All you need is:
- Mushrooms (I used baby bellas this time)
- Toasted sesame oil
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper
- Garlic salt (I still throw that on everything)
I also used sesame seeds this time but those are totally optional. Now that I've made this a few times I've figured out my timing, I cut the chicken into little pieces before I do anything else, don't even heat the pan yet because it gets way too hot! Once the chicken is cut up, sprinkle it with the salt and pepper THEN turn the stove on. Put about a tablespoon of the toasted sesame oil and a tablespoon of olive oil in the pan. While that's heating up I started slicing the mushrooms and chopping the garlic & shallots (I try to make the garlic really small, Ty's not a fan of big chunks of garlic like I am...the shallots I pretty much just slice really thin.)
The pan is usually about ready by this time so I threw in the chicken. While that's cooking I cut up the broccoli into small florets (fancy term for broccoli pieces.) You have to pay attention to the chicken and flip it around a few times to get it to cook throughly. I also have a fear of burnt garlic - that smell lingers for a LONG time! So instead of putting the garlic/shallots in before the chicken like they usually do on the Food Network, I put it in once the chicken is about half way done.
One thing I will do differently next time is get the mushrooms started in another pan while the chicken is cooking. I forget how long they take to soften up! I also think I waited a little too long to put the broccoli in this time, it was a little crispier than I like. Anyway, once the chicken isn't pink anymore but also hasn't browned yet, I threw in the mushrooms, broccoli and sesame seeds. This is also about the time I got the rice in the microwave because it takes like 10 mins. to cook - I tend to forget this and the chicken, etc. is done and has to sit until the rice is ready.
Taste the chicken, etc. to see if you want to add any garlic salt then it's ready! Just serve it over rice:
Ty wanted to mix it up a little (again, this is so easy, healthy and cheap we're making it like once a week!) so I tossed some of the chicken, etc. in a General Tao's sauce and he loved it!
This also makes really good leftovers, or so Ty tells me, you know I'm not a leftover fan :)