Recently, I uncovered a new, and incredibly delicious product that I had NEVER heard of. Date Molasses. My Father-in-Law recently used it in one of his not so Weight Watchers friendly meals when he was here visiting, and I was floored by how delicious this stuff was! It is very intensely flavored, so a little goes a long way in giving a tremendous flavor. I immediately got to work playing around with creating a Weight Watchers recipe that I could use it in. Dates are high in sugar and carbohydrates, so I needed to be careful. Too much of the date molasses and my dish would end up being a serious diet sabotage-er. After some trial and error, I created this amazing, low calorie Chicken Stir Fry Recipe that utilized just the right amount of the date molasses. It was absolutely delicious. The kids loved it too. And once you try this stuff, feel free to experiment on your own and find other great ways to utilize the date molasses. You may be able to find it in the “Middle Eastern type foods” section of your grocery store, or you can order some online. But it’s a delicious new ingredient that has a ton of possibilities, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Chicken Stir Fry with Date Molasses
A chicken stir fry prepared in a sweet and savory date molasses marinade is the perfect Weight Watchers dinner recipe idea for just 6 Points. The flavors combine to create a delicious and healthy meal that is incredibly flavorful.
- 1lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts, sliced into thin strips
- 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup date molasses
- 4-6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 medium bell pepper, diced
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 1 cup fresh snow peas
- 2 scallions, diced
- In a large bowl, whisk together date molasses, soy sauce and garlic. Place chicken strips in the marinade, and make sure they are evenly covered. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours. Reserve 1/3 cup of the marinade.
- Heat oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add in chicken, and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 8-10 minutes. Remove chicken and set aside.
- Add in carrots and bell pepper into the pan along with the reserved marinade. Cook until carrots begin to become tender, about 5 minutes.
- Toss in snow peas, chicken, and scallions, and cook until everything is heated through, about 3-5 more minutes. Serve immediately.
Though the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of the date molasses, I based the Points and nutritional statistics for just 1/4 cup, since about half of the marinade is discarded.
Preparation time: 15 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Diet tags: Low calorie, Reduced fat, High protein
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (Nouveau)
Entire recipe makes 4 servings
Serving size is about 1 ½ cups
Each serving = 6 Points
PER SERVING: 265 calories; 5g fat; 24g carbohydrates; 24g protein; 3g fiber