Apr 4, 2013

Spring Stir Fried Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas and Carrots



Spring vegetables and chicken breast strips sauteed with fresh ginger, lime juice, and a touch of soy sauce for a quick weeknight meal.

I love making stir fries for dinner, what's better than throwing veggies and protein into a wok and having dinner ready in minutes.


Honestly, when I make a stir fry, I usually use whatever vegetables I have on hand (great way to clean out the refrigerator). You can serve it as is or over brown rice, quinoa, noodles, whatever! I love the crunch of the sugar snap peas with the chicken, and my daughter loves crunching on them raw while I'm cooking.


This is super quick, so if you plan on making a starch with this, start that first. I finally got around to using Jaden's rice bran oil which is made from the outer layer of the rice kernel where all of the nutrients are found, is high in antioxidants and is perfectly suited for high-heat wok cooking. Of course, you can use another oil that has a high smoke point such as sesame, canola, or grape seed.

This is under 200 calories, Weight Watchers friendly at 5 points, gluten-free, low-carb, clean and can easily be adapted for Paleo.

Paleo note: For those of you who are on a Paleo diet, replace the cornstarch with arrowroot, rice oil with coconut oil and the soy sauce with coconut liquid aminos.


Spring Stir Fried Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas and Carrots
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: just under 1 cup • Old Points: 4 • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 179 • Fat: 5.6 g • Carb: 7 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 27 g • Sugar: 1.5 g
Sodium: 238 mg • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce (or Braggs Liquid Aminos or Tamari for GF)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

For the Stir Fry:

  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast, sliced thin
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp rice bran oil, or canola
  • 2 tsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced diagonally
  • scallions for garnish


Directions:

Combine soy sauce, lime juice, water and cornstarch in a small bowl, mix together and set aside.


Season chicken lightly with salt. Heat a large wok over high heat. When the wok is very hot, add half of the oil, then add the chicken. Stir fry, stirring occasionally until the chicken is cooked through and browned, about 3-4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the chicken and set aside. Reduce heat to medium.

Add the remaining oil to the wok; add the garlic and ginger, stir for 20 seconds. Add the sugar snap peas and carrots, stirring over medium high heat until tender crisp, about 3-4 minutes.

Return the chicken to the wok, add the soy sauce-lime mixture, mix well and cook another 30 seconds to one minute. Serve immediately and top with fresh scallions.


81 comments :

  1. We had almost the exact same thing for dinner last night! At home stir fries rock!

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  2. I just happen to have all of those ingredients on hand! I know what's for dinner tonight. Thanks Gina! :)

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  3. This sounds wonderful!!!! I think even my meat/potato husband would like this!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. This looks great! Definitely going to try it soon, I love stir fry!

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  5. yum !! my tomorrow lunch :)
    xx

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  6. What type of noodles do you recommend with this?

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    1. I like rice noodle or soba, even buckwheat.

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    2. I used whole grain quinoa and it was fantastic!

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  7. this sounds and looks great.

    love how you can PIN right on the photo to PINTEREST.

    diane

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    1. Thanks Diane, makes it so much easier, right?!

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  8. What a great stir fry!! Great for a quick weeknight dinner!

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  9. I WAS going to make left overs for dinner tonight....not anymore!!! I have everything I need for this recipe and it sounds so good!! Thanks Gina!!

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  10. This is awesome. By the way do you eat organic meat? We've just made the switch but I want to cry every time I see that two chicken breasts costs ten bucks. What are your insights?

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    1. I do when I can, I usually buy Murrays but I know, it's expensive. Buying in bulk and freezing the rest is the cheapest way to go.

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  11. Awesome, can't wait to try it! Friday's in our house is called Stir-Friday!

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  12. Can I make this without the cornstarch? Love skinnytaste, use your recipes 5x a week!

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  13. Thanks so much for giving the Paleo option substitutes!! I love your recipes and am loving that you're giving more gluten and dairy-free options.

