Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cooking Cove: Gingered Brussels Sprouts and Chicken Over Rice

It has been a while since I have shared a well-loved recipe with you guys. When I decided to make a family favorite last week I took some photos along the way. My girls are strange birds for little kids and brussels sprouts are a favored vegetable. I enjoy making this easy and wholesome meal, it can be fancied up quite nicely as well.

4-6 servings of cooked Jasmine rice
1 large egg
1/2 cup to 1 cup of cornstarch
2 (or more) teaspoons Five Spice Powder (found in the Asian aisle of the grocery store)
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced into bite size pieces
3 tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil
1/2 pound of fresh brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin matchsticks
2-3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
3 tablespoons of soy sauce
3 tablespoons of rice vinegar
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
toasted sesame oil

Prepare the brussels sprouts, garlic, and ginger.

Whisk the egg into a bowl and the cornstarch and Five Spice Powder in another. Dip the chicken in the egg and then the cornstarch. 

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and add the chicken slices a few batches at a time until cooked through. Place on a paper towel on a plate when done frying to soak up excess oil. 

While the chicken fries, make the sauce by combining soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar and 3/4 cups of water in a bowl (or mixing cup like me for easy pouring) with a whisk.

Once the chicken is cooked, add a little more oil (don't clean the pan! leave all the yummy fond on the bottom to add flavor) and toss in the brussels sprouts, ginger and garlic. Saute' until just softened, a few minutes.

Add the soy sauce mixture. Stir a few minutes more.

Add the chicken back to the pan, toss and cook about one minute. Drizzle some of the sesame oil on the rice and serve alongside the chicken and brussels sprouts.

I like to dust a pinch of cayenne pepper on mine for a kick. Other delicious toppings include: chopped roasted peanuts, scallions and bean sprouts.

I really enjoy one bowl meals. The kind you can curl up on the couch with and enjoy while taking in a show.

If you normally aren't a brussels sprout fan this is a great way to try them. Do you have any favorite one bowl meals?

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