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Cooking with Gourmet Oils


As interest in healthier recipes increases, alternative cooking oils are becoming more popular. Avocado, coconut and peanut oils can serve as delicious stand-ins for your typical canola or olive oils. Check out this stir-fry recipe that uses dark sesame oil—a toasted, more flavorful version of pure sesame oil.



Peanut Chicken Stir-Fry


  • 1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
  • 2 skinned and boned chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh, sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • Garnish: chopped, dry-roasted peanuts


  • Cook rice according to package directions.
  • Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • Whisk together chicken broth and next seven ingredients (brown sugar through soy sauce). Set aside.
  • Heat oils in a large nonstick skillet or wok over high heat 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Add chicken, and stir-fry 5 minutes or until chicken pieces are browned and no longer pink inside.
  • Add peas, bell pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 2 minutes, stirring often. Stir chicken broth mixture and add to skillet; bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Serve over rice; garnish with peanuts, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Southern Living magazine.

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