Tuesday, February 10, 2015

"Miracle" Chicken & Broccoli

As I mentioned on Friday, we've been making big batches of grilled chicken or shrimp in various marinades on Sundays and then using them throughout the week in salads, etc. This week I had some chicken teriyaki marinating, and that's where this dish was born.

Have you ever heard of "miracle noodles?" They are the most bizarre thing, but they are "noodles" or "rice" shirataki noodles. The kicker? They have zero calories. Or zero anything really for that matter. Regardless, I had to give them a try. (Rice version shown below, but for this recipe I actually used the classic "noodles," which are closer to spaghetti or yakisoba noodles).

First, you have to get over the STRONG fish smell. I've seen recipes using these in Italian-like dishes, but the fish smell makes me feel like they'd really only work in Asian-inspired dishes. I also read online they taste better if you rinse them thoroughly first and then microwave them in water for one minute.

They have them at Kroger and QFC stores next to the tofu if you're interested (if they don't have the "miracle" brand, look for "shirataki noodles" and it's essentially the same thing ... or you can get them on Amazon.

Anyway, my dish with them was really good and I didn't miss having real rice or pasta!

"Miracle" Chicken & Broccoli (serves two)
2 small bags "miracle" noodles or rice
2 chicken breasts, grilled (we marinated ours in teriyaki sauce, garlic and diced green onions overnight before grilling on the BBQ)
4 cups broccoli, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 TBL garlic
3 green onions, chopped
Teriyaki sauce to taste (I actually used a mix of regular teriyaki sauce and a stir fry teriyaki sauce , which is a little bit thicker).
Couple swirls of Olive Oil

Rinse your miracle noodles well. Place in a microwaveable bowl and cover with water. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Drain from water and set aside.

Heat garlic and a couple swirls of olive oil over medium heat until garlic is fragrant. Add green onions. Add broccoli. Add a couple of TBL of teriyaki sauce. Cook until broccoli is soft to your liking. Add miracle noodles and toss to coat. At the very end, add cubed or sliced chicken to warm. Serve and enjoy!!

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