Glazed Ginger Chicken and Green Beans a Lean and Green Recipe
Dinners that come together quickly and easily are great, but when they can be made with just one pan, they're even better! I mean, who loves hanging out after eating and washing all the dishes? Not me. And that's just one of the reasons I am in LOVE with this recipe for Glazed Ginger Chicken and Green Beans.
Not only is this dish quick, easy and in one pan, but the flavors are so incredible you'll think twice before ordering Chinese take out next time. The warm, rich, juicy flavor of chicken thighs complement the Toasted Sesame Ginger seasoning and the green beans add color, pop and flavor to make this a family friendly and low carb friendly Lean and Green meal.
There are 2 "secrets" to the success of this dish. The first is to season the chicken and let it set while you're heating the pan. If you can season it and let it sit for 10-15 minutes ahead of time, even better. Doing this allows the moisture from the chicken to gently allow the garlic and ginger to rehydrate and season the chicken with even more flavor.
The second secret is to use the liquid in the recipe to deglaze the pan. Be sure once you pour it in to take a spatula and scrape all the little browned bits (called fond) off the bottom and incorporate it into your sauce. These little bits are chuck FULL of flavor!
Perfect for those on any low carb program, including Optavia, Weight Watchers, Keto, paleo and more, this recipe takes boring old chicken breasts or thighs and makes them WOW with flavor in just minutes.
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken (breasts or thighs)*
1 Tablespoon Stacey Hawkins Toasted Sesame Ginger Seasoning
nonstick cooking spray
1/4 Cup low sodium soy sauce
1/2 Cup water
4 cups fresh green beans, ends snipped
Sprinkle the Toasted Sesame Ginger over the chicken & gently pat it to stick. Let it sit for up to 15 minutes to let flavors blend.
Spray a large frying pan with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium high heat. Note- I love to use cast iron for this as it makes such a great crust on the chicken.
Place the chicken in the frying pan, sesame seed side DOWN & let it cook for 5-7 minutes, until the sides are opaque as in the photo below.
Turn the chicken over and cook for 5-7 additional minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside. Pour the water and soy sauce into the pan, scraping the fond off the bottom (the stuck "stuff"). This will make a really yummy sauce for the chicken.
Place the pan back over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium, add the beans and cook for 5-7 minutes, until fork tender. Stir them occasionally while cooking.
When tender, add to plate with the chicken, pour the sauce over the chicken and beans and serve! Serve hot as a main dish, or chilled and sliced over salad.
Recipe Notes & Optavia Counts
Serving Size is 5 ounces of chicken thighs or 6 ounces of chicken breast and 1 C green beans
1 - Lean
0 - Leaner
0 - Leanest
2 - Green
2 - Condiments
1 - Healthy Fat
6 Weight Watchers Points
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