I sometimes feel like I get in a rut with food, and that I'm always making the same things. I try to plan dinners a month at a time, and it seems like each month's dinner calender looks pretty much the same. So the last couple months I've tried to incorporate at least a few new recipes each month. It's been fun trying new recipes, and really there haven't been a lot that we haven't liked. Last night I tried one that I think will be a new favorite for Jared and I (the kids weren't thrilled, but that's okay - I can just make side dishes that they will hopefully like). It was a Taste of Home recipe from one of my cookbooks from a few years ago (2006). The recipe was for Stir-Fried Basil Chicken. It calls for bok choy, and I realized yesterday that I had mistakenly bought chinese cabbage instead, but it still turned out really good! I thought I'd share the recipe with you (sorry - I didn't think to take any pictures):
Stir-Fried Basil Chicken
1 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. sugar
1-3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
3 green onions, sliced
6 tsp. canola oil, divided
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
6 C. sliced bok choy
1 C. loosely packed fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
In a large resealable bag, combine the water, soy sauce and sugar; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to cot. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a wok or skillet, stir-fry the onions in 1 tsp. oil until crisp-tender. Stir in the garlic and pepper flakes; cook and stir for 1 minute. Remove and keep warm.
Drain and discard any marinade from chicken. In the same wok, stir-fry chicken in 3 tsp. oil for 4-5 minutes or until juices run clear. Meanwhile, in another skillet, saute bok choy in remaining oil until crisp-tender. Add onion mixture to chicken. Stir in basil; hear through. Serve over the bok choy.
Yield: 4 servings
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
P.S. I'm not sure how many people read or follow this blog, but I'm running short of writing ideas lately, and would love your comments about things you'd like me to write about. God bless!