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Chicken Stir-Fry

25 minutes
Serves: 8

Variation: Use cubes of beef, pork or turkey for another stir-fry! Or just add vegetables and tofu (bean curd), for a vegetable stir-fry!

  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil (optional)
  • 1-3/4 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Mixed Vegetables

  • 1-1/2 cups fresh carrots, peeled, diced
  • 1/3 cup onions, diced
  • 2-1/2 cups fresh broccoli florets, or
         2 cups frozen mixed oriental vegetables

1. Dissolve cornstarch in soy sauce. Add ginger, garlic, pepper, and sesame oil (optional) to cornstarch mixture and whisk to blend.

2. In saucepan, bring chicken broth and water to a boil.

3. Slowly odd cornstarch mixture, whisking continuously until combined. Return sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until sauce is smooth and thick, about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. continued on next card


4. In a medium skillet, heat 1 Tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes until no signs of pink remain. Remove chicken from heat, cover and set aside.


5. In the same skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of oil over medium-high heat. If using fresh vegetables, sauté carrots over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add onions and cook for 1 minute. Add broccoli and cook for 2 more minutes. If using frozen vegetables, add vegetables to oil and took over medium heat until tender, about 3 minutes.


6. Add cooked chicken and reserved sauce to vegetables and toss to thoroughly coat. It's time to eat!

Nutrients per serving
3/4 cup

  • Calories 149
  • Saturated fat 1.1 g
  • Iron 1.0 mg
  • Protein 16 g
  • Cholesterol 33 mg
  • Calcium 30 mg
  • Carbohydrate 7 mg
  • Vitamin A 665 RE
  • Sodium 323 mg
  • Total Fat 6.3 g
  • Vitamin C 22 mg
  • Dietary Fiber 2 g


Ask your children how many fruits they had today. Do they need to eat more fruit according to the Food Guide Pyramid? Remember, fruit is an easy snack. It works well for picnics and school snacks. Bananas, raisins and apples pack well.


Fill the gap between knowing and doing. Most of us know that variety is important. Make it a goal for your family to try at least one new fruit each month. Make fruit easy for your kids b see and reach. Try a fruit bowl on the table.


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