Garlic Basil Chicken Vegetable Stir Fry

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Loaded with vegetables and flavor, this dish takes under 25 minutes to prepare, from start to finish. It is easily modified to meet different eating styles and is very filling. If you’re looking for a healthy option that tastes like a cheat meal, this recipe will satisfy both body and tastebuds.

You will need:
1 onion
1.5 cups carrots
10 mushrooms
2 celery stalks
1.5 cup corn
1 zucchini
1 head of broccoli
1 lb mung bean sprouts
2 chicken breasts, diced (or vegan/vegetarian options; see below)
3 Tbsp cooking oil
4-6 garlic cloves
4 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp basil

Rice: white, black, brown, wild, etc
*Cook enough rice to make at least 3 cups; no harm in making extra as it makes for quick and easy leftover dishes for meals that follow.

How to
Start cooking the rice of your choice so that it will be ready when you are. Chop up the chicken & all of the vegetables into desired bite sized pieces. Add the oil and chicken to a cooking pan on medium heat and allow it to start cooking. Next, add the basil, garlic, onions, and carrots; sauté for extra flavor. Once the onions are transparent, add in the rest of the vegetables (which take less time to cook) and soy sauce. Stir well. Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking (also making sure the chicken is cooked all the way through), serve over rice or rice noodles and enjoy.

Try not to add any additional salt, instead focusing on increasing the basil or garlic if you want more flavor.

Made as described, this recipe will feed four hungry people (possibly more if you add more rice to each dish). Save leftovers in the fridge for an easy meal option later on.

Make it work for you
Make it vegan/vegetarian; replace the chicken with kidney beans, garbanzo beans, or tofu
Spice variations; this recipe would also taste great with ginger seasoning. Or, you can leave off the soy sauce and go a completely different direction by adding either cumin, curry, or Italian.

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