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 Stir-fried Sesame Chicken
Basmati Rice

Menu Plan for the week of Sept. 27, 2013:  Tuesday's Recipes

Stir-fried Sesame Chicken
Basmati Rice

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      Even if you don't regularly eat peanut butter, it's a good pantry staple, as we use it through-out the year.

Stir-fried Sesame Chicken                                     Preparation and cooking time:  30 minutes
    Peanut butter adds a creaminess to stir fries, as well as a subtle, almost sesame flavor.  The finish of toasted sesame seeds carries the flavor through.  You can buy toasted sesame seeds or toast them yourself in minutes.

2 chicken breasts
2 ribs celery
2 carrots
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp minced, fresh ginger
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbs soy sauce
1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock
1 tbs cornstarch (corn flour, maizena)
2 tbs sherry
2 tbs peanut butter
2 tbs sesame seeds, toasted
Basmati rice:
1/2 cup Basmati rice
1 tsp butter
1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock

Slice celery at an angle.  Cut carrots into matchsticks.  Cut onion into quarters, lengthwise, then slice thinly.  Mince garlic. Peel a small section of ginger, cut into thin slices, then mince.  Cut chicken into bite-size pieces. 
Heat oils in large skillet. Add onion and sauté 3 minutes.  Add garlic, ginger, celery, carrot and sauté 5 minutes longer.  Remove to a plate.  Add chicken to skillet and sauté 5 minutes.  Return vegetables to skillet.  Add soy sauce, stock, cover and simmer, 5 minutes. 
To finish: Dissolve cornstarch in sherry. Increase heat under skillet.  Add peanut butter and stir until dissolved.  Add cornstarch and stir until thickened.  Add half of the toasted sesame seeds, stir.  Spoon over rice, sprinkle with the remaining sesame seeds and serve.
Basmati Rice:
Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat.  Add rice and sauté, stirring for 2 - 3 minutes.  Add stock or water.  Cook rice for length of time on package, usually 15 minutes.  When done fluff with fork and serve.

To Toast sesame seeds: Put them in a dry, nonstick skillet, over medium-high heat for 3 - 6 minutes. Start flipping them or shaking the skillet after 1 - 2 minutes and remove as soon as light brown.  Set aside. 

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, small saucepan with lid
Thinly slice onion
Mince garlic
Slice celery
Cut carrots
Sauté rice
Cut chicken
Add stock to rice, cover, simmer
Toast sesame seeds
Remove sesame seeds, set aside

Heat oils in skillet
Add onion, stir-fry
Add garlic, ginger, celery, carrot; stir-fry
Remove vegetables, add chicken; stir-fry
Return vegetables, add soy, stock, cover, simmer
Dissolve cornstarch in stock
Check rice, when done...
Add peanut butter to skillet, stir
Add cornstarch, stir and thicken
Arrange rice on platter
Spoon sesame chicken on rice
Top with sesame seeds

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