Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cacciatore-Style Chicken Stir-Fry

Stir-frying turns this traditionally long-cooking meal into one that cooks in 10 minutes or less. This Cacciatore-Style Chicken Stir-Fry recipe is very easy as 1-2-3 and I am sure you would love the pasta. It tastes like an Italian Spaghetti but this is not made of ground beef of course. I like it and would love to cook again. I tried searching the recipe online but couldn't find one so I am sharing this recipe from the Wok Cuisine book. Since I love spicy food, I used 14-ounce can spicy diced tomatoes instead of the an 8-ounce can stewed tomatoes and a 6-ounce can (3/4 cup) tomato juice. Still tasted good!
4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (12 ounces total), or 8 chicken thighs, skinned and boned
1 8-ounce can stewed tomatoes
1 6-ounce can (3/4 cup) tomato juice
2 tbsp dry red wine, (optional)
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp instant chicken bouillon granules
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp dried basil, crushed
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1 tbsp cooking oil
2 small zucchini, sliced (2 cups)
1 2 1/2-ounce jar sliced mushrooms, drained
3 cups hot cooked noodles (I used Spaghetti Pasta)
2 tbsps snipped parsley
2 tbsps grated Parmesan cheese

*Rinse chicken; pat dry. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. Set aside. For sauce, in a medium bowl stir together the stewed tomatoes, tomato juice, red wine (if desired, cornstarch, chicken bouillon granules, sugar, basil and oregano. Set aside.

*Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Add zucchini; stir-fry for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes or till crisp-tender. Remove zucchini from the wok.

*Add the chicken to the hot wok. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or till no pink remains. Push the chicken from the center of the wok. Stir sauce. Add the sauce to the center of the wok. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.

*Return zucchini to the wok. Add mushrooms. Stir all ingredients together to coat with sauce. Cook and stir about 1 minute more or till heated through. Toss the noodles with the parsley. Serve chicken mixture over noodles. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 357 calories, 29 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat (2 g saturated), 93 mg cholesterol, 690 mg sodium, 621 mg potassium.

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