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Hungry Girl Today: 10.16.12

HG's Veggie-Loaded Cashew Chicken

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HUNGRY GIRL TO THE MAX!, which is THE Hungry Girl BIBLE, hits shelves TODAY! To celebrate, we're leaking one of the MANY new recipes. (There are 650 recipes in total. AHHHH!!!) Make it, and then hustle out to pick up YOUR copy of TO THE MAX!

1/2 cup fat-free chicken broth
1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce
1 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 cups quartered mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. chopped garlic
8 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 cup snow peas
1/4 cup unsalted roasted cashews
2 tbsp. chopped scallions

In a medium bowl, stir cornstarch into broth until dissolved. Mix in soy sauce, vinegar, and ginger.

Bring a wok (or large skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir until slightly softened, 5 - 6 minutes.

Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add to the wok. Add snow peas and cashews. Cook and stir for about 4 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked.

Stir sauce mixture, and add to the wok. Cook and stir until sauce has slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

Top with scallions, and dig in!


Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups)
Calories: 318
Fat: 9.5g
Sodium: 863mg
Carbs: 25g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 10g
Protein: 33.5g

PointsPlus® value 8*

Cashew Chicken, Average

Are You Nuts?
Cashew chicken is one super-popular menu item at Chinese restaurants. But that popularity has nothing to do with nutritional content. Remember all the talks we've had about nuts having healthy fats, but how you don't need to eat too many of them to reap the benefits? Well, you also don't need to eat them in a pool of oil. The chicken and veggies in the dish are perfectly guilt-free, and even the sauce isn't so bad. So it's CLEAR that the problems lie in the number of nuts (too many!) and the way the chicken is cooked (stir-fried in oodles of oil!). Our cashew chicken features just the right amount of nuttiness, the perfect preparation (cooked in a wok, with just a spritz of nonstick spray), and lots of yummy veggies! All of the flavor you crave, without having to worry about going up a pants size!

Serving Size: 1 portion
Calories: 632
Fat: 25g
Sodium: 2,273mg
Carbs: 64g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 25.5g
Protein: 37g

PointsPlus® value 17*

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