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  14. love this, easy, tons of possible variations and gluten/dairy free! I would however be conscious about the amount of rice bran products used. Rice bran is consistently tested to have high levels of arsenic. The bran is the outer layer of the rice which absorbs arsenic from the soil/paddies. I'm not a food conspiracy nut but my sister does mercury/arsenic testing for a national food inspection agency. Not sure if the higher than normal levels (10%-20%) are found in rice bran oil or just the bran itself but I wanted to comment so readers could make an informed choice for themselves

    Love your site and eagerly awaiting the cookbook

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    1. Thanks for letting us know, is anything safe I wonder!

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  15. Un plato estupendo, me encanta la pinta que tiene! Ya me esta entrando hambre!
    Un abrazo!

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  16. this looks amazing!!! i cannot wait to make stir fry with my veggies from my garden all summer. yum!!

    Jaci
    www.sparkle-happy.blogspot.com

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  17. This looks so yummy! I know what I'm making this weekend. ;)

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  18. I love all of your recipes. I cannot wait to try this one. There are not enough days in the week to try all of your wonderful WW friendly recipes! Thank you!

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  19. I made this tonight as I stated earlier I would. It was soooooo yummy!!! Thanks for another great recipe Gina!! =)

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  20. Made this and it was great! Next time I will double the recipe for my hungry family of four. :)

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  21. I think I will try this, but maybe also add some sautéed mushrooms to the mix!

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  23. Hi Gina,
    I have been recently enjoying many of your recipes and purchased the crockpot, misto, and food scale that you recommend. Any recommendation on a wok before I make my next purchase? Looking forward to this recipe too.

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    1. I like a heavy non-stick one, mine is Caphalon.

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  24. Sounds delicious! I don't have the peas, but I do have asparagus. I know what's for dinner tonight. Thank you for all your great recipes.

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  25. Gina, this looks delicious! I actually plan on making this tonight! My husband loves when I make stir fry. I don't have any rice oil so I will use some of the hot sesame oil- a little packs some much flavor!

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  26. I am so excited to see that you have created a Paleo label! I was recently diagnosed with a bunch of food allergies and was basically forced into a Paleo diet. Thank you thank you!

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  27. Great recipe for Spring Produce! I featured it on my blog :)

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  28. The Spring stir looks more delicious than any other recipes, it is a healthy and good for diet plans as it consists more veggies.For Paleo dieters you have also given replacement for ingredients so thanks to that.

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  29. Looks and sounds delicious. I have been trying to introduce other grains besides rice to my family's diet to get away from so much pasta. Have any good recipes?

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  30. this looks absolutely delicious!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  31. Made this for the family tonight. It was delicious, a big hit with my husband.

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  32. Yum, I'm going to make this tonight with the soba noodles I've been meaning to use! Looks fresh, healthy and delicious, thanks Gina!

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  33. already made this twice :) it is soooo good!

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  34. Is it the same directions if I use a regular fry pan instead of a wok?

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  35. Looks nice, crisp and easy. However, shopping for fresh ginger is an adventure in the expensive root search category. Is there an alternative you can think of?

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  36. Yeah.. like never mind, I was thinking Fresh Horseradish, ginger was an easy grab.. my bad..

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  37. I made this tonight for dinner, and first of all...yum! I did double the soy sauce/lime juice/water/cornstarch mixture, but that was just personal preference. Second of all, you rock! I'm a huge fan :)

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  38. Thanks so much for all your yummy recipes! I've been doing an 8 week healthy lifestyle competition with friends called Feel Great in 8. Your website and recipes have made my goal of eating well and succeeding in the competeition so much easier. Thanks again!!!

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  39. Life time member here but fell off the wagon. So today is a new start after a few years so I turned to Gina...You keep things so on the move with new ideas and recipies. This chicken stir fry looks wonderful what a great beginning. When I joined WW yeas ago it was so boring you really help making a life change worth while. Love the fact you keep the points for us thats the best way to go. Keep em coming Gina!!

