Sesame Chicken – Quick and Easy – 25 Minutes – Gluten Free

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Sesame Chicken is ….

…….what I order every time we go to our favorite Chinese restaurant, the Hunan Lion on South Lamar here in Austin.

It’s gotten to the point that the waitresses don’t even ask me what I want anymore. Gammy always gets Chicken and Broccoli, same deal.

I’ve tried a few different recipes that I found online and twisted and turned on them until I was happy with this one.

It is Quick and Easy and Delish which are the definite requirements here at poppopcooks.com

Having said all that here we go!

Put the minute rice ( or regular rice) on to cook, that is if you don’t have any leftover rice in the freezer waiting for you to microwave it. As suggested in my 10 tips for quick and easy weeknight meals.

Cut the chicken up into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom.

In a bowl big enough to handle the chicken, mix together the egg, the cornstarch, the salt and pepper.

Put the chicken in the bowl and stir it up getting it covered with the egg mixture. Then put it all in the skillet. Be sure to add all of the egg mixture.

Stir it it right away and toss or stir it a few times as it cooks. 7-9 minutes.

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While the chicken is cooking, back to the bowl. Mix up all the other ingredients except the peas and their share of the chopped garlic.

Just before the chicken is done put another larger skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the peas and the garlic in  and toss them often as they cook. They only need 2-3 minutes. The snow peas are best a little crispy not at all soggy.

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When the chicken is browned and is firm to a poke add the sauce and stir it in  getting the chicken all covered in that good stuff. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly and as soon as it does…..

……enjoy your fresh off the stove Sesame Chicken.

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  1. Put the minute rice ( or regular rice) on to cook, that is if you don't have any leftover rice in the freezer waiting for you to microwave it.
  2. Cut the chicken up into pieces a little bit bigger than bite size. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in enough olive oil to cover the bottom. In a bowl big enough to handle the chicken, mix together the egg, the cornstarch, the salt and pepper. Put the chicken in the bowl and stir it up getting it covered with the egg mixture. Then put it all in the skillet. Be sure to add all of the egg mixture. Stir it it right away and toss or stir it a few times as it cooks. 7-9 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, back to the bowl. Mix up all the other ingredients except the peas and their share of the chopped garlic. Just before the chicken is done put another larger skillet on at medium high with enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put the peas and the garlic in and toss them often as they cook. They only need 2-3 minutes. The snow peas are best a little crispy not at all soggy.
  4. When the chicken is browned and is firm to a poke add the sauce and stir it in getting the chicken all covered in that good stuff. The sauce will thicken up pretty quickly and as soon as it does..enjoy your fresh off the stove Sesame Chicken.
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Shrimp Fried Rice with Snow Peas – One Pan – Quick and Easy – Gluten Free

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Shrimp Fried Rice with Snow Peas

All in one pan including the rice!

You probably have noticed that I’ve posted a couple of Shrimp Fried Rice recipes before but never with snow peas. Snow peas can go great with just about any meat or fish but especially shrimp…..

……If you are using frozen shrimp put them in a bowl of cold water and they will be thawed out by the time the rice is done. Put a large sauté pan on at medium high. Add the water, the salt and the minute rice. Or, regular rice if you want. For meals like this I’ve settled on brown minute rice.

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Stir it and bring it to a fast simmer. Lower the heat to the point that it maintains a simmer and cover with a lid. Follow the instructions on the box for the best cooking time for the rice that you are using. Check to see if any more water is needed at about 3 minutes short of the prescribed cooking time. If so just enough to bring the surface of the liquid even with the top of the rice.

While the rice is cooking chop up the onion and garlic. Whisk up the egg –  or eggs – and have the snow peas standing by.

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Raise the heat on the pan to medium high and add just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put in the onions, garlic and shrimp.

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Spread the shrimp out so they are all lying flat and give them about a minute and a half a side. Add the snow peas to the pan and stir a couple of times as they warm up. That’s about all that you want to do is warm them up. Then put the rice in and add the soy sauce. Stir it all together and stir a few more times as the rice gets heated back up.

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When it is all heated up serve up your Shrimp Fried Rice with Snow Peas.

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You just made it better than take out. You’re GOOD!!

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  1. If you are using frozen shrimp just put them in a bowl of cold water and they will be thawed out by the time the rice is done. Put a large sauté pan on at medium high. Add the water, the salt and the minute rice. Or, regular rice if you want. For meals like this I've settled on brown minute rice.
  2. Stir it and bring it to a fast simmer. Lower the heat to the point that it maintains a simmer and cover with a lid. Follow the instructions on the box for the best cooking time for the rice that you are using. Check to see if any more water is needed at about 3 minutes short of the prescribed cooking time. If so just enough to bring the surface of the liquid even with the top of the rice. While the rice is cooking chop up the onion and garlic. Whisk up the egg or eggs and have the snow peas standing by.
  3. When the rice is done remove it from the pan to a bowl and drizzle the egg into the rice while you slowly stir the rice. Raise the heat on the pan to medium high and drizzle just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Put in the onions, garlic and shrimp.
  4. Spread the shrimp out so they are all lying flat and give them about a minute and a half a side. Add the snow peas to the pan and stir a couple of times as they warm up. That's about all that you want to do is warm them up. Then put the rice in with a dash of soy sauce. Stir it all together and stir a few more times as the rice gets heated back up.
  5. When it is all heated up serve it up. You just made it better than take out. You're GOOD!!
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Stir Fried Beef and Snow Peas

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Stir Fried Beef and Snow Peas-You are going to do it better than take out and faster than home delivery AGAIN!

