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thai chicken stir fry and coconut rice

I feel like during the holiday season I’m constantly vacillating between cooking quick, healthy dinners, and luxurious desserts. It all balances out, right? This is a perfect dinner for one of those busy nights in December when there are a million things on the to-do list. It’s tasty, generally healthy, and adds some lovely color to the usual boring winter palette. I would suggest prepping everything before you even start heating the wok/pan, and then it all comes together super quickly. And don’t be like me and forget to start the rice, and then have to wait 20 minutes after the chicken is done. I used chicken breast instead of thighs and it was perfect! And seriously, the combination with the coconut rice was just plain amazing. Yum!

Thai Chicken Stir Fry
Annie’s Eats

1 bunch scallions
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 ½ tbsp. finely chopped peeled fresh ginger (or 1 ½ tsp. dried)
¼ tsp. roasted red pepper flakes
¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 ½ tbsp. soy sauce
1 ½ tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. sugar
½ cup salted roasted whole cashews
cooked white or brown rice for serving

Chop scallions, separating white and green parts. Pat chicken dry, then cut into ¾ -inch pieces and toss with salt and pepper. Heat a wok or 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over moderately high heat until a drop of water evaporates immediately. Add oil, swirling to coat, then stir-fry chicken until golden in places and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate with a slotted spoon. Add bell pepper, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes and scallion whites to wok and stir-fry until peppers are just tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

Stir together broth, soy sauce, cornstarch and sugar, then stir the mixture into the vegetables in the wok. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cashews, scallion greens and chicken along with any juices accumulated on plate. Serve with rice.

Coconut Rice
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2 c. white or Jasmine rice
1 can coconut milk
2 c. water
1 tsp. Kosher salt
Splash of white vinegar (optional, but it helps with the texture)
2-3 tsp. white sugar
Handful of chopped green onions, plus chopped green onion tops for garnish (we’re using the whole animal here…)
Black pepper to taste

Combine rice, coconut milk, water, salt, vinegar, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil Turn heat to low and cover for 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Allow to stand 5 minutes. Add green onions, black pepper (if desired), and additional salt if necessary.

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  1. This looks really good. I just made a Thai Pork Stir fry and I loved it. I will be pinning this for later use!

    I am now following your blog, facebook and pinterst!

  2. This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing and I am stopping by from Six Sisters. I am enjoying Last Nights Dinner as I explore your recipes. I, too, cook with whole foods. If you think you would be interested in doing a recipe exchange, please send me an email. I would enjoy cooking and featuring a recipe off your website. -Savannah http://www.hammocktracks.com

  3. I'm totally going to try this – it looks delicious! I would love to have you come share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on at ‘Or so she says…' There’s one going on right now (and every Saturday – Tuesday). Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  4. Nice recipe, I want to cook this because I want to serve this to my mother because this is here favorite. I hope that you have also a recipe for stir fry sauce so that I can cook it perfect on my other recipe because I don't know on how to make it.

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