Tuesday, October 1, 2019

String Bean Chicken CopyCat with WW Points

Y'all know by now that I am following the WW Freestyle plan, formerly Weight Watchers. I love the app and find some great recipes and tips on there.
One thing I kept seeing was Panda Express and the green bean chicken. It is a big hit among WW folks because it is super low in points.

One day I was out shopping and lunch time rolled around. I was thinking where could I eat and not throw myself off track. I remembered Panda Express and headed over. I had the green bean chicken and a side of steamed vegetables, no rice or noodles. Oh my, it did not disappoint.

Several days later I kept thinking about the PE chicken. I wondered if maybe just maybe I could make a copycat recipe.
It's not exact, but I'll keep working on it. But it is yummy enough that I will take it any day of the week.

For the guys I added mushrooms, garlic and onions. Mine just had the chicken, green beans, onions and garlic. No mushrooms.

3 large chicken breast cut into thin slices
1 lb of whole snap beans, ends trimmed (fresh or frozen will work)
Vidalia onion, 1 cup diced
button mushrooms sliced, 1 cup
LIGHT soy sauce 2 TBSP
rice wine vinegar 1 TBSP
sesame oil 1 tsp
cornstarch 2 tsp
sugar 1 tsp or you could use an alternative sweetener
vegetable oil 2 TBSP
garlic, minced 4 cloves
ground ginger 2 tsp
water 3/4 cup

5.6 oz equals 190 calories

In a large non stick skillet, because I no longer have a wok, heat to medium high and add the vegetable oil and chicken, when there is very little pink left, stir in the onion, soy, rw vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, garlic, ginger and stir well. I cooked it about 5 minutes then added the mushrooms and green beans on top. Allow it to steam about 5 minutes, covered. Then removed the lid. I mixed the water and cornstarch and poured over, allow this to come to a boil, stirred well, reduced heat and cooked 2-3 minutes.

The leftovers the following day were even better. I think the flavors had time to marry up and it was better with the beans cooked a little more. Not mussy but firm and done.

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