Chicken and Broccoli

DF, GF

I just adore chicken and broccoli, and as a home cook I taught myself how to make it so I could have it whenever my cravings got the best of me.  The easiest way to cook any stir fry is to have all of your ingredients at the ready (chopped, measured, etc.) because once the pan is screaming hot you have to move quick.  Be ready and you’ll be able to master this recipe and any other stir fry.

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Chicken and Broccoli
1 lb chicken breast, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch of ginger, minced
1/2 shallot, chopped
1 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs honey
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
1 tbs toasted sesame oil
1 tbs + 1 tsp cornstarch
1/3 c + 2 tbs water
5 c broccoli, chopped into stalks and florets
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbs hoisin sauce
3 scallions, chopped for garnish
1/2 tbs toasted sesame seeds, for garnish

In a bowl toss chicken, 1 garlic, 1/2 of the ginger, shallot, soy sauce, honey, , rice wine vinegar, toasted sesame oil, 1 tsp cornstarch, and salt to taste.  Let marinate for 30 minutes.  Mix remaining cornstarch with 1/3 c water, set aside.  Heat a large saute pan or wok over high heat.  Add oil and broccoli stalks, cook for 1 minute.  Add broccoli florets, remaining garlic, ginger, salt, and 2 tbs of water, cook for 3 minutes. Remove to plate and set aside.  Add a bit more oil to the pan, add chicken including marinade and red pepper flakes.  Don’t touch for 2 minutes so chicken can brown, then stir frequently.  Add hoisin sauce, cooked broccoli, corn starch mixture, scallions, and toasted sesame seeds for garnish

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