Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Cilantro Lime Rice (and a Giveaway!)
Garlicky stir fry broccoli and chicken is paired with a fresh cilantro and lime flavored rice. The weeknight meal comes together even faster with the use of Minute® White Rice.
One of the biggest compromises my husband and I had to make when we became a couple was making rice during meals. Mr. K loves rice and grew up eating it at nearly every meal, no matter what was being served. It could be Chinese food, fried chicken, spaghetti, etc. Everything was served with rice! I was never a fan of rice growing up. My mom mainly prepared Chinese food and I know Chinese dishes and rice go hand in hand, but I only wanted to eat the proteins and vegetables and never the rice. Once I started cooking for myself, I stopped cooking plain rice altogether, until I met my husband.
During the week, I rarely make rice, even though I cook a lot of stir fry dishes. Rice cooked the traditional way is time consuming and I just don’t have the energy or time during the week. Enter Minute® Rice.
Minute® Rice cooks in just 5 minutes. They do the cooking for you. It couldn’t be simpler. You boil water, add your rice, stir, let it sit for a few minutes and it’s done. It was so easy, I made my husband do it.
I’ve been pretty impressed with Minute® White Rice as a solution to our lack of rice at meals. Now we can have more well-rounded, complete meals. After trying it out once, I immediately bought a few more to keep in my pantry.
For this particular recipe, I decided to enhance the rice with some fresh lime juice and cilantro. I actually don’t mind rice when there are other ingredients added to it.
I’ve really been craving the flavors of fresh herbs lately, probably because of the lack of fresh produce in the winter. Luckily for me, both limes and cilantro were on sale when I went shopping, so I picked up some for this rice. The rice is already fine on its own, but the lime and cilantro adds a wonderful freshness and lightness to it which pairs well with the flavorful garlic stir fry.
Garlic Stir Fry with Cilantro Lime Rice
- 8 oz boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 2 broccoli crowns, cut into small florets (should be about 2 cups worth)
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
for the garlic sauce:
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp cornstarch
for the rice:
- 1 cup Minute® White Rice
- 2 tsp chopped cilantro
- 2 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice
1. In a small sauce pan, add all of the sauce ingredients except cornstarch and water. Bring to a simmer on the stove and stir, letting ingredients blend together for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. In a small bowl, add water and cornstarch and completely dissolve cornstarch in water. Add mixture to the sauce. The sauce should start to thicken once it simmers again. Let sauce thicken for about 30 seconds before turning off heat. Set aside.
2. Add 1 tsp of oil into a large pan or wok over medium high heat on the stove. Once the oil is hot, add in your chicken. Cook until chicken is nearly done but still slightly pink.
3. Add in broccoli and cook until both chicken and broccoli are fully cooked. Stir in sauce and mix/toss a few times until all ingredients are evenly coated and cooked in garlic sauce.
4. To make the rice, follow the instructions on the box exactly. Once rice is finished, stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Serve with the stir fry.
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