Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

My delivery day is Thursday, so often times we get subs for certain items. This week, instead of green beans, we got peas in our Local Box. I wasn’t complaining, as I love adding peas to stir-frys.

My husband’s favorite dish when we go to PF Changs is ginger chicken, so I wanted to make it for him at home, too. This version is a little different (I feel like PF Changs uses a ton of high-fructose corn syrup in theirs), but he still likes it.

Adapted from Simply Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. + 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. cardamom
  • 1-2 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger, depending on how gingery you like it (or 1 tsp. ground ginger)
  • 1.5 lb. chicken breast or tenders
  • 1/2 c. low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1/3 c. mango jam. (The original version calls for mango chutney. I used the rest of the peach-mango jam that I made last week.)
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic

Directions:

  • Chop the light and dark green tops of the onions and set aside. Trim the peas and set those aside as well.
  • Combine the white wine vinegar, olive oil, cardamom and ginger.
  • Trim the chicken of fat and cut it into small cubes. Add to the ginger mixture. Marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil to a pan over high heat. When the olive oil is hot, 1/2 c. of the green onions and the peas to the pan. Saute for ~4 minutes, until the peas are al dente. (If the peas are very large, you might want to blanch them instead.) Remove the onions and peas from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the remainder of the green onions to the pan. After about 30 seconds, add the chicken and the ginger mixture to the pan. Brown over high heat.
  • While the chicken is browning, combine the chicken stock, mango jam and garlic in a small bowl. After the chicken is browned, add the chicken stock mixture to the saucepan. Reduce the heat, add the peas to the pan again, and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Serve with white rice and broccoli.

Verdict:
The peppery bite of the ginger combines nicely with the sweet mango jam in this dish. It’s a quick, healthy dinner that’s always a winner in our house. The great thing about stir-frys is that you can add whatever veggies you want in here. If you don’t have peas, asparagus, string beans or squash would be good additions as well.

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