Hungry? No time? Has to be healthy? Don’t want to eat out.. again!?? I feel you.
UM YUM. I recreated this dish from one of my favorite restaurants here in SF (Henry’s Hunan). Their version is spicy (and so so greasy, but delicious), saucy ground sausage, and celery….. and mine is ground chicken or chicken “sausage” (organic, hormone & antibiotic free) and organic celery hearts. I like to buy the pre-ground chicken (will usually say chicken sausage – as this is lightly flavored to taste like sausage — you can usually find this at Whole Foods). Unfortunately, I cannot eat Henry’s every single night but I NEED this dish occasionally. I’m taking a guess here, but I bet I save myself 600-700 calories per serving by making my own. As Henry's doesn't list their calories.
15 Minute Prep
You will need:
- 2 tablesoons sesame seed oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame chili oil
- 1 tablespoon of chicken bouillon powder
- teaspoon sweet cooking rice seasoning
- teaspoon of Ichimi Togarachi seasoning
- cracked chili flakes to taste
- dash of soy sauce
- ground chicken (or chicken sausage)
- 4-5 celery stalks
- garlic to taste
I peel the skin off of the celery with a handy dandy celery skinner. Chop and cut as so...
..thin long slivers. This makes them easy to eat with the ground meat.
In the wok, add sesame chili oil and turn on medium heat. Add the chopped garlic and let cook for for a few seconds, then dump the celery in. Stir-fry celery for four to five minutes, drain, and remove from heat.
In a second pan, cook the ground chicken until done but do not over cook it. Once the meat is finished cooking, drain, and add to the celery in the wok. Add the sesame seed oil, chicken bouillon powder, Togarashi seasoning, soy sauce and rice seasoning. Stir for two to three minutes and remove from heat.
Voila! Who needs take-out? This is SO quick and easy.
Have you ever recreated something you’ve loved at a restaurant? If so, how did it turn out? This was actually pretty close and I have to say, more satisfying knowing I’m nourishing my body!
If you enjoy this recipe, please leave a comment below. I would also love to see it on Instagram or Facebook! Just tag me @kaleorwhale and don't forget the hashtag #kaleorwhale . . . xo