Delicious recipes from the kitchens of the Butler sisters

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Kung pao chicken (with noodles)

  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 6 oz skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp fresh ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp crushed dry roasted peanut

For the sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp reduced soy sauce (tamari for gluten free)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp Sambal Oelek Red Chili Paste (or more to taste) I substituted with Sriracha hot chili sauce 
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, balsamic, hoisin, water, red chili paste, sugar and cornstarch; set aside.

Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat oil in a large, deep nonstick pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.

Reduce heat to medium, add sesame oil, garlic and ginger to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about  30 seconds. Add the bell pepper, stir in soy sauce mixture and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened and bubbling, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in zucchini noodles and cook, mixing for about two minutes until just tender and mixed with the sauce. If it seems dry, don't worry the zucchini will release moisture which helps create a sauce. Once cooked, mix in chicken and top with peanuts. 

I added a little chicken broth to mix and put it over angel hair pasta. 

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Made this for Aaron and Chad tonight and they devoured it:)

i jar (16 oz) alfredo sauce
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
2 cups cooked brocolli, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded parmesan
21 jumbo pasta shells, cooked
1 1/2 – 2 cups spaghetti sauce (optional, but I love the combination of alfredo with tomato sauce!)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix alfredo, chicken, broccoli, and cheeses.  Spoon mixture into pasta shells.
Grease 13 x 9 baking dish with butter or cooking spray.  Evenly spread spaghetti sauce on bottom of baking dish.  Arrange shells in baking pan.  Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until heated thru.