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

Chicken Broccoli Pizza

I made this pizza on Friday, it was delicious with all of the same wonderful flavors of chicken and broccoli pasta. Does anything say weekend quite like pizza? I don’t think so.  There are so many different possibilities and with store bought dough, it doesn’t get much easier.  Of course you can make your own, it just takes a bit more time.  Try this pizza tonight…

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Chicken Broccoli Pizza
1 (13 to 16-ounce) ball store bought pizza dough
2 tbs olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 c broccoli
1/2 c cooked chicken, chopped
1/3 c ricotta cheese
2 tbs parmesan cheese
1/2 c mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a 13 inch diameter circle, about 1/4-inch thick.  Brush the olive oil over the dough then sprinkle with garlic.  Arrange the broccoli and chicken over the dough evenly.  Dollop the ricotta cheese on the dough then sprinkle the parmesan and mozzarella cheese over the dough.  Bake for 15 to 17 minutes.

Broccoli and Carrots with Chili Powder

DF, V, VG, GF
it’s been cold, real cold.  and it’s hard to keep yourself warm when the wind is gusting so hard it blows your hat down the street.  so when you’ve thrown the towel in against mother nature, you need to make something to bring back the feeling to your fingers.  normally that would mean soup, stews, or even a cup of coffee.  but sometimes spice is all you really need…
broccoli and carrots with chili powder
2 broccoli stalks, cut into florets
1 cup baby carrots, cut lengthwise
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp chili powder
preheat oven to 350.  toss all ingredients together and place on a baking sheet.  bake for 20 minutes. tossing once after 10 minutes.