Both of these meals use the same basic ingredients, chicken, snap peas, carrots, and rice. I prefer to serve a floral and flavorful Jasmine rice with these, but you could also just use white or brown rice. Brown rice takes longer to cook; but it’s better for you because it has more fiber. One complaint I’ve always had about brown rice is its texture, it always turns out chewy…but I found that by cooking it twice, (actually if you want to get technical, you cook it once, and then steam it) it gives you get a nice soft brown rice. And it actually takes less time to cook with this method. Twice Cooked Brown Rice
Meal Idea #1 - Spicy Mint Chicken
This is a one pot, one stop stir fry. Once you do the mincing and chopping, about 15 minutes worth of time, the stir fry only takes about 6 – 8 minutes…from the time the chicken hits the pan. Start your rice when you start your prep and everything should end up done about the same time. Try this on Ginger-Scented Jasmine Rice.
LindySez: It’s good.Meal #2 Chinese -Style Baked Chicken Thighs is a very simple recipe using chicken thighs, or you could use legs and thighs if you want. I know the kids love their chicken legs. They are simply basted and baked with some Hoisin Sauce. Hoisin sauce is basically Chinese barbecue sauce, with a sweet spicy flavor. Serve these Chinese – Style Baked Chicken Thighs with the Ginger-Scented Jasmine Rice ; take those snow peas and carrots, steam them lightly, toss with a little butter or sesame seed oil and sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top, if you have any.
Dinner Menu #1, goes really nicely with a Viognier, the tropical fruits compliment the sweet mint and slight heat from the jalapeno. Dinner Menu # 2 goes nicely with a Pinot Noir. The fruit in the Pinot works beautifully with the slightly anise flavors in the 5-Spice as well as the sweet hot of the hoisin. They both go great with some Jasmine Tea.