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Saturday, May 10, 2014

soy ginger chicken stir fry


Soy Ginger Chicken Stir Fry is a pretty basic Asian stir fry dish, but for those of us eating The Harcombe Diet way (and which I highly recommend for anyone who suffers from hypoglycemia), a few modifications yields a delightful and THD friendly meal.

Begin by marinating 2 chicken breasts, diced, in about 1/2 c natural soy sauce. No sugar in the sauce, please. You'd be surprised how many soy sauces are made with sugar.

Chop up 5 cloves of garlic, and about the same amount of ginger root, and mix those in the marinade as well.


This is the easiest way to peel garlic. Separate the cloves, flatten with a knife, and the papers fall right off.

To avoid garlic hands, chop garlic first, then follow up with the fresh ginger root. I learned this trick happily and by mistake.


Let the chicken marinate for 2-8 hours.

30 minutes before dinner, drain off the extra juice from the meat and reserve. Heat up a pan that has a matching lid, pop in several Tbs of coconut oil, and follow with one onion, each half cut into four chunks, and the drained chicken.

Brown the chicken on hot.

Add 1/4 cabbage cubed, 1 small head of broccoli in florets, and 1 carrot chopped into thin slices. Stir in and immediately pop the lid on the pan. Let cook in it's own juice for about 10 minutes, stirring and checking occasionally as you feel the need.

Once the veg is mostly softened but not quite cooked, add one tomato sliced into wedges, and the reserved soy marinade (about 1/4 cup) with 2 Tbs arrowroot powder stirred in. Since THD doesn't allow for grains to mix with fats, cornstarch for thickening is out. Arrowroot, however, is not a grain at all, and is a gluten free option for thickening all kinds of sauces and gravies. It works much like cornstarch. Use the same way.


Once thickened and cooked through, serve over cauliflower rice (steamed and mashed cauliflower). This recipe is also really yummy with chilis and beef, or shrimp and snap peas, and you can change out the veg as desired.

For those not on THD, you can make this a sugar-free sweet and sour stir fry by adding 1 diced pineapple and 2 more tomatoes in the tomato step, and a little extra arrowroot/cornstarch.


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