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Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
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Recipe

When it comes to stir-fries, think outside of the box, as this Asian cooking method can be applied to Western flavors with great success. This one, with chicken and sweet sugar snap peas, is such a dish, with soy sauce nowhere in sight.

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces sugar snap peas
  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Hot cooked rice, for serving

Directions

Prep: Trim and remove strings from peas. Cut chicken into strips about 2 inches long and ½ inch wide.

1. Heat very large skillet over medium-high heat until skillet is hot. Add 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat bottom of skillet. Add sugar snap peas and stir-fry until peas are crisp-tender, about 1½ minutes. Transfer to plate.

2. Add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet and heat. Season chicken with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper. Add to skillet and cook, stirring often, until chicken is lightly browned and almost cooked through, about 4 minutes. Return peas to skillet.

3. Sprinkle cornstarch over broth in small bowl and whisk to dissolve cornstarch. Pour into skillet. Stir in pesto and heavy cream. Cook until sauce comes to a boil and thickens, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve, spooned over rice.

Variation

Substitute ¼ cup chopped fresh basil for the pesto.

Notes

My refrigerator is rarely without a container of store-bought prepared pesto. Just a spoonful adds fragrant zest to so many foods. To store leftover pesto, pour a thin film of olive oil over the top, cover, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.


© 2005 Leslie Revsin

Note from Cookstr's Editors

Nutritional information does not include salt and pepper to taste or hot cooked rice, for serving.

 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

351kcal (18%)
367mg (15%)
11g
2g
21g (32%)
0g
5g (25%)
8g
2g
94mg (31%)
5g
30g
50mg
657mg
95mcg RAE (3%)
44mg (73%)
46mg (5%)
2mg (11%)
 

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