Chicken & Green Bean Stir Fry

One of my favorite quick and easy meal ideas that is also healthy is stir fry.  A little protein with some veggies with a yummy sauce.  Delicious and easy!

Stir Fry is one of my favorite ways to use fresh vegetables, especially green beans.  In the summer we always seem to have more green beans than we can use.  Jim usually walks around the neighborhood giving them away.

You could use this recipe with any of your favorite veges – corn, snap peas, broccoli, zucchini  – be creative.

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I like my vegetables to stay slightly crisp in my stir fry – don’t want them over cooked.  A quick and easy way to cook your green beans is to steam them for just 2 minutes in the microwave first before adding them to the stir fry.  Just snap off the ends of the beans and put them in a ziploc bag. Microwave on high for 2 minutes and then let them sit.  They are firm and a pretty green and ready to add into the stir fry.

Chicken and Green Bean Stir Fry

Besides the meat and the vegetable a good, flavorful sauce is essential for a good stir fry.

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The only other thing you need is some good rice – white rice  or brown rice and you are ready to go!

Chicken & Green Bean Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 lb. green beans
  • 2-3 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 3 tsp garlic, minced
  • 5 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar

Instructions

  • Steam green beans by placing them in a Ziploc baggie and microwaving on high for about 2 minutes
  • Until crisp-tender and bright green
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. sesame oil in pan over medium heat
  • Add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until cooked through
  • Remove chicken from pan
  • Add remaining oil to pan and add green beans, garlic and ginger and stir fry for 1-2 minutes
  • Add chicken back in
  • Add in soy sauce and vinegar and cook until sauce begins to thicken - about 2-3 minutes
  • Serve over rice

Comments

  1. 1

    Great tip of steaming the green beans first. Your sauce sounds simple, but very flavorful – which is perfect. I love a little vinegar in my stir fry sauces as well – give is a little tangy acidity to round out the saltiness of the soy sauce. Thanks!

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    MelanieL says:

    Yum! I couldn’t wait for this! It looks so easy and delicious, I will be trying it soon:)

  3. 3

    Simple. Easy. healthy! Who could ask for more?? This dish looks amazing, so flavorful and just plain old good!
    Andrea the Kitchen Witch recently posted..Pasta with Garlic scapes, peas and Asiago cream sauce

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    Julie says:

    Never thought of adding green beans to my stir fry, but I love them in everything else so I’m sure this is awesome :)
    Julie recently posted..Baked Beans with Swiss Chard

  5. 5

    Looks delicious! A recipe to add to my box for the green beans from the summer garden!
    Caren with a “C” recently posted..Gorgonzola, Broccoli, and Chicken Pasta Heaven

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    Patti says:

    This sounds delicious but really wanted to thank you for your newsletters………they are one of my favorite things to look forward to on Friday’s. This week with the assigned days, the lists, and the chore ideas…was perfect timing with my family………they have all been wonderful.

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    camie says:

    YUM! This looks like a recipe I need to try!

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    kelly says:

    love green beans and stir fry! i love the steaming tip, do you close the bag or leave it open? i know some of those steamer bags have holes in them, just wondering.

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    Elizabeth S. says:

    Hi,
    I have never made a stir fry before so could you please tell me what kind of vinegar to use, please? I would like to make this over the weekend.
    Elizabeth S. recently posted..Flower

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    Susan says:

    This dish was delicious and received a thumbs up from eveyone around the table. I took your suggestion and served it with the nutty brown rice and it was the perfect compliment. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    patti says:

    We had this last night and the first sound from my 5 year old granddaughter was “MMMMMM!”
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    camie says:

    I made this last night and it was delicious! Thanks for the great recipe and the tip on how to steam veggies in a ziploc.

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    Tannis says:

    Yum! We just had this for dinner and it was so good. I used apple cider vinegar and just a tablespoon of it too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    clg123 says:

    Great recipe. Next time I would probably reduce the sesame oil but overall a healthy and simple dish. It came together very quickly. Thank you.

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