Oh yeah, and the picture of this Speedy Chicken Stir-Fry on the cover of a back issue of Kraft’s Food and Family magazine.
Now that most kids are back in school, I feel like lives are super crazy as everyone re-learns how to adjust to a new normal. Schedules, activities, homework – all things we’ve forgotten about in the hot days of summer. So it always seems like the first few weeks of back to school are insane and busy, and all you want is an easy, fast dinner to put on the table for your family.
I was searching for some dinner inspiration, and came across a stack of old Food and Family magazines that I had kept. This is a magazine that Kraft puts out, and for awhile, I was receiving free copies of it. Sometime in the last few years they stopped coming, but I still go back to those old copies every once in awhile! There are some great, easy weeknight meal ideas, plus lots of tempting desserts! When I picked up the Fall 2007 issue and saw this stir fry, I knew I wanted to try it. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.
Speedy Chicken Stir-Fry
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
1/2 pound angel hair pasta uncooked
2 cups small broccoli floets
1 pound. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup KRAFT Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
2 ablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/3 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Add in the broccoli in the last 3 minutes of cooking.
Meanwhile, spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add in the chicken and cook until no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the dressing, soy sauce and spices and cook an additional minute.
Drain the pasta and broccoli and add to a large bowl. Pour the chicken mixture over the top and mix lightly. Sprinkle the nuts on top.
*I used a thin spaghetti instead of angel hair pasta because I had it on hand. I think either would work perfectly.
*We served this with additional dressing on the side for if we wanted more sauce.
I’m not usually drawn to recipes that use specific brand ingredients, like the dressing that is used in this recipe. Mostly because I’d hate to fall in love with a recipe, and then be disappointed when/if they ever discontinue it. But I put this on my menu anyway, and had my fingers crossed when I went shopping that I’d be able to find the dressing, since the magazine is several years old. Luckily, it was very easy to find!! And, well – I am totally in love with that dressing. After tasting it, I knew I was going to love this recipe.
This recipe was so easy and definitely speedy. By the time my pasta was cooked, I had everything else ready to go, so it was very fast to put together. And we all loved this dish, too. I liked mine heavier on the sauce, so I actually put more dressing on the dish after trying a few bites, but it was perfect after that. Now that I have the dressing on hand, this is an easy pantry-staple meal for me. So great for those busy nights when you just want something easy!!
Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?
Yes! It was delicious and it was fast and it was family friendly – which is exactly what I think this magazine is all about.