Gluten Free Beef Stir Fry

I love stir fry meals for busy weeknights!  When you get home from a long day at work, you don’t want to spend a lot of time making dinner.  This is one of my favorite Asian inspired recipes that is on the table in 30 minutes.  I used frozen veggies to make the prep even faster!  Use petite sirloin when possible and slice it yourself.  It will be far more tender and flavorful than the cuts usually sold as stir fry beef.

3-4 Servings

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Ingredients:

  • 3/4 lb. petite sirloin cut into thin strips
  • 4 oz. gluten free Pad Thai rice noodles
  • 1 lb. bag frozen Asian stir fry vegetables
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 baby Bok choy, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Mirin (rice wine)
  • 2 tbsp.  gluten free soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup gluten free chicken broth
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • olive oil
  • toasted sesame oil
  • additional gluten free soy sauce, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • scallions, for finishing (optional)
  • toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Preparation:

Toast sesame seeds in a small saucepan and set aside.

Whisk together the Mirin, soy sauce, chicken broth, garlic powder, ginger powder and cornstarch.  Set aside.  Boil water for the noodles and salt well.

Chop the Bok choy, separating the bulb from the leaves.

Heat a large skillet and add a little olive oil with 1 tsp. sesame oil.  Quickly brown the beef on the outside (don’t cook through), transfer to a bowl and sprinkle with gluten free soy sauce.

Wipe the skillet clean, and begin cooking the onion in olive oil, with a tsp. of sesame oil.  Add the bulb (bottom section) of the Bok choy, reserving the leaves.

Next add the frozen veggies, garlic and Bok choy leaves.  Season with ground pepper and a few more shakes of soy sauce.  Cover and cook 3 minutes.

Cook the noodles for 3 minutes and drain.  To finish, add the beef back to the skillet, and toss for 30 seconds to finish cooking.

Add the noodles and pour the sauce over everything, then use 2 spatulas to turn and coat evenly with the mixture.  Toss continuously for about 1 minute or until the sauce thickens.

Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with scallions and/or sesame seeds.

This dinner is a real family favorite.  People are always surprised at how easy it comes together and the frozen veggies are a real time saver.

Notes ♪♫ Always check that your soy sauce, chicken broth, seasonings and noodles are gluten free.

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Gluten Free Orange Chicken

Foodie friends, I’ve been craving Chinese food!  Unfortunately for me, many Asian dishes are made with soy sauce, so they are off limits on a gluten free diet.  I have been thinking about a lightened up, gluten free version of this classic dish for a while now and dinner was a hit!  The chicken is not fried, so it’s a bit healthier than the restaurant version.  Gluten free coconut aminos make it safe for me, and lower in sodium for hubby.  I served it over fried rice.  Mr. Cucina is not gluten free, and he said this one is a do-over, the ultimate compliment!

3-4 servings

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Ingredients:

For the marinade:

  • 12 oz. Boneless chicken breast
  • ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • ¼ tsp. Powdered ginger
  • 1 tsp. toasted Sesame oil
  • zest of 1 orange

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Arrowroot starch
  • ¼ cup gluten free low sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1 tsp. honey

For the garnish:

  • 1 tsp. Sesame seeds, toasted
  • scallion greens, sliced diagonal

Preparation:

Toast the sesame seeds and reserve for garnish.  I like to toast them in a small non-stick saucepan, so that they don’t fly all over the place!  As soon as they start to get a little color transfer them to a bowl.

Cut the chicken into 1” cubes and place in a bowl.  Whisk together the marinade ingredients (orange juice concentrate through orange zest) and pour over the chicken.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Drain the chicken, reserving the marinade.  To make the sauce, heat the olive oil and minced garlic in a small non-stick saucepan.  Cook one minute until garlic is fragrant, then whisk in the remaining ingredients, arrowroot through honey.

Stream in the reserved marinade, whisking constantly to make a smooth sauce.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until the sauce is thick and bubbling.  Keep warm while you finish the dish.  Important: because the marinade has been in contact with raw meat, it must reach a full boil in order to be safe to eat.

In a large non-stick skillet, heat 1 tbsp. Olive oil and 1 tsp. Sesame oil.  Cook the chicken, turning to brown all sides.  Don’t crowd the pan, spread the chicken out so pieces don’t touch.  Brown in batches if needed.

Dip the chicken in the sauce, a few pieces at a time.

Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the scallion greens and toasted sesame seeds.

I served it with fried rice.  Doesn’t that look delicious?  Once you taste it, you’ll want to add this Asian inspired dinner to your rotation.  We loved it and it was just as good leftover!

Notes ♪♫ Using frozen orange juice concentrate along with orange zest gives the sauce a more intense citrus flavor and helps with thickening.  If using orange juice, you will need to adjust the amount of arrowroot starch in order for the sauce to reach the right consistency.

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Gluten Free Chicken Stir Fry

Stir fry meals are one of my weeknight favorites.  My go-to recipe is very forgiving, so you can change up the meat, veggies and noodles to suit your taste or use up what’s in your pantry.  Today I’m using boneless chicken breast which I always have on hand, along with fresh veggies and gluten free pasta twists.

4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tbsp. olive or canola oil, divided
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil, divided
  • powdered ginger
  • garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup gluten free chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • gluten free soy sauce, to taste
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced diagonally
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thin sliced
  • 3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup cauliflower, cut into 1/2″ dice
  • 1 head baby bok choy, chopped and leaves separated from stalks
  • 4 oz. gluten free pasta twists (I used Jovial)

Preparation:

Cut the chicken into 1″ cubes and place in a bowl with 1 tsp. sesame oil and 1 tsp. olive or canola oil.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and ginger.  Whisk together the chicken broth, mirin and corn starch.  Boil water for the pasta.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat with 1 tbsp. olive or canola oil and add the cubed chicken, leaving space between pieces.  Don’t crowd the pan, do it in batches if needed.  Season with salt and pepper.  Turn the chicken to brown all sides, it doesn’t need to be cooked through at this point.

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While the chicken is browning wash the bowl or use a clean bowl.  Sprinkle the chicken with a little soy sauce and transfer into the clean bowl.  Wipe the skillet clean.

Add the remaining olive or canola oil to the skillet and begin cooking the vegetables.  Start with the carrots, as they take longest to cook and gradually add the other vegetables.  Save the tender bok choy leaves for last so they retain some texture and crunch.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and ginger, and drizzle with 1 tsp. sesame oil and a few shakes of soy sauce.

While you stir fry the veggies, cook the pasta according to package directions.

To finish the dish, return the chicken to the skillet along with the cooked pasta, remaining tsp. of sesame oil and a few more shakes of soy sauce.  Combine and cook 2 more minutes to heat the chicken through.

Pour the chicken broth mixture over everything and use 2 spatulas to turn and coat evenly.  Continue stirring and tossing as the liquid thickens.  Transfer to a serving platter.

 

Notes: ♪♫  You can substitute beef, pork or shrimp for the chicken.  Use rice, gluten free Asian noodles or other pasta shape in place of the pasta twists.  Veggie combinations are endless, zucchini and sugar snap peas are spring favorites!  Be sure your soy sauce is gluten free, my favorite brand is Kikkoman.

 

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