I have had this huge Chinese cooking book called Chinese: The Essence of Asian Cooking, for a very long time, probably close to 10 years now. Every once in a while I open it and stare at the pretty pictures of delicious Chinese dishes and get overwhelmed by the number of the ingredients or the complexity of the dish. But among those complex dishes I came across today’s recipe, Shredded Chicken with Celery.
I’m not a big fan of celery, and I was never one of those people that could just eat raw celery, but even I know that celery is good for you and I decided to give this recipe a try, mostly because it looked really great in the picture. By the way, some benefits of celery include high amounts of vitamin C to promote a healthy immune system, it can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and it contains coumarins which have been shown to be effective in the prevention of cancer. So that alone should convince us to eat more celery.
Oh well, at least cooked anyway, because I can’t eat raw celery. Maybe if you forced me.
This recipe looked easy enough and it called for ingredients that I happened to have. I mean look at the main ingredients, chicken and celery. Pretty much everyone’s got that in their fridge.
Well I’m really glad I made this, it was so good, it was spicy from the chilies, it had the great sesame oil flavor that I love so much, it was crunchy from the celery, I loved it.
It was also a great lunch today.