Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chinese Chicken Stir Fry 101

I have made hundreds of stir fries since I first stepped into the kitchen with a wok in hand.  I love a good stir fry because it is a quick and easy one pot meal.   In my quest for learning as much as I can about stir fries I have come to use a lot of ingredients such as hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, Chinese rice wine, etc...   I also know that some of you don't have these ingredients always on hand or have a hard time getting them in the area or country that you live.  So I decided I owe my friends on the blog a basic stir fry with the easiest ingredients most any of can get their hands on.   This stir sauce is a simple 6 ingredient power house.  Although it is basic, don't let that fool you about the flavor.  The flavor knocked my family's socks off.  I know I will make this stir fry again and again because it was easy and so amazing. So if you have never created a stir fry or don't think you can, try this one out.  You won't be disappointed.

1-2 lbs of chicken breast sliced thin (you can substitute shrimp, beef, pork or tofu as well)
Stir fry vegetables of your choice.  I used carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, yellow onions and spring onions)
1-2Tbs of cornstarch
salt and pepper
2 Tbs of canola or peanut oil

The Basic Stir Fry Sauce
1/4 cup of regular soy sauce
1/2 cup of chicken broth (or water/bullion equivalent)
2 inches of ginger grated or minced
3-4 cloves of garlic grated or minced
2tsp of cornstarch (or arrowroot)
1 tsp of honey, brown sugar or regular sugar

Thinly slice your chicken (beef or pork). A tip to thinly slice meat easily is to have it partially frozen so it's still firm.  Place in a bowl with a little salt and pepper and 1-2 Tbs of cornstarch and coat lightly. If you are using shrimp or tofu you can coat them as well with the cornstarch.

Cut your vegetables and get your ginger and garlic minced or grated.  Chinese stir fry vegetables should be cut "chunky" so they will still be crispy once the stir fry process is over.  You don't want soggy or mushy vegetables in your stir fry (unless you like it that way).

 **Remember to have all your ingredients ready to go so once you get the wok hot, it only has to be added when needed.

 Heat your wok on high heat and add your oil.  Once the oil gets very hot (almost smoking) add the chicken in and give a quick stir fry for a minute or two.  Then add your chili flakes and ginger and garlic.  Stir fry for another 2 minutes.

 Next add your carrot chunks and large chucks of yellow onion. Stir fry for another minute.

Next add your broccoli, water chestnuts and the prepared sauce.  Stir fry for 4-5 minutes.  The sauce will thicken and the broccoli should become tender crisp.  If you want your vegetables "steamed" longer you can place a lid on your wok or put a tin foil cover over the wok to steam the vegetables longer.  If your sauce thickens too much add a dash of water to thin it out.  Taste for seasoning. If you require more salt add little more soy sauce.

Your stir fry is ready now.  Eat if over rice or just as it is and enjoy.

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  1. Awesome Recipe


  2. Great tutorial! Stir fry is one of my favorites. This looks awesome!

  3. I love stir fry. All the work is at the front end and then it's just an assembly job

  4. lovely recipe with chicken as always...superb dear

  5. Oh, how yummy, Ramona!!! Love the sound of this stir fry :)

  6. I love stirfry. Like more than cookies. And that's a lot. Yours looks super yummy and I am now officially craving stirfry.

  7. This looks completely delicious! I haven't had stir fry in a while... now I want some :-D

  8. Such a delicious-looking dish. I'm a big fan of stir fry, and I bet yours is great.

  9. deliciously stir fried looks wonderful

  10. Everything looks amazing! I'm a huge fan of stir-frys!

  11. Love stir fry's! This one looks perfect!

  12. Nice appearance. I'll bet it tastes even better than it looks!

  13. I love stir-fry and yours looks fantastic!

  14. Droolicious! I love a good stir fry!

  15. Mmm, this looks wonderfully flavorful and healthy :) Great recipe and instructions!

  16. We love stir frys, and yours look so delicious and healthy. We are making a shrimp stir fry tonight.

    Congrats on the Top 9 today!

  17. AH I love stir fry this is so neat! I love the basic stir fry sauce - now I can use it to make any sort of stir fry I feel like. Thanks so much! :D

    and congrats on making top9!

  18. Congrats on the Foodbuzz top 9! Well deserved I might add :)

  19. Congratulations on Top 9!! Well done! I can never get enough stir fry. =]

  20. I've been craving Asian foods lately; I'm going to try this sometime this week for dinner. looks fabulous!

  21. First, Congrats on a very well-deserved Top 9! I love stir fry and I love those big pieces of broccoli!!

  22. I'm so behind with my emails I honestly don't know if I can catch up. Please forgive me for missing this one and congratulating you on Top 9. You always deserve to be at the top!


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