Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Chicken Stir Fry

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While I don't make a lot of stir fries, I've learned that it's best to be prepared.  Have everything chopped before you start because things move fast!  Mise en place, as they say.  Once everything is chopped, the meal comes together quickly, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner (especially if you do the chopping ahead of time!).

Chicken Stir Fry
adapted from allrecipes
Serves 4

You should use whatever veggies you might already have in your kitchen, and also feel free to switch up the protein (tofu, beef, even tempeh would work well).

1T vegetable oil
1/2T toasted sesame oil
4-5 cloves of garlic, pressed or minced
2 chiles, minced (I used 1 serrano and 1 Fresno)
1 bell pepper, thinly sliced (red, orange or yellow)
1.5lbs chicken breast, cut into 3/4" cubes
3c cooked brown rice, chilled (I cooked up 1 1/4cups using this method)
6oz sliced baby bellas (or white mushrooms)
1 1/2T fish sauce
1 1/2T reduced sodium soy sauce
1T brown sugar
1/3c sliced scallions
2T fresh chopped basil
scant 1/2c chopped fresh cilantro

Prepare all your vegetables and measure out the fish sauce and soy sauce (together is fine).  If you don't want to dirty a lot of dishes, try using a large bowl and working backwards.  Cut up those that will be added last (scallions, cilantro and basil here) and add them into the bowl.  Separate them from veggies that need a little more time to cook (mushrooms) with a layer of saran wrap and continue on.  That way they'll be ready to go when you need them!

Preheat a large wok or skillet over high heat.

Add the vegetable oil and sesame oil and once heated, add garlic and cook for a few seconds until golden.  Add the peppers (chiles and bell) and chicken, and stir-fry until almost cooked through.  Add the mushrooms and stir.

Once the chicken is cooked, add the rice, fish sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar.  Break up the rice and continue to cook until the rice is heated through.

Add the scallions,and herbs and turn off the heat.  Mix well and serve!


Amy (Savory Moments) said...

I love stir fry - It's such a great weeknight meal. You're right about getting everything prepped before you start cooking!

Erica said...

Stir fry is totally my go to meal. Being able to use whatever vegetables and protein I have makes things so simple. Sometimes I make my own sauce and sometimes I cheat and go bottled!

Elizabeth said...

I haven't made a stir fry in forever. I do love it for entertaining a small group though.

Kristen said...

this looks like a really flavorful stir fry, i like the addition of brown sugar.

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

Stir-fries are my go-to meals when I'm feeling uncreative (or haven't gone grocery shopping in a while). Any veggies from the freezer/fridge + protein source will do. Love 'em! :)

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I love stir-fry. It is one of my go-to weeknight meals.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Great flavors combos with the chilis and brown sugar!

Ranjani said...

I love stir fries! I also like to add nuts or frozen edamame if I want more protein in a vegetarian version

Joanne said...

I'm actually REALLY bad at getting things prepped ahead of time...which is why my stir fries always take FOREVER. I love the flavors in this sauce!

Delicious Dishings said...

This looks much more interesting than the stir-fries I make!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I love a good stir fry. And speaking of, I might make one like this tonight!

Anonymous said...

I went through a period of time where I made a stir-fry every Friday, but haven't in a little while, sounds so delicious, I must make one again soon!

Reeni said...

I had no idea what to make for dinner tonight - this looks so good I'm putting stir fry on the menu!

Katerina said...

I agree with you stir fry needs to have everything prepared in advance. In this way you save time and energy! This one looks super delicious!

Biz said...

I love stir frys because its such a great way to get in so many veggies!

Hope you had a great weekend!

Kerstin said...

Mmmm, this looks so tasty and satisfying! Nothing like a quick stir fry on a busy night :)

reviews said...

looks delicious!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I need to do more stir fries. You made this look enticing and not just every day. Welcome to our cooking group.

nazarina said...

I know, mise on plus is so imperative for stir fry's, especially when wants the veggies to remain with some integrity!Thanks for sharing your flavorful recipe; it's going into my recipe box!

Emily said...

Sounds delicious! I love stir fry. Is that a beer I spy?

Unknown said...

@Emily - homemade hard cider :)

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