In a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the scallion whites, about half the garlic and ginger, the soy sauce, sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the sherry, and the sesame oil. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours. Mix the remaining cornstarch with 1/3 cup chicken broth.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and heat. Add the broccoli and the carrots, and stir-fry and the remaining garlic, ginger, 2 tablespoons of water, and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper add the. Stir-fry until the broccoli is bright green but still crisp, about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate.
Get the skillet good and hot again, and then heat 2 more tablespoons oil. Add the chicken and chili flakes if using. Stir-fry until the chicken loses its raw color and gets a little brown, about 3 minutes. Add the hoisin sauce, return the broccoli to the pan and toss to heat through. Stir in the reserved cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil to thicken. Add the cashews and remaining green onions. Add more water if need to thin the sauce, if necessary. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if you like. Mound the stir-fry on a serving platter or divide among 4 plates and garnish with sesame seeds if desired; serve with rice.
I made quite a few changes to the original recipe. I only included 1T sugar I thought 2 would be too sweet. I added about 1/4c shredded carrots with the broccolli, for color and flavor and I added about 1/4 c cashews. I also used chicken broth instead of water. I think this adds more flavor. The nuts were a fantastic addition. They could be used instead of the sesame seeds. I also added some additional green onions, I like them and since the greens wern't used in the maranade I hate to not use them.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (434g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 156 (40%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 17.3g||23 %|
|Saturated Fat 2.3g||11 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 9g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 4.8g|
|Cholesterol 65.9mg||20 %|
|Sodium 4117.1mg||142 %|
|Potassium 902.6mg||24 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 21.3g||6 %|
|Dietary Fiber 4.2g||17 %|
|Sugars, other 17.1g|
|Protein 38.1g||54 %|
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Calories per serving: 387
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