If you don’t have any pre-cooked rice on hand start a pot of salted water set at high. If you are not using minute rice wait to start the beef until the rice has just started to get pliable when given the nibble test. If you are using minute rice just go ahead with the beef when you put the water on.

Cut the beef into strips or just buy some that are ready and waiting for you in the grocery store. I found them in mine and I’ll bet that yours has them too.

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Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When it gets hot put in the beef. Stir it often as it cooks. As it is cooking chop up the garlic. Add the black pepper, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, garlic, soy sauce and ginger. No salt! The soy sauce has enough to do the job.

When the beef is well browned all over add the snow peas.

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Stir in the peas and keep stirring often as the peas cook. When they have turned from the pale green that they were when you put them in to a bright green they are done. They won’t take long. Like 3-5 minutes. They are best if crisp, not mushy.

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You are good! Serve up your Stir Fried Beef and Snow Peas! Top it all off with a little more soy sauce and enjoy!

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  1. If you don't have any pre-cooked rice on hand start a pot of salted water set at high. If you are not using minute rice wait to start the beef until the rice has just started to get pliable when given the nibble test. If you are using minute rice just go ahead with the beef when you put the water on. Cut the beef into strips or just buy some that are ready and waiting for you in the grocery store. I found them in mine and I'll bet that yours has them too.
  2. Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball just enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. When it gets hot put in the beef. Stir it often as it cooks. As it is cooking chop up the garlic. Add the black pepper, red pepper flakes, sesame seeds, garlic, soy sauce and ginger. No salt! The soy sauce has enough to do the job.
  3. When the beef is well browned all over add the snow peas. Stir in the peas and keep stirring often as the peas cook. When they have turned from the pale green that they were when you put them in to a bright green they are done. They won't take long. Like 3-5 minutes. They are best if crisp, not mushy.
  4. You are good! Serve up your Stir Fried Beef and Snow Peas! Top it all off with a little more soy sauce and enjoy!
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You can use chicken instead of beef. Just cut it into strips and go.

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Shrimp Broccoli Stir Fried Rice – Twenty Minutes

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You will make this meal faster and better than your favorite Chinese delivery or take out. The whole Shrimp Broccoli Stir Fried Rice meal on the table in twenty minutes and real good.

If your shrimp is frozen put them in a bowl of water and they will be ready when it’s time to add them to the skillet. If you don’t have any leftover rice in the fridge put a pot of water on and add the salt. I use “minute rice” for a quick meal like this one but regular rice works fine just give it about a 10 minute head start. Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8″ deep. If your broccoli is frozen just microwave them for a minute. Chop up the garlic and cut the larger broccoli florets in half through the stems. 

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Put the broccoli in the pan and salt and pepper it. Toss a few times as they cook. When the water boils add the rice. Let it come back to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and put a lid on it. When the broccoli starts to singe on the edges – about 5 minutes -add the garlic. Squeeze some lemon juice on the garlic and toss it all together.

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Toss a few more times as the garlic cooks a little. Just about 1 minute. Push the broccoli and garlic to the outside of the pan and lay the shrimp out flat on the bottom the skillet. 

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Cook them just one minute each side.

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The rice should be done by now so add it to the skillet. Toss or stir to get it all mixed together. If the rice isn’t done yet just lower the heat on the skillet to medium low and toss occasionally ’til the rice catches up.

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Serve it up with some soy sauce topping it off and enjoy your Shrimp Broccoli Stir Fried Rice. Now wasn’t that easy?

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  1. If your shrimp is frozen put them in a bowl of water and they will be ready when it's time to add them to the skillet. If you don't have any leftover rice in the fridge put a pot of water on and add the salt. I use "minute rice" for a quick meal like this one but regular rice works fine just give it about a 10 minute head start. Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8" deep. Chop up the garlic and cut the larger broccoli florets in half through the stems. If your broccoli is frozen just microwave them for a minute.
  2. Put the broccoli in the pan and salt and pepper it. Toss a few times as they cook. When the water boils add the rice. Let it come back to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and put a lid on it. When the broccoli starts to singe on the edges - about 5 minutes -add the garlic. Squeeze some lemon juice on the garlic and toss it all together.
  3. Toss a few more times as the garlic cooks a little. Just about 1 minute. Push the broccoli and garlic to the outside of the pan and lay the shrimp out flat on the bottom the skillet. Cook the shrimp just about 1 minute each side.
  4. The rice should be done by now so add it to the skillet. Toss or stir to get it all mixed together. If the rice isn't done yet just lower the heat on the skillet to medium low and toss occasionally 'til the rice catches up.
  5. Serve it up with some soy sauce topping it off and enjoy your Shrimp Broccoli Stir Fried Rice. Now wasn't that easy?
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