Chicken Stir Fry with Broccoli & Cabbage Prep: 25 mins Cook: 20 mins Total: 45 mins Serves: 4
•6 medium cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
•3″ piece fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
•1 bunch scallions, light and dark parts separated, light parts finely chopped and dark green parts cut into 2″ pieces and set aside
•1¼ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
•2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil, divided
•4 Tablespoons Coconut Aminos, divided (see NOTES for Soy substitution)
•⅛ tsp + ¼ tsp ground white pepper, divided
•½ tsp + 1 tsp kosher salt, divided
•⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
•⅔ cup chicken broth or stock plus a couple more splashes for cooking
•1½ lbs green cabbage, core removed and cut into 1″ pieces
•1¼ lb head of broccoli, stalks trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces, florets cut into even bite sized pieces
•½ lb white mushrooms, cleaned, stems trimmed and quartered
•¼ cup cold water
•¼ cup tapioca flour
•1 Tablespoon virgin coconut oil, divided
•cauliflower rice for serving
1.Grab garlic, ginger and scallions.Cut the scallions so the whites and darks are divided.
2.Peel garlic, smash cloves and finely chop. Peel ginger with a teaspoon, smash and finely chop.Smash and finely chop scallion whites.
3.Cut scallion greens into 2″ pieces and set aside.
4.In a small bowl, combine chopped garlic, ginger and scallion whites.
5.Trim chicken thighs of any big pieces of visible fat and cut into bite sized pieces (about 1½ to 2″). Add 3 Tablespoons of the garlic, ginger and scallion white mixture to the chicken pieces along with 1 Tablespoon of toasted sesame oil, 2 Tablespoons of coconut aminos, ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper and ½ teaspoon of kosher salt. Mix until well combined, cover and place in refrigerator to marinate while you finish prepping the vegetables.
6.Remove core from cabbage and chop into 1″ pieces. Don’t worry if they are not even or perfect. There will be some bigger chunks here and there.
7.Wash mushrooms, trim ends and quarter.
8.Trim ends of broocoli and discard. Remove the florets and cut into even bite sized pieces. Set aside.
9.Cut the outer edge off of the broccoli stalks. If you are very patient or have more time, peel with a vegetable peeler. Slice the stalks lengthwise into thin strips. Stack the strips and slice lengthwise in half. Slice into 1″ pieces and set aside with chopped cabbage.
10.Grab remaining garlic, ginger and scallion white mixture and add remaining 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil, 2 Tablespoons coconut aminos, ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Also add in crushed red pepper flakes and ⅔ cup chicken broth. Stir to combine.
11.Finally, combine cold water with tapioca flour until dissolved.
12.Heat wok or very large skillet over high heat. Add ½ Tablespoon coconut oil. Once hot, add in cabbage and broccoli stalks. Cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
13.Add a splash chicken broth, cover and cook 4 to 5 minutes until tender.
14.Add in broccoli florets and mushrooms. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
15.Add a splash of chicken broth, cover and cook 1 to 2 more minutes. Remove vegetable mixture from wok to a serving bowl.
16.Return wok to heat, add remaining ½ Tablespoon coconut oil. Once hot, add in chicken thighs. Cook untouched for 2 minutes.
17.Stir to mix and scrap the bottom of the wok, continue cooking for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
18.Add garlic-coconut amino sauce to chicken and bring to a rapid boil. Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes.
19.Remove lid, pour in tapioca starch mixture and immediately stir to combine. The sauce will thicken rapidly.
20.Toss the vegetables back in along with the scallion greens. Toss to with sauce, remove from heat and serve immediately. Enjoy!
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