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Atomic Pineapple Express Chicken Stir Fry

Atomic Pineapple Express Chicken Stir Fry

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Atomic Pineapple Express Chicken Stir Fry
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I am more of a Korean and Thai food guy than Chinese but I do like General Tso Chicken, Mongolian Beef, Cashew Chicken, and various noodle dishes. I spun by Whole Foods to pick up some salmon the other day and spotted a stir fry veggie package that contained celery, mushrooms, carrots, snow peas and broccoli. So I decided to take the base of the General Tso sauce and kick it up a couple of levels.

The typical General Tso is fried with cornstarch as the coating. I departed from that to save a few calories at the sacrifice of texture. That said, I did dry my chicken and cooked it in a medium heated non-stick pan to get some char or color on the chicken to make up for the lack of crunchiness. I might have over did the sauce because it was a heater. After one bite we both had a little sweat going so if you don’t like spicy stuff don’t use the Sambal and dried arbol chilies.

Ingredients:
3 air chilled organic chicken breasts or thighs
1 package of stir fry packaged veggies (Whole Foods)
1 package of Jasmine Rice cooked

Marinade
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of GF Soy Sauce
2 tbs of Sriracha
1 small can of pineapple juice
2 tbs of Kosher salt

Sauce
1/2 cup of Chicken Stock
1/4 of Soy sauce
3 tbs of tomato paste
1 small can of pineapple juice
3 tbs of Pineapple “topping”
2 tbs of Sambal or Sriracha
1 tsp of Sesame oil
2 tsp of Fish sauce
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tbs of grated ginger
3 dried arbol chilies
3 tbs of brown sugar
1 tbs of cornstarch (diluted in 3 tbs of water)

Directions
1. Marinate your chicken by dicing it up to the size you prefer in your dish. Dice and put in a Zip-lock bag and add all your ingredients and let it marinate in your fridge for 3hrs-24 hrs.

2. When ready to cook I started with the sauce in a medium high heated sauce pot I added all my ingredients and let it reduce. From a timing perspective if you like your sauce thick you will want to simmer and stir for about 15 minutes before working on the chicken and veggies. You will continue to cook your sauce while you cook the chicken and veggies.

3. Get your wok or non-stick pan to about medium high heat with a tablespoon of high heat oil. Remove your chicken from the marinade and pat it dry with a paper towel. The reason for this is that if wet it will cook but steam your chicken so you wont have any texture or color on it. I cooked my chicken for about 10 minutes and drained the pain dry about three times to keep the pan as dry as possible. Remove your chicken and set it aside. Your plan will be be black from the soy sauce at that high of a heat in a dry pan. Give it a wipe clean.

4. If your sauce is to your liking then you are about 5 minutes from plating. Back to the wok or large non stick pan, I added my hard veggies and keeping broccoli out until the very end. I cooked these for about 5 minutes and then added my chicken back to warm it through (see below) IMG_0266

5. Right before serving, add your sauce to the pan and turn off the heat. Microwave your rice for 90 seconds and plate it. Stir and cover everything with your sauce until coated. Serve and enjoy the sweat.

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Asian Chicken Salad (Houston’s Copycat)

Asian Chicken Salad (Houston's Copycat)

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Asian Chicken Salad
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Houston’s copy cat attempt have been in several of my previous posts. This one is a mash up of an Asian Chicken Salad and Houston’s Grilled Chicken Salad. What I like about their dressing is you pick up a peanut butter note in their dressing. I just love peanut butter complimented Asian flavors like Soy, Fish Sauce, Vinegar and Sriracha. Sweet and the heat just work.

I found a recipe posted by Miss V on Food. com for a copycat dressing recipe and another one for a Chinese Chicken Salad. I adjusted some things and added my own them. The key with any salad is the lettuce to dressing ratio. So make this and add a little at a time. Taste it along the way.

Directions
2 Air chilled free range chicken breasts (pounded evenly)
glug of Soy and Rice Wine Vinegar and lime dressing (below)

1 large carrot julienne cut into match stick size
Mixed Greens and Romaine (chopped in ribbons)
3 green onions
Cilantro
Toasted Asian Rice Noodles

Lime Dressing
1/2 cup of Lime juice (fresh)
6 tbs of local honey
2 tsp of honey mustard
2 tsp of dijon mustard
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
Pinch of Kosher salt and pepper

Peanut Sauce:
4 tbs of Soy Sauce (GF)
4 tbs of Organic Peanut butter
2 tbs of hot water
2 tsp of sesame oil
2 tsp of Sriracha
2 tsp of minced ginger

Directions:
1. Go ahead and mix both dressings and put the lime dressing in the Fridge. Cut your cilantro, onions, romaine, and carrots.

2. In a grill pan on medium heat, remove your chicken from the marinade and grill on both sides for about 4-5 minutes. The soy sauce will char the chicken so oil your pan and watch your heat. We like it grilled with black marks. Remove cooked chicken to rest.

3. Just before serving cut your chicken into bite sized pieces or strips. Add the lime dressing to the lettuce and veggies a little at a time until salad is coated but not too wet. Add the chicken and a little bit of the peanut sauce. Mix around about 15 times with tongs until it is all coated. Top with toasted rice noodles and enjoy.
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