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Walnut and Rice Chicken Stir Fry


  • 1 box rice pilaf with toasted orzo, such as Near East brand

  • 1/2 cup chicken stock, plus additional for cooking rice

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, chopped into 1-inch cubes

  • 3 red bell peppers, chopped into bite-size pieces

  • 4 large leeks, thoroughly cleaned and the white parts finely chopped

  • 1 piece of ginger (3 inches), peeled and grated

  • 6 garlic cloves, chopped or grated

  • 1/2 cup dry sherry

  • 1/4 cup Tamari (dark soy sauce)

  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts (4 ounces)

  • 1 cup walnut halves, toasted

  • A handful of flat leaf parsley or cilantro, whichever you prefer


In a saucepot, cook the rice according to package directions with chicken stock and reserve. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat with about two turns of the pan of EVOO. Once the skillet is smoking hot, add the chicken pieces and cook until well-browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add the red bell peppers, leeks, ginger and garlic and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the veggies start to get slightly tender.

Add the sherry, chicken stock and Tamari, bring up to a bubble and continue to cook about 1 minute more. Add in the water chestnuts, walnut halves and the parsley or cilantro. Serve over the rice pilaf.