Chicken Stir Fry
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Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Pasta

A one-skillet meal for any night of the week.
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Keyword Stir-Fry, Vegetables and Noodles, Whole Wheat Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author [email protected]

Ingredients

For the Marinade:

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 dashes sesame seed oil
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 whole Serrano pepper stem and seeds removed, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and diced

For the Pasta:

  • 2 servings whole wheat spaghetti
  • Water for boiling the pasta
  • 2 teaspoons salt for boiling the pasta

For the Stir Fry:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into thin slices
  • 20 whole Chinese pea pods stems cut off
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper stem and seeds removed, cut into very thin strips
  • 2 whole baby bok choy coarsely chopped in large pieces
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots slices cut diagonally 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 green onions each onion (including the green tops) cut into 5 to 6 pieces
  • firmly cooked (al dente) whole wheat spaghetti pasta

For Garnish:

  • 1/4 cup (heaping) whole cashews
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

For the Marinade:

  • In a medium size bowl, add soy sauce, sesame oil, fish sauce, garlic and serrano pepper.  Stir together.
  • To the marinade, add the chicken.  Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes if you have the time.

For the Pasta:

  • To a medium size saucepan, add water and salt.  Bring the water to a boil and add the pasta.  Stir.
  • Let cook while stirring occasionally until the pasta is al dente (according to package instructions).
  • Then drain the pasta (don't rinse).  
  • Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.

For the Stir-Fry (start this while the pasta is cooking):

  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add olive oil. 
  • To the pan, add carrots, green onions, and red bell pepper.  Stir.  
  • To the pan, add the chicken and all of the marinade.  Stir the veggies and chicken together. 
  • Add the bok choy and Chinese pea pods. Continue stirring until the chicken is thoroughly cooked (about 8 to 10 minutes).
  • About the same time that the pasta is done cooking, the stir-fry should be about done cooking.
  • To the serving plates, add warm pasta and top with the warm stir-fry.

For Garnish:

  • Garnish with cashews and cilantro. 
  • Add a couple dashes of soy sauce if you like and serve while warm.

Notes

TIP:

  1. Don’t rinse the pasta after cooking it. When pasta is rinsed, the starch is removed. The starch on pasta helps to hold and absorb the sauce so it’s important to keep the starch on the pasta.