A great stir-fry is all about timing. The trick is to have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start to cook so that every element can go in at exactly the right moment. Cooking in stages also allows the vegetables to get that irresistible seared-yet-crisp-and-tender quality. Sambal oelek is available in the international aisle of most supermarkets and is worth keeping on hand for adding a last-minute kick to many dishes. You could also substitute a generous pinch of crushed red pepper.
1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, divided
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons chile paste (such as sambal oelek)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1 cup diagonally cut snow peas
1/2 cup vertically sliced onion
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
2 cups hot cooked long-grain white rice
1/4 cup (1-inch) slices green onions
1/4 cup chopped unsalted roasted peanuts
How to Make It
Combine 2 teaspoons sesame oil and next 6 ingredients (through salt) in a small bowl. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil and 1 tablespoon canola oil; swirl. Add chicken; stir-fry 2 minutes. Remove chicken from pan.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil; swirl. Add bell peppers and next 4 ingredients (through garlic); stir-fry 1 minute. Add broth mixture; cook 30 seconds or until thick. Return chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes or until chicken is done. Spoon 1/2 cup rice onto each of 4 plates; top each with 1 cup chicken mixture, green onions, and peanuts.
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