1 lb (500 g) Fresh From The Farm – Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast, cubed
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
1/2 cup (125 mL) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp (5 mL) cornstarch
2 tbsp (30 mL) soy sauce
2 tbsp (30 mL) rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL) honey
1 tbsp (15 mL) sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp (30 mL) canola oil
1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
1/3 cup (75 mL) cashews, toasted
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup (250 mL) jasmine rice, cooked
1Season chicken with salt and pepper. In bowl, whisk together chicken broth and cornstarch until smooth; stir in soy sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic and ginger. Set aside.
2Heat canola oil in wok or large skillet over high heat; cook chicken, stirring often, for 2 to 3 minutes or until starting to brown. Transfer to plate.
3Stir in broccoli; cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes or until broccoli is slightly softened. Return chicken to pan. Stir in stir-fry sauce; bring to boil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened, chicken is cooked through and broccoli is tender-crisp.
4Stir in cashews and green onions. Serve stir-fry with rice.
To make sure your chicken is cooked through, look for an internal temperature reading of 180° F (82° C) for a whole chicken, and 165° F (74° C) for ground poultry, chicken pieces and cuts.
Stir-frying is a fast method of cooking. Prepare all ingredients before you start, so everything is ready to add to the pan quickly.
Preheat the pan and cook on high heat for stir-frying. This gives the ingredients a good sear. Keep ingredients moving in the pan so food doesn’t burn.
Don’t overcrowd the pan: the temperature of the pan will reduce too much and the food will steam instead of sear.
To wok or not to wok: a wok’s broad surface enables liquids to reduce more quickly and the deep concave shape makes stir-frying easy because it develops intense heat in the bottom of the pan. This radiates quickly to the sides, so ingredients cook quickly and evenly in a small amount of oil. A large heavy-bottom skillet can be substituted.
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