Asian-Style Chicken with Broccoli
by James Belardo
I must give my mother credit, she wasn’t the typical Italian-American mom that only cooked what she learned from her mother, she tried many different types of dishes. An example would be her attempt creating Asian-American cuisine such as Chow-Mein and the following recipe for Asian-Style Chicken with Broccoli. Her attempts making different ethnic food helped me appreciate international foods and more importantly, other cultures. Thanks Mom!
2 Chicken breasts, cut into ‘crosswise’ slices 1/2 inch thick
2-3 Scallions, slivered and cut on a slant sized about 1 inch
2 cups Fresh Broccoli (separate the florets of the Broccoli from the stems and cut into pieces about 1 inch in size)*
1-2 cloves garlic
1 cup snow peas
2 stalks celery
1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
1/4 cup white wine or sherry
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1/2 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version) or water
2 tbsp grape-seed oil
1 tbsp sesame oil
salt and white pepper
*Don’t throw away the stems! Cut the stems of the Broccoli into 1/4 inch slices.
Marinate in a bit of white wine (or sherry) a dash of soy sauce, a bit of teriyaki sauce and 1 tbsp sesame oil.
In a bowl, mix the cornstarch, wine (sherry), soy sauce, a bit of teriyaki sauce, and stock (water)
1. In a large heavy-skillet (or wok) heat 2 tbsp grape seed or peanut oil. Add the Chicken and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the chicken is cooked on all sides (and it loses it’s translucence, about 5 minutes) Sprinkle with some salt and white pepper.
2. Add the carrots and celery, let cook for a few minutes.
3. Add the mushrooms and let cook until they begin to soften
3. Add 1 tbsp sesame oil, then slivers of scallion, snow peas and broccoli. Cook and stir over high heat until Broccoli is tender-crisp (4-5 minutes)
4. Add the lemon juice and cornstarch mixture, cook until sauce is thickened and clear (stirring constantly). Add a bit more stock or water if desired to obtain the consistency you prefer.
Serve with rice or Asian-style noodles.
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