Chicken And Pistachio "Fried Rice" With Fresh Ginger And Chinese Hot Mustard by Shawn McClain

Rating: 
Yield: 
4-6 servings.
Ingredients: 

4 tablespoons Peanut oil
1 pound Chicken breast (skinned, cut into 1/2" cubes)
1 tablespoon Sesame oil
2 tablespoons Fresh ginger, minced
1/4 teaspoon Fresh garlic, minced
3 cups Cooked white rice, cold
1 1/2 cups Pistachios, shelled
1/2 cup Peas
1/4 cup Scallions, chopped
3 tablespoons Oyster sauce
1/4 cup Water
1 tablespoon Chinese mustard
2 tablespoons Soy sauce
Sea salt
1 cup Chinese mustard greens
1 teaspoon Sesame oil
1 cup Fresh mung bean sprouts
2 tablespoons Pistachios, shelled, chopped (for garnish) 

Instructions: 

In a wok (or large non-stick fry pan) over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of peanut oil until oil begins to smoke. Add chicken and stir fry until browned on all sides.Remove and let drain. Meanwhile, add remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and sesame oil into wok and return to high heat. Quickly cook together ginger and garlic for 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add rice, pistachios, peas and scallions and continue stir frying for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add chicken, oyster sauce, water, mustard and soy sauce and let cook 3-5 minutes or until hot throughout. Remove from heat and season with salt if needed.Lightly toss mustard greens in sesame oil.
To Serve
Mold warm fried rice onto warm serving plates and garnish with greens, pistachios and bean sprouts.

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According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

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One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

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