Chicken Stir-Fry with a Twist Recipe

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Candy Gruman of Tucson, Arizona blends a savory sauce for this delightful chicken dish. The brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and ginger get added zip from chili sauce an cayenne pepper. Served over rice, this stir-fry makes a memorable meal.
Recommended: 38 Greek-Style Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2/3 cup each julienned green, sweet red and yellow pepper
  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup white wine or additional chicken broth
  • 3 cups hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 342 calories, 11g fat (1g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 529mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 4g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat.


  1. In a large skillet, saute the celery, carrots and onion in 3 tablespoons oil for 2 minutes. Add peppers; cook for 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels. Add chicken, mushrooms and remaining oil; stir-fry for 4 minutes. Stir in water chestnuts; cook 2-3 minutes longer or until heated through. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper towels.
  2. Drain skillet; add the broth, soy sauce, vinegar, chili sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and cayenne. Combine cornstarch and wine or broth until smooth; stir into broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; return vegetables and chicken to pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Chicken Stir-Fry with a Twist in Light & Tasty December/January 2002, p12

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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