Barley and Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry

“From: "Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way" by Lorna Sass. "Stir-fries are ideal for quick meals, especially when you have leftover cooked barley--or any other sturdy grain." "To make prep quicker still, purchase the chicken already sliced for stir-fry."”

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. First make the sauce:.
  2. In a bowl, combine the sherry, soy sauce, vinegar, mustard, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, molasses and red pepper flakes.
  3. Slice the chicken into thin strips along the grain and place them in a small bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of the sauce and toss the chicken to coat. Set aside.
  4. Cut the broccoli florets from the stalks. Reserve the stalks for another purpose. Cut the florets into small pieces about 1 1/2 inches across the top.
  5. Heat a large wok or skillet over high heat. Add the peanut oil and swirl to coat the surface. Add the broccoli and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Stir in the chicken, water chestnuts, cooked barley, and remaining sauce. Cook uncovered, stirring frequently, until the chicken is cooked 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Stir in sesame seeds and scallion greens. Add more soy sauce, if needed.
  8. Chenin Blanc is the recommended wine to drink with this dish.
  9. Option:.
  10. Vegetarian Brown Rice and Tofu Stir-Fry:.
  11. Instead of chicken, use 1 pound Asian-style baked tofu, cut into cubes.
  12. Cook for only 1 minute before adding the sesame seeds.

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