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This stir fry is flavorful, colorful and simple.  Hoisin sauce can be found near the soy sauce at the grocery store, and is a great addition to many Asian inspired dishes.  If you are serving kids omit the the chili garlic sauce and add it at the table.
 
Chicken, Shiitake, and Broccoli Stir Fry
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 12 oz fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced (or 3 – 4 large dried mushrooms)
  • 1 pound chicken breast cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Florets from 1 crown of broccoli (about 3 cups)
  • 5 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon chinese five spice powder

 If using dried mushrooms, place the mushrooms in a microwave safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and let mushrooms soak until ready to use. Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Heat sesame oil in a wok or large saute pan.  Add ginger, mushrooms, broccoli and onion.  Stir fry 5 minutes.  Move the vegetables to the outside of the pan and add the chicken to the center. Cook stirring frequently for about 10 minutes or until chicken is just cooked through.  If you like a lot of sauce add some of the mushroom soaking liquid now.  Add hoisin, chili sauce and five spice.  Cook about 2 minutes more and remove from heat.  Serve with hot steamed white or brown rice.

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I found this chicken recipe on epicurious a few months ago and just got around to trying it last week.  It’s fairly simple, the chicken has to marinate for at least 4 hours or preferably longer, and the mashed potatoes are very easy.  If someone in your house is lactose intolerant, like my husband, try using chicken broth in place of the milk in the potatoes.   

 Fragrant Orange Chicken

1 chicken cut up  (I can always find this at the grocery, sometimes it’s called “pick of the chick”)
Zest and juice of 3 oranges
1/4 cup honey

3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons cilantro

Place the chicken in a large bowl.  Combine remaining ingredients and coat chicken. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 4 hours.  Remove chicken 30 minutes before cooking.  Preheat oven to 375°F.  Arrange chicken in a shallow roasting pan.  Pour 2/3 cup of the marinade into the pan.  Bake chicken for 1 hour.
Transfer to a platter. Serve with Scallion Mashed Potatoes.

Serves 4 – 6

 Scallion Mashed Potatoes

2 pounds russet potatoes
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 bunch scallions, cut into 1/2-inch pieces on the diagonal (reserve 1/4 cup for garnish)

Peel the potatoes and cut into chunks.  Place in a large saucepan with water to cover.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and simmer until very tender, about 20 minutes.  Drain well, then mash with the butter and milk.
Season with salt and pepper. Stir in scallions. Serve immediately.  Serves 4.

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