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As I mentioned yesterday, I got a new cookbook – Weight Watcher’s Take-Out Tonight!: 150+ Restaurant Favorites to Make at Home (All 8 Points or Less). That brings my total to 18 cookbooks — which is a tad much, I admit…but I ❤ my cookbooks. 🙂

Anyways, tonight I made “Szechuan Chicken with Peanuts,” which is from the book, and served it along with some udon noodles (not from the book). I cooked the noodles in a mixture of Lower Sodium Chicken Broth, which added a negligible amount of calories, and then tossed them with the chicken mixture. We both liked it (John especially). Here is the recipe (I subbed broccoli for the green pepper and carrots):

Szechuan Chicken w/Peanuts (Makes 4 servings)


  • 1 lbs skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
  • 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 c low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp chili-garlic sauce
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 med. carrots, thinly sliced on a diagonal
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, dry roasted peanuts


  1. Combine the chicken, 1 tbsp hoisin sauce, and 1 tbsp of the cornstarch in a med bowl, toss well to coat and set aside.
  2. Combine the remaining 2 tbsp hoisin sauce, 1 tbsp cornstarch, the broth, vinegar, sugar, and chili-garlic sauce in a small bowl. Set aside
  3. Heat a nonstick wok or a large, deep skillet over med-high heat until a drop of water sizzles. Swirl in the oil, and then add the chicken. Stir-fry until almost cooked through, 2-3 mins.
  4. Add the ginger and garlic; stir-fry until fragrant, about 15 secs.
  5. Add the bell pepper, carrots and peanuts. Stir-fry until crisp-tender, about 2 mins.
  6. Add the hoisin sauce mixture and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens, and the chicken is cooked through, about 1 min.


per serving (1 cup) : 302 cal; 11 g fat; 3g fiber; 6 WW points

If you serve with udon noodles, they are 4 points per cup.


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