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  40. wow, my family devoured this and my 6 year old daughter was upset this morning that there weren't leftover for her to take for lunch to school today..it was delicious! I double of your recipes for my family of 6, I may have to start tripling them, they cant seem to get enough!

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  41. I totally agree - stir fries are the best way to use up veggies. Most everyone loves them too!

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  42. http://www.amazon.com/Calphalon-Unison-Nonstick-13-Inch-Flatbottom/dp/B0028UAALE

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  43. Made this as soonn as I read your recipe. Simple light and delicious! Many thanks

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  44. I made this last night and it was so yummy!!! My 2 1/2 year old daughter has only ever eaten raw carrots until she had this for dinner! I served it over brown rice, delicious!

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  45. This was fantastic- it did not need a starch.

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  46. My 15 month old approved! She only likes chicken with some kind of condiment or sauce, and she gobbled this right up :)

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  47. I really **DO NOT** like stir fry...but my husband does. So I decided to take one for the team and try it. WOW! It was really delicious. Now when I open my fridge or freezer I'm thinking of what I can combine it with to make this stir fry again. Yum!

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  48. I will be trying this. I don't have fresh ginger, do you think I could just use the powdered spice, which I do have?
    I love your recipes, Gina, thank you for all you do!!!
    Melissa
    http://loosinghalf.wordpress.com/

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    1. Melissa, I made it using powdered ginger and it tasted fine to me. Ginger is not one of my favorites so I only added a small amount, but it didn't seem like anything was missing.

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    2. I used ground because I mistakenly thought I had fresh in the freezer. It tasted good!

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  49. I made this tonight with onions, and served it over quinoa with a side of swiss chard….amazeballs! This will be in the rotation.

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  50. I LOVED this one! Super low cal and super easy to cook! Tasty too!

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  51. YUM! I just made this tonight and we absolutely loved it! My boyfriend said "it tastes too good to be healthy!"

    Thank you! Definitely going on the regular rotation.

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  52. Another delicious recipe! I added mushrooms, threw in a packet of splenda to counter the sourness of the lime, and served it over quinoa. Thank you for turning me into an at-home healthy cook!

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  53. How do you keep the chicken from becoming dry?

    Thanks!

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  54. Made this tonight and my kids (4 and 1.5) loved it! I was pleased, too. :-) SO quick and easy. We served it with rice. Thanks so much!

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  55. Thanks Gina, I made this recipe last night-- it was delicious I added extra lime juice for a kick - fantastic!
    all your recipes are awsome, thanks so much for sharing, blessings!

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  56. The lime juice sure adds something extra that is awesome! For an extra kick I added a little Siracha. Loved it!

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  57. Tasty! I didn't have lime juice so used lemon juice instead--still delicious. Sure love those pea pods.

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  58. I made this tonight and added pineapple because my toddler is obsessed with it. We ate it up happily. I really appreciate an Asian inspired dinner that doesn't require a million specialty Asian sauces and other condiments.

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  59. I made this tonight even though I don't own a wok. Made it in my All Clad fry pan without issues - everything cooked perfectly! Boyfriend LOVED it! Definitely will be cooking this again!

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  60. Your recipe was great. I add my stir fried chicken on it and it was very delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe here, I make my experiment on this.

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  61. Michael Butler10/26/13, 9:29 PM

    I made this tonight for my wife and I. We give it 6 stars out of 5!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  62. This was GREAT! Love that it's low-cal enough to not feel guilty about a small dessert afterward! ;)

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  63. chen truman3/30/14, 3:17 PM

    I made this tonight, added onions, doubled the sauce cause hubby loves sauce (added a tablespoon of date honey) and served it over white rice- amaze balls!!!
    I have to say this is like the 20th recipe i made from your site and we're not even doing WW, i love everything!

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  64. I'm such a picky eater but I loved this recipe! The chicken was amazing and tender. The only thing I did differently was substituted regular peas for the sugar snap peas. It was awesome. Thanks so much for this amazing recipe!

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