Saturday, July 26, 2008

Walnut Chicken

Oh, I am so behind on the reicpes. Ok, to the point!


The Menu:
Walnut Chicken
Fried Rice

The Origional Recipe:
I have never made this recipe before, so I did it as directed, which is rare for me. However, I usually make a recipe the right way, at least once... sometimes...

Ok, ok, after writing out the recipe, I find that I did change a few things, but not major, so I just noted the original recipe. No need to rewrite it out. I used low sodium soy sauce, so you might want to add a bit of salt. The taste of this dish was a bit bland. I need more flavor. I might jazz it up if I make it again, with something else. I am not sure what, but something...

I got the recipe out of my cookbook called, " Favorite Brand Name-The Best Loved Casseroles"

Walnut Chicken

Marinade:
3 tbls. soy sauce (I used low sodium)
1 tbls. corn startch
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tbls. fresh ginger, minced

Ingredients:
1 lb. chicken, cubed (I used 4 bonless skinless breasts)
2 scallians, chopped
1 cup frozen green beans, thawed (I used string beans)
1 small can water chesnuts (I say these are optional; I don't like them!)
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup walnuts
2 tbls oil (I used peanut oil)

directions:
Place marinade ingredients in plastic ziploc bag; add chicken and marinade for at least 1 hour.
Place oil in large frying pan (or wok) with walnuts; saute until toasty brown. Remove from pan. Add chicken with marinade and cook until no longer pink inside. Add the remaining ingrediants, except walnuts. Cook until green beans are done. Plate on rice, add chicken mixture and walnuts on top.


Side Dish


The Origional Recipe:
I wanted something other than plain rice to go under this chicken. I opted for fried Rice. It is yummy! I didn't make it as directed so underneath will be the way I made it my own.
I got this recipe off of BabyCenter, but I think it is also a Weight Watchers Recipe!

Chicken Fried Rice

Now 3POINTSServings 6Preparation Time 20 minCooking Time 13 min
Level of Difficulty Easyside dishes Chopsticks are optional for this lightened-up Chinese favorite.
For a burst of color, toss in any leftover veggies you have in the fridge.

Ingredients:
2 sprays cooking spray
4 large egg white(s)
1/2 cup scallion(s), chopped, green and white parts
2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
12 oz uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
1/2 cup carrot(s), diced
2 cup cooked brown rice, regular or instant, kept hot
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
3 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce

Instructions:
Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set pan over medium-high heat. Add egg whites and cook, until scrambled, stirring frequently, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.Offheat, recoat skillet with cooking spray and place back over medium-high heat. Add scallions and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add chicken and carrots; sauté until chicken is golden brown and cooked through, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.Stir in reserved egg whites, cooked brown rice, peas and soy sauce; cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

The Way I made it My Own:
I just wanted fried rice to go with my chicken!! I would have added peas to it, but I didn't have any handy, and my chicken all ready had green beans, so we got a veggie in there. I have to say it was pretty good! It tasted like Fried Rice!

Fried Rice


Ingredients:
2 sprays cooking spray
1 egg white and 1 whole egg
1/2 cup scallion(s), chopped, green and white parts
2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
2 cup cooked brown rice, regular or instant, kept hot
3 Tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 cup mixed veggies, carrots and peas

Instructions:
Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and set pan over medium-high heat. Add eggs and cook, until scrambled, stirring frequently. Remove from pan and set aside.Offheat, recoat skillet with cooking spray and place back over medium-high heat. Add scallions and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in reserved cooked egg, cooked brown rice and soy sauce and veggies; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

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