This recipe for honey sesame chicken stir-fry uses Chinese five spice powder for a unique flavour that will leave you wanting more. Add your choice of vegetables and boiled rice for a healthy meal.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
1/8 Tsp. Ground Chilli or ¼ Tsp. Dried Chilli Flakes
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1 Pound (500g) Mixed Vegetables such as Broccoli, Carrot, Zucchini, Cauliflower, Beans, Baby Corn, Onion or Capsicum.
Sesame seeds (optional)
First combine all marinade ingredients except the chicken and mix well. Dice or slice chicken then add to the marinade coating the meat well. Cover with plastic wrap and leave in the fridge at least 30 minutes but it can be left overnight.
Next combine all sauce ingredients except the cornflour, vegetables and sesame seeds then set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large frypan or wok on medium high heat then cook the chicken until browned all over and set aside. Add the vegetables to the wok adding more oil if necessary, then fry until tender.
Add the chicken and the sauce to the wok. Combine the cornstarch with enough water to make a runny paste then add to the stir-fry while stirring to prevent any lumps. Continue gently stirring until the sauce is thickened and bubbly.
If you find the sauce isn’t thick enough just add more cornstarch mixed in water until you are satisfied.
Serve with sesame seeds sprinkled over the top.
If you would like more flavour to your boiled rice without the fat of fried rice just prepare the rice as normal then add 2 Tbsp. soy sauce to approx. 2 cups of cooked rice then stir until each grain is covered.
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Honey Sesame Chicken Stir-fry
Serves: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving:
% Daily Value*
Total Fat9.69 g
Saturated Fat 2.159 g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate43.92 g
Dietary Fiber 5.5 g
Sugars 27.18 g
Vitamin A 4907 IU
Vitamin C 4.3 mg
Calcium 62 mg
Iron 2.93 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Gluten and Dairy Free Options
Check the stock for dairy otherwise this recipe is dairy free. For gluten free; use a gluten free soy sauce in place of the soy.
Save money by buying commonly used spices such as ginger and garlic in bulk. Consider growing your own garlic. They are easy to grow and keep well if stored in a cool spot. Plant garlic bulbs in the fall for a spring crop. The stems can be braided then hung in your kitchen.
Buy chicken in bulk when its on special then divide into 1 pound portions when you get home and freeze. It will keep up to 6 months in the freezer. It is safest to thaw by placing in the fridge overnight or on defrost mode in the microwave.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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