String Bean Chicken



2 tablespoons corn starch

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon toasted seasame oil


1 teaspoon peanut oil

1 chicken breast, chopped into cubes or slices

1/2 cup water, divided

1/2 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 cup green beans, chopped into 2 inch pieces

1/2 red bell pepper, chopped into 1 inch pieces

add salt to taste




Mix all marinade ingredients and add to chicken. Marinate for 15 minutes to 12 hours depending on how much time you have.

Place lidded skillet or wok over med high heat, once hot add chicken and cook through. 3-5 minutes. remove chicken to a bowl and set aside.

Add a few tablespoons of water to the pan to deglaze then add onion and garlic. Cook for about three minutes until the onion is slightly translucent.

Add green beans and bell pepper to the pan, continue to cook for several minutes more before adding several tablespoons of water and covering the pan. cook 3 minutes, stir, add more water if needed and cover again. cook 2 minutes and then reintroduce the chicken. Cook for 3-5 minutes more.

Quick Tartar Sauce

I like this recipe because I don’t always have a fresh lemon on hand. In place of lemon juice this recipe is using vinegar for the acidity and coriander for the citrus flavor. For those unfamiliar with Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning it is a grinder blend of sea salt, mustard seed, black pepper corn, coriander, onion, garlic, paprika and chili pepper in roughly equal parts. It is best to make this as a first step to the meal you are preparing so the flavors can mingle. Be careful not to over season, you want the seasoning flavors to be subtle, you can always add more mayo if you over do it.




2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

3 grinds of Trader Joe’s everyday seasoning

3 light shakes coriander, ground

1/8 teaspoon white vinegar

1 dill pickle spear, minced finely. (You may need to use more or less depending on the size of the spear.)



Place all ingredients in a small bowl, mix thoroughly. Let rest for flavors to mingle.