicken and chili flakes. Cook, tossing regularly, for about 7 minutes. Return the broccoli to the chicken and toss really well. Stir in remaining cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
Remove from heat, serve over rice and garnish with sesame seeds.
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