Chicken and asparagus stir-fry with basil

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Smartpoints value per serving
Total Time
20 min
Prep
11 min
Cook
9 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
This skillet dish is a smart way to enjoy all the exciting flavors of a classic Asian stir-fry while allowing you to use almost any veggie you already have in your refrigerator. Plus, you can make it in less than 20 minutes from start to finish. Instead of asparagus, you can make this stir-fry with 3 cups of small broccoli florets, sugar snap peas, or cubed eggplant. Want to know an easy hack for peeling the ginger root? Hold a piece of ginger root tightly with one hand and use the other hand to scrape the it with edge of spoon. Make it meal by serving over hot rice or noodles.

Ingredients

canned chicken broth

¾ cup(s)

dried sesame seed kernels

1 Tbsp

soy sauce

3 Tbsp

cornstarch

1 Tbsp

canola oil

4 tsp

uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast

1 pound(s), cutlets, cut into thin strips

table salt

¼ tsp

black pepper

¼ tsp

garlic clove(s)

2 medium clove(s), minced

ginger root

1 Tbsp, peeled, minced

uncooked asparagus

1 pound(s), thin, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

uncooked bell pepper(s)

1 item(s), small, red or yellow variety, thinly sliced

uncooked scallion(s)

2 medium, cut into 1-inch pieces

basil

¼ cup(s), chopped

Instructions

  1. 1 Whisk together broth, soy sauce, and cornstarch in small bowl until smooth.
  2. 2 Heat large skillet or wok over medium-high heat until drop of water sizzles in pan. Add 2 teaspoons oil and swirl to coat pan. Add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and cook, without stirring, 1 minute. Then stir-fry until chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate.
  3. 3 Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in same pan. Add garlic and ginger and stir-fry until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add asparagus, bell pepper, and scallions; stir-fry until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to pan. Whisk broth mixture again and add to pan. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture bubbles and thickens, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in basil. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  4. Serving size: 1 1/2 cups

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