Recipe Corner: Oriental Bulgur Bowl with Chicken and Vegetables


78ca649cfaea812b03861be792baaebeBy Christine Vartanian Datian

Ingredients

2 cups medium bulgur

4 cups low-sodium chicken, turkey or beef broth (vegetable broth may also be used)

A handful of broken or crushed vermicelli, orzo, or egg noodles

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 stalk celery (and top greens), finely chopped

1 cup diced cooked chicken, ham, pork, or turkey

1/4 cup each sliced carrots and frozen peas

2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

1/2 tablespoon garlic chili sauce

2 teaspoons chopped fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or sea salt (to taste)

Black or white pepper, red pepper flakes or paprika (to taste)

Olive oil or unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons

Finely chopped green onions, slivered almonds, and fresh mint and basil

Toasted sesame oil

4 beaten eggs, scrambled

 

Preparation

In a large pot, sauté the vermicelli or noodles in the butter or olive oil until browned, tossing frequently but do not burn vermicelli, for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, onions, and celery, toss, and cook for a few minutes longer. Add the bulgur, chicken, ham, pork, or turkey, carrots, peas, soy sauce, garlic chili sauce, ginger, salt, pepper, seasonings, and the broth; mix and bring ingredients to a full boil; mix again and reduce heat to medium low; cover and cook for 20-22 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

Let the bulgur sit about 5 minutes before serving. Toss with a fork. Serve in bowls and top each serving with some scrambled eggs; garnish bowls with chopped green onions, almonds, mint and basil; drizzle with toasted sesame seed oil and serve hot.

Serves 4.

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