When there’s little time to cook, a stir fry is a great option. Quick, healthy and extremely versatile, the possibilities are endless. Use this as an opportunity to get your kids to eat their favorite veggies, as well as an opportunity to introduce some new ones.
Since meat, pork and chicken especially, pairs so well with fruit, try to include them in your stir-fry whenever possible.
The following recipe is for a sweet/savory stir-fry that combines chicken and apples in a dish that is appealing to the eyes as it is the stomach.
Garnish this stir-fry with cilantro, which is commonly used in Asian cooking or opt for some colorful Italian parsley if you’re not much of a cilantro fan.
A wok is ideal for stir frying because of its shape and also its ability to caramelize foods better than a non-stick skillet. However, if you don't own a wok, use a stainless steel skillet or anything that is not non-stick.
Chicken and Apple Skillet
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, more if needed
- 1 small onion, cut in halves and then sliced thinly
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into one-inch pieces
- 3 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and cut into one-inch pieces
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons minced ginger
- 2 red bell peppers, seeded and thinly sliced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley or cilantro
- Cooked brown rice
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; add oil. Sauté onions until translucent, about 3 minutes or so. Add chicken and apples and sauté until chicken is cooked through and apples are tender, about 8-10 minutes. Add honey and ginger; stirring for a minute or so until ginger is fragrant. Add the red bell pepper; season with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté for another 3-4 minutes or until veggies are softened. Sprinkle with parsley or cilantro. Serve over rice.
Makes 6-8 servings