Monday, December 9, 2013

Szechuan Broccoli & Chicken

Who doesn't love Chinese takeout or delivery? When I lived in San Francisco there was a terrific "hole in the wall" Chinese restaurant a block from our house. We had dinner delivered at least once a week. They got to know us so well that the food would arrive 5 minutes after we phoned in the order. Perfect when we were exhausted after a long day at work.

These days I prefer to make it myself. I am lucky to have the time and I like to control the sodium and quality of ingredients. This broccoli and chicken dish is one of my husband's favorites. Crisp-tender broccoli, vegetables and chicken cooked in a spicy Asian chile garlic sauce. We prefer to serve "carb free" to keep it light and delicious but add rice or noodles if you wish.

Szechuan Broccoli & Chicken
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 leek, cleaned and chopped
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp Asian chile garlic sauce
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 head broccoli, cut into florets
1 red bell pepper, diced into 1 inch pieces
4 scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces (white and green parts)
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Heat large skillet over medium high heat.  Add 2 tbsp olive oil, chicken, leeks and small pinch each salt and pepper. Saute for 5-6 minutes or until chicken is almost cooked through. (Stir once or twice). Add garlic and saute for one minute.  Add soy sauce, chile garlic sauce and sesame oil to skillet and stir to combine. Add broccoli and bell pepper, saute for 3 minutes stirring frequently. Add scallions and cook an additional 1-2 minutes or until broccoli is crisp tender. Serve alone or with rice or noodles with extra chile garlic sauce on the side.

It is "broccoli" week at Food Network's Fall Fest roundup. Check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends. Do you have a favorite broccoli recipe? Share in the comments section and/or link to your blog if you have one.
The Lemon Bowl: Roasted Broccoli with Hoisin Dipping Sauce
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Garlicky Cheesy Broccoli Gratin
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Italian Broccoli with Garlic, Chiles and Parmigiano Reggiano
Red or Green: Szechuan Broccoli and Chicken
Virtually Homemade: Roasted Broccoli with Garlic, Parmesan and Lemon
Dishing: Broccoli Soup
Weelicious: Broccoli Salad
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Broccoli and Bell Pepper Soup
The Sensitive Epicure: Pureed Broccoli with Garlic
Domesticate Me: Roasted Broccoli, Chicken and Cheddar Quinoa Bake
Dishin & Dishes: Broccoli Garlic Pancetta Quiche
FN Dish: When Broccoli Meets Cheddar

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