|Prep Time||30 minutes|
|Cook Time||15 minutes|
Okay, well admit it sounds funny (unless you are Cantonese!) but Moo Goo Gai Pan is one of the delicious healthy low calorie recipes that gives chicken breasts a spicy Chinese twist.
With the combination of ginger, garlic, water chestnuts and green vegetables, you are unlikely to find anything better (or healthier) at your local Chinese restaurant. The finishing touch of white wine makes sure it doesnt taste like you are sacrificing flavor for calories either.
Bok choy is also known as Chinese cabbage and is widely used in Asian cooking as an alternative to western brassicas such as cabbage and kale. Further, though, bok choy has long been known to have medicinal benefits due to its high levels of vitamin A, calcium and glucosinates, which have been shown to prevent cancer when eaten in moderate quantities.
Snow peas (also called mangetout) are one of the earliest known cultivated vegetables. Like bok choy, they are a popular addition to Chinese food and are loved for their sweet crunchiness. Snow peas are high in vitamins A and C, iron and potassium and low in calories, adding much nutrition to this dish.
Ginger and garlic are said to be two thirds of the holy trio of Chinese spices (chile providing the third member) and are one reason that traditional Chinese cooking is so healthful and tasty. Both ginger and garlic have many medicinal uses in addition to their characteristic flavor.
Ginger has been shown to benefit blood circulation in humans as well as reducing nausea, relaxing the gastro-intestinal tract and lowering cholesterol. Garlic is also known to be good for heart health by reducing cholesterol, fatty deposits in blood vessels and, consequently, blood pressure. It also has pronounced antimicrobial qualities and may increase testosterone levels!
While we cannot say conclusively that eating this dish will make you live to be 100 years old, you really cannot go wrong with our version of Moo Goo Gai Pan if you are looking for healthy low calorie recipes with plenty of taste and health benefits.
2 tablespoons peanut or sesame oil
1/4 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
1/4 pound snow peas
1 can drained sliced water chestnuts (8 oz.)
1/4 pound sliced bok choy
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root
3/4 cup thinly sliced skinless, boneless chicken breast
3 tablespoons white wine
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon corn starch
2 tablespoons water
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Photo: Jeff Kuehnhoff