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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Getting My Groove Back

Like I mentioned in my last post, it's been a while since I've done the whole food blogging thing. Honestly, I haven't been doing much cooking at all. In the post-breakup weeks I indulged myself in ordering junk food and letting my friends feed me. Which was great, and what I needed, really, but now I'm finding out that I'm a bit rusty in the kitchen. Oops.

Last night I decided to cook myself an honest-to-goodness meal, and while it started out a little rocky, in the end I was pleased with myself. I didn't want to get too ambitious, so I picked a Rachael Ray recipe: Honey Chicken with Snow Pea Rice. Yeah, I hate Rachael Ray, but I felt like a 30 minute meal was about all I could handle. Also, I'd been craving Chinese food after watching an Asian-themed episode of the Phantom Gourmet. I figured this would hit the spot.

Well, I started off on the wrong foot as I put too much oil into the rice and then burned it by turning the heat up too high. Not my finest culinary moment. But I somehow managed to get my mojo back, and by the time the meal was finished (more than 30 minutes later, I have to admit) I was pretty darn happy. Small accomplishments, people... sometimes that's all you need.


Honey Chicken with Snow Pea Rice
Serves 4
  • 3 T vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 c. long-grain rice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine (I used pinot grigio)
  • 4-1/2 c. chicken stock, divided
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 large handfuls snow peas, thinly sliced across the width
  • 2 lb. chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 3 T honey
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced
Heat a medium saucepan or pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 T of the vegetable oil and the butter to the pot. Once the butter melts, add the rice, season with salt and pepper, and lightly brown the rice for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the wine and allow it to evaporate entirely, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 3 cups of the chicken stock and the lemon zest to the rice. Bring the liquid to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat. Cook the rice for 18 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Once the rice only has about 3 more minutes of cook time, remove the lid and add the sliced snow peas. Don't stir the rice; just add the snow peas on top and put the lid on. The steam will lightly cook the snow peas. Once cooked, fluff the rice and with a fork and stir in the snow peas. They should still have some crunch to them.

While the rice is cooking, preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the remaining 2 T of vegetable oil. Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper, and brown for about 3 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes, onions, garlic, ginger, and honey. Stir frequently and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the onions are tender. Add the remaining 1-1/2 c. of chicken stock to the pan and bring to a simmer. Once at a simmer, combine the cornstarch with a splash of water, and mix to create a thin paste. Add the cornstarch mixture to the simmer chicken, mix thoroughly, and continue to cook for 2 minutes, or until the liquid is thickened. Add the sliced scallions and the lemon juice to the chicken and stir to combine. Serve the honey chicken over the snow pea rice.

Recipe from
Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Riana said...

That looks yummy!

Honey is healthy, too.

It can be cooked with other ingredients or simply added to your iced water or tea.

Oh, it makes me thirsty.

:-)

12:04 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Actually this sounds really good to me, and I'm not a RR fan either, although I do credit here with getting people to cook at home.

1:01 PM  

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