Asian Fusion Spicy Green Curry Basil Chicken
(Adjust protein and serving size per your specific nutritional requirements)
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubes or sliced thinly
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded, cut into 1/2” dice
1/3 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2” dice
2 cups fresh or frozen green beans (or your favorite vegetable – works great with broccoli or asparagus or a mix of all)
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
2-3 Tbl San-J Brand Szechuan Cooking Sauce – depending on how spicy you like it (available at Sprouts Farmers Market) http://www.san-j.com/product_info.asp?id=7
1.5 tbl Thai Green Curry Paste (suggested, but optional – available at Sprouts Farmers Market) http://www.worldfoods.com.my/wf/products/range_paste.php#!productPhoto[iframe0]/7/
1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts or cashews (not dry-roasted – just plain peanuts; suggested, but optional, pending your own nutritional requirements)
In a large sauté pan, boil green beans in a cup or so of lightly salted water until cooked through but not overcooked; 2-3 min for frozen, 3-4 minutes fresh. Drain, remove from pan and set aside.
Dry out and spray sauté pan with non-stick cooking spray and sauté sliced onions, bell peppers and nuts over high heat for 2-3 minutes just until onions start to turn translucent (be careful not to burn nuts). Add in chicken and Green Curry Paste and continue to cook until chicken is cooked through. Add in precooked green beans and Szechuan Cooking Sauce to taste. Toss to coat. Add in fresh basil. Remove from heat and serve.
Serve over rice for a ‘traditional’ meal, or alone for a low carb meal.
Alternate non-spicy version and traditional Thai version:
For a non-spicy version, simply replace the Spicy Szechuan sauce with your favorite stir fry sauce (pay close attention to calories and carbs! – Kikkoman makes a good one with only 3 g. carbs available in any supermarket http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/products/products_hc_details.php?pf=10504&fam=105)
For a traditional Thai version, instead of using Szechuan cooking sauce, add one packet of Swanson Chicken Flavor Boost http://www.swansonbroth.com/ourproducts.aspx?boost=yes , increase Thai Green Curry Paste to 2 Tbl (or even 3 if you like it more flavorful), and add 1/4 cup (or a bit more if needed) light lowfat coconut milk and use cashews (not peanuts).