I love Chinese take out. Or, should I say...LOVED it. Since pretty much every sauce has a base which includes soy sauce I can't eat it in restaurants and the few recipes I've tried before tonight simply didn't do it any justice.
I ran across this recipe and it made tonight: 12-MINUTE CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI
The only thing I changed was that I added red pepper flakes. I had two substitutions because well...I'm crazy but instead of cornstarch I had to use flour because I was out and instead of rice wine vinegar I used a Serrano Honey Balsamic vinegar because, again...that's what I had. Since one of the ingredients was honey...I felt like this wouldn't be a big deal.
I also did something that has changed my life as of tonight. Instead of grating up fresh ginger...I cut a piece about the size of my garlic press and peeled it. Then...I pressed it.
This was soooooooooooooooooooooo good!
YIELD: ABOUT 2-4 SERVINGS
12-MINUTE CHICKEN AND BROCCOLI
This classic chicken and broccoli recipe is full of fresh and delicious flavor, and it's ready to go in just 12 minutes!
PREP: 3 MINS COOK: 9 MINS TOTAL: 12 MINS
3 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
salt and pepper
1 bunch broccoli, chopped into small florets
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts, and season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and mostly cooked through.
While the chicken is cooking, make your sauce. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, honey, cornstarch, garlic, ginger and sesame oil until combined. Set aside.
Once the chicken is browned, add the broccoli and stir to combine. Continue cooking for an additional 3 minutes, until the broccoli is bright green. Stir in the soy sauce mixture, and cook for an additional 1 minute until the sauce has thickened.
Remove from heat and serve immediately, garnished with green onions and toasted sesame seeds.