In the mood for something really healthy? We are. But something warm and filling… Today feels like a chicken and broccoli day. This is traditionally a Chinese dish, but you’ve probably had it a hundred times without ever making it yourself. The difference here from most recipes is the ginger, which actually helps to bring out the complex flavors of the broccoli. In addition to being a delicious meal, this vegetable/protein combo is about as good as you can get. A few encouraging facts about broccoli: Broccoli has vitamin C (which is a cold fighter), magnesium, calcium, vitamin K (great for bones), glucoraphanin (skin damage), and beta-carotene (strengthens the immune system)! The high amount of potassium in this veggie enhances muscle growth and aids the nervous system. Broccoli contains a great amount of fiber, which helps with digestion and lowers blood pressure.
Need we say more? Let’s get cooking!
1. 1 tablespoon ginger
2. 1 clove garlic, crushed
3. 2 tablespoon brown sugar
4. 1/3 cups soy sauce
5. 1 1/2 pound of chicken (cut in bite size pieces)
6. 1 tablespoon oil
7. 1 bunch broccoli
8. 1 large onion
1) In a large bowl combine ginger, garlic, sugar and soy sauce with a ¼ cup of water, mixing well. Add chicken and marinate chicken in sauce for 10 minutes. Drain chicken making sure to save the marinade for later.
2) In a large skillet or wok, heat oil for cooking. Add marinated chicken in small amounts, preventing crowding, and stir-fry until brown. Set aside. Add broccoli and onion to hot skillet and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add ¼ cup water to skillet, cover and steam until broccoli is tender and crisp. This will take about 3 minutes.
3) Finally, return the chicken to your skillet and add the marinade, heat through and through while stirring. Once mixed and heated, the chicken and broccoli is ready to be served over rice.