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A complete menu for all the family to enjoy. Healthy, colourful and delicious!

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IngredientsServes: 4

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 skinless chicken breast fillets
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 6 carrots, sliced into rounds
  • 1 (2cm) piece root ginger, finely chopped
  • 20g salted butter
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 sprigs thyme

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:20min ›Ready in:40min

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a nonstick pan over high heat. Add the chicken breast fillets, season well and brown them on both sides, about 10 minutes, then lower the heat and continue cooking for about 10 minutes.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil over low heat in another frying pan, and cook and stir the shallot for 5 minutes. Stir in the carrots and ginger, season to taste, and cook for about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the butter in another frying pan over medium heat and add the sweet potatoes. Continue cooking till the sweet potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.
  4. Assemble the chicken, carrots and sweet potatoes on a serving platter and place the thyme sprigs on the chicken.

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Recipe: Thai Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

As much as I love eating out at fancy restaurants and watching TV shows like Top Chef, the cooking that is closest to my heart is home cooking — dishes that are humble and maybe a little homely, but feel like the food equivalent of a warm hug.

This gingery chicken stir-fry is home cooking at its best: quick and simple to prepare, with a punch of flavor that manages to be both exciting and deeply comforting. Make it once and you might never call for Thai takeout again.

This was one of the first Thai recipes I ever mastered and it became pretty much an instant favorite. Like most stir-fries, the ingredient list is short and simple, but a magical transformation occurs once everything hits the pan, resulting in a finished dish that is somehow more than the sum of its parts.

Ginger is the key to that magic along with the umami-bomb combo of fish sauce and oyster sauce, it infuses the chicken and vegetables with a deep flavor in the hot wok or skillet.

If you are new to stir-frying, familiarize yourself with the basics in this cooking lesson from stir-fry expert, Grace Young, before you get started.

The key points to remember? Cut all your ingredients in uniform, bite-sized pieces have the meat, vegetables, and sauce prepped and within easy reach once you start cooking and cook over high heat and give the chicken some time to brown when you initially put it in the pan.

And if you already rely on stir-frying for quick, healthy, and satisfying meals, you will be happy to add this gingery recipe to your home-cooking repertoire.

Tester’s Notes

The next time you’re seriously considering takeout, I encourage you to try this recipe instead. It will come together faster than the time it takes for your delivery guy to get to you and it will be even more satisfying.

Fish sauce and oyster sauce join forces to make one seriously umami-rich sauce for the chicken and veggies that’s accented by spicy, fragrant ginger. While I love the crisp, juicy bell peppers here, I could definitely see this recipe being super adaptable. Next time I plan to try it with broccoli florets that I’ve blanched so they finish cooking quickly in the skillet. I also think adding snow peas or sliced mushrooms would be nice.

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Moroccan-Style Braised Chicken Breasts with Warm Spices, Chickpeas and Tomatoes over Lemon-Almond Couscous

(Serves about 4-6, depending on size of chicken breasts)

¾ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
4 bone-in, skin on, split chicken breasts
• Olive oil
1 large onion, quartered and sliced
4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 (15 oz) can organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon orange zest
2 cups chicken stock, hot
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
• Lemon-Toasted Almond Couscous (recipe below)

-In a small ramekin, combine the sea salt, black pepper, cumin, cinnamon and smoked paprika with a fork, and set aside.

-Place the 4 split chicken breasts into a large bowl or onto a large platter, and drizzle them with about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil next, sprinkle about half of the spice mixture from the the ramekin over the chicken breasts, and rub the spices into the chicken set the remaining half of the spice mixture aside for a moment.

-Place a large, heavy-bottom or cast iron braising pot over medium-high/high heat, and drizzle in about
2 tablespoons of the olive oil once the oil becomes very hot, add the chicken breasts, skin-side down, and allow the skin to sear and become golden-brown, about 5-6 minutes then, flip the chicken over, and allow it to sear on the bone-side for another 2-3 minutes remove the chicken breasts from the pot, and set them aside for a moment next, reduce the heat to low/medium-low, add in the sliced onion, and allow it to lightly caramelize for 2-3 minutes (add a touch more olive oil if needed), scraping up any brown bits from the bottom next, add in the garlic, and once it becomes aromatic, add in the remaining half of the spice mixture from the ramekin, and stir to incorporate next, stir in the tomato paste, and allow it to cook for just a moment or two then add in the chopped tomatoes, the chickpeas, the orange zest and the hot chicken stock, and stir to combine next, add the chicken breasts back into the pot, bone-side down and skin-side up, cover the pot with the lid slightly askew to vent, and simmer the chicken gently on low for about 40 minutes to finish, stir in the chopped parsley, chopped cilantro and lemon zest, and add a pinch or two more of salt/pepper, if necessary you can leave the chicken breasts on the bone, or remove the bones/ribs and cut the breasts into slices, to serve.

-To serve, spoon some of the Lemon-Toasted Almond Couscous into a bowl or on a plate, place chicken on top, and spoon a generous amount of the sauce with the chickpeas, tomatoes and onions over top garnish with a sprig of fresh cilantro, or some toasted almond slices.

Toasted-Almond and Lemon Couscous ingredients:

1 ½ cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 ½ cups couscous (I use whole wheat)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
¼ cup toasted, sliced almonds

-Place a small pot with the water, olive oil and salt over medium-high heat, and bring to the boil turn the heat off, add in the couscous and stir, and cover tightly for 5 minutes until all water is absorbed after 5 minutes, fluff the couscous with a fork, add in the lemon zest and the almonds, and fluff with fork to incorporate the ingredients serve while hot.

Recipe Summary

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup sliced green bell pepper
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced napa cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons mushroom soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Heat oil in a wok or large heavy skillet. Add chicken or pork (see Cook's Note), garlic, and oyster sauce, and stir-fry for 10 minutes.

Stir in broccoli, green pepper, carrots, cabbage, celery, bean sprouts, zucchini, and green onions. Season with salt, and stir-fry for 6 to 8 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together water, soy sauce and cornstarch. Stir into vegetables, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until sauce is thickened.


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