Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lighter General Tso's Chicken

Quick post tonight since it is almost bedtime and I just finished my workout. I kept seeing this recipe popping up on blogs and Pinterest, so I decided to finally give it a try. I'm so glad I did because I loved it! This dish is absolutely delicious! There are a few steps involved, but the extra time is totally worth it. I'm telling you, try this recipe, you won't regret it! Here's the recipe:

adapted from Tracey's Culinary Adventures
Servings: 4
Points+: 7

1/4 c. cornstarch, divided
1/2 c. cold water
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 t. ground ginger
3 T. packed light brown sugar
2 T. low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 t. red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 lb snow peas, trimmed and halved crosswise
2 large egg whites
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 t. canola oil oil

In a large bowl, whisk 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch and the cold water together until smooth. Add the garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes, if using and whisk to combine. Stir in the peas and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites, remaining 3 tablespoons of cornstarch, salt, and pepper until well combined. Add the chicken pieces, and toss to coat.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the oil, and once shimmering, add half of the chicken from the egg white mixture (be sure to shake the excess off). Cook the chicken until golden on all sides, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil. Add the remaining oil to the pan and repeat with the other half of the chicken.

Reduce the heat under the pan then add the snow pea mixture to the now empty skillet. Cover the pan and cook until the peas are tender and the sauce thickens, about 3-5 minutes. Add the chicken (and any juices on the plate) back to the skillet. Toss to coat with the sauce and, if necessary, finish cooking the chicken through. Serve the chicken on a bed of rice, if desired.

I got my morning Zen trail walk in this morning. We had another beautiful day and I really enjoyed my walk. Tonight, I did the third workout on JM Kickbox Fastfix dvd. It was another one that was only 20 minutes long from warmup to cool down, so I did 5 minutes extra at the end to get some additional activity points.

Ok, sorry, I said it was going to be quick. I have a busy day tomorrow. It's going to be a fun one though. I get to fly in the helicopter tomorrow over our lake system. I absolutely love my job on days like this!

So long for today...

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