Need a quick, delicious meal that’s low carb? We’ve got you covered with our keto-friendly, one-pan stir fry! Plus, we’ve paired it with a mouthwatering bottle of wine 😉
We get it! Sometimes we’re so busy that it’s all too easy to grab something quick. While that’s certainly convenient, it’s almost never low carb and has tons of added sugar. That’s why we’re giving you one of our favorite convenient recipes! Our sesame chicken stir fry is ready in just thirty minutes, uses one pan, and only has 2 net carbs per serving!
So, before you give in to the fast-food cravings, try whipping up this savory, satisfying stir-fry that’s healthier AND more delicious!
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Intro to Wine Pairing
For those of you who already feel confident selecting a wine with your meals, feel free to skip ahead to the recipe! If, however, you’re a complete newbie and want a bit of guidance (and OUR wine recommendation), here are a few tips to get you started.
- Generally, your wine should be slightly sweeter and more acidic than your meal.
- Try to select a wine that has the same flavor intensity as your meal.
- Most of the time red wines pair well with bold meat flavors like red meat.
- The opposite is true for white wines, so pair them with lighter meats like fish or chicken.
- If your wine is bitter, balance it out with fat (cheese, nuts, fatty meats, etc.)
- If your meal has a flavorful sauce, match the wine to the sauce instead of the meat.
- White, sparkling, and rosé wines often create contrasting pairings, meaning they create balance by contrasting tastes and flavors. As an example, think about lime and coconut. The two flavors aren’t similar, but they’re delicious when combined.
- Conversely, red wines generally create congruent pairings. This means they create balance by emphasizing shared flavors. A good example of this would be a savory steak and mushroom combination.
This is a super simplified breakdown, but for the purposes of our food pairing today it will get us through. Now, let’s talk about the wine we’ve selected for today!
Keto-Friendly Wine of the Week
For this recipe, we wanted something light, aromatic, and a tad bit sweet. That’s why we’ve opted for our Tenuta di Ceppaiano!
When we say this wine is aromatic, we mean it! Upon opening this bottle, you’ll immediately pick up on tropical notes of litchi berries and delicate rose. It’s not too sweet, but the subtle flavor of raspberries will make it feel much sweeter than it actually is. Speaking of sweet, don’t be fooled by the sugar content of this wine. The Tenuta di Ceppaiano only has .45g of sugar and 1.23 grams of carbs per glass!
It pairs beautifully with spicy dishes and with lighter meats like chicken or fish. So, when it came to pairing something with an aromatic sesame dish, this was a no-brainer!
Low Carb One-Pan Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry
While you may have to purchase a few new items for this recipe, you’ll be glad you did! And not just because your family will frequently request this meal. Ingredients like sesame oil and rice vinegar are surprisingly versatile and can turn boring meals into bright, aromatic masterpieces.
Speaking of ingredients, here’s what you’ll need!
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar swerve (you can use another sweetener of your choice, but this option doesn’t have the bitter aftertaste associated with sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit).
- 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1.5 pounds of chicken
- 1 Zucchini (sliced)
- Green onions (optional)
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Sriracha (optional)
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, sweetener, sesame oil, and chopped garlic in a bowl. Stir ingredients together and set aside for later.
- Thinly slice the chicken and season with salt and pepper.
- Fry chicken over medium heat until it’s cooked (slightly crispy and lightly brown). This should take roughly six minutes.
- Add sliced zucchini and cook an additional two or three minutes. You want the vegetables to be cooked but not soggy.
- Add the pre-prepared sauce to the pan and stir until everything is evenly coated in the sesame sauce.
- Turn the heat to low, cover with a lid, and simmer for ten minutes.
- OPTIONAL: If you want to make your dish spicy, you can add sriracha or red pepper flakes. Additionally, garnishing with freshly chopped green onions is a great way to add aromatic flavor and visual appeal.
And that’s it! This recipe makes roughly four servings with each coming in at less than 300 calories, less than 12 grams of fat, 40 grams of protein, 2.1 grams of carbs, and .3 grams of fiber.
Once you get the hang of this recipe, it will quickly become a regular meal in your household. It’s surprisingly simple to whip up, looks way more complicated than it really is, and it’s absolutely divine when paired with our Tenuta di Ceppaiano.
Plus, don’t forget to sign up for our wine subscription so you’ll always have your favorite bottles on hand. Let us know in the comments how you like this recipe and have a fabulous week!