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Sesame Chicken with Ginger & Snow Peas

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Serves four.

  • 1 to 1-1/4 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 to 3), very thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 2 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. Asian sesame oil
  • 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. ketchup
  • 8 scallions
  • 6 oz. snow peas, trimmed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 3 Tbs. canola oil
  • 2 Tbs. lightly toasted sesame seeds

In a large bowl, toss the chicken with 1 Tbs. of the soy sauce, 1-1/2 tsp. of the sesame oil, and 1 tsp. of the rice vinegar.

In a 1-cup liquid measuring cup or another bowl, combine 1/4 cup water with the ketchup and the remaining 1 Tbs. soy sauce, 1 Tbs. vinegar, and 1-1/2 tsp. sesame oil.

Trim the scallions and separate the dark-green tops from the light-green and white bottoms. Slice the tops into 2-inch pieces and the bottoms into thin rounds. Combine both in a medium bowl with the snow peas and ginger.

Heat 1-1/2 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet or large stir-fry pan over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it loses most of its raw appearance, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a large plate.

Add the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. oil and the scallions, snow peas, and ginger, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the ginger and scallions start to brown, about 2 minutes.

Return the chicken to the pan and add the ketchup mixture and half of the sesame seeds. Cook, stirring, until the chicken is cooked through and the snow peas are crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a platter, sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds, and serve.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on four servings; Calories (kcal): 310; Fat (g): fat g 19; Fat Calories (kcal): 170; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 2.5; Protein (g): protein g 26; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 9; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 10; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 6; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 800; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 65; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This is a very simple recipe. It lacks the usual complex flavors and depth I usually find in Fine Cooking. But, this is a great recipe for teaching kids to cook and introducing some different, more interesting flavors to children. I taught my niece to make the recipe and she loves it and it has become a favorite for their family. It's a great place to start with what might be different vegetables (snowpeas), different flavors (sesame seeds don't just come on hamburger buns and ginger is wonderful). AnneG

Good, not great. Seemed to need more salt / soy sauce.

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