Good Morning and Happy Hump Day, everyone!
In the midst of wrapping up my end-of-the-month “To Do” checklist at my office, booking a vacation to the West Coast near the end of September, and soaking up as much sun as possible during my lunch breaks and after work since it’s been pretty hot out these past few days- I’ve also been whipping up the last of my favorite Summertime recipes before it’s time to skim through the Autumn cookbooks again.
This 10 minute recipe- infused with soy sauce, garlic and plenty of vegetables- is a quick, easy and delicious side dish to serve up at your Labor Day Weekend cookout this coming weekend.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 2½ cups snap peas
- 1¼ cups boneless skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha (optional)
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, plus more for finishing
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for finishing
READY? HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:
- In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the scallions and garlic, and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the bell pepper and snap peas, and sauté until just tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the chicken and cook until it is golden and fully cooked and the vegetables are tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, Sriracha (if using) and sesame seeds; toss well to combine. Allow the mixture to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Stir in the cilantro, then garnish with a sprinkle of extra cilantro and sesame seeds. Serve immediately.
I kept a couple of separate dishes with the sesame seeds and cilantro on the side so that my friends could garnish their plates with as much/little as they wanted- and kept some extra soy sauce within reach for those who wanted more of a kick to their chicken and vegetables.
Overall, this was a hit- and it’s not overly filling which meant I could still scoop some macaroni salad and grab an ear of corn during the BBQ and not feel stuffed.
I’m off to get some work done, but I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! I’ll be back here bright and early on Friday morning to bid a proper farewell to August, and to Summer 2018!
– Ashley –