This chicken stir-fry recipe highlights golden-brown cubes of chicken breast with the sweet flavors of sliced fennel, crispy snap peas and tarragon. Use a cast-iron skillet or carbon-steel wok for stir-frying to guarantee a beautiful sear on the chicken and vegetables. Serve this over whole-grain angel hair pasta for an easy, healthy dinner.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2014


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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the pasta water, then drain and keep the pasta warm.

  • Meanwhile, cut chicken into 1-inch cubes and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish. Add chicken and toss to coat.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large cast-iron skillet or flat-bottom carbon-steel wok over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, until browned and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, fennel and garlic to the pan; cook, stirring, until the vegetables just start to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, snap peas, wine, the reserved pasta water and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Continue to cook, stirring, until the tomatoes start to burst, about 3 minutes.

  • Return the chicken to the pan along with tarragon; cook, stirring, until the liquid is slightly thickened, about 2 minutes more. Serve the chicken and vegetables over the pasta.

Nutrition Facts

517.5 calories; protein 34.9g 70% DV; carbohydrates 61.8g 20% DV; exchange other carbs 4; dietary fiber 10.9g 43% DV; sugars 8g; fat 14.4g 22% DV; saturated fat 2.5g 12% DV; cholesterol 62.7mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 1573.6IU 32% DV; vitamin c 39mg 65% DV; folate 99.2mcg 25% DV; calcium 107.5mg 11% DV; iron 4.7mg 26% DV; magnesium 135.8mg 49% DV; potassium 868.7mg 24% DV; sodium 534.2mg 21% DV; thiamin 0.5mg 49% DV.

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Bland Thought this was way too bland. Will not make it again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Flavorful and filling I used toasted sesame oil coarse sea salt and thin spaghetti. So delicious! I went a touch light on the garlic but next time I'll pack a third of cup with slices of garlic. Can't wait to try this again with fennel. Pros: Prepared quickly full of flavor without being too salty. Cons: Couldn't find fennel at large supermarket Read More