Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sweet n Sour Chinese Chicken Stir Fry

The Chinese New Year is just a week away, and this recipe will be a great way to celebrate. This stir fry makes for an easy Chinese 'take-out' dinner... but at home! It was so fun to bust out the wok and create chinese food in my own kitchen. For this dish, I used a batch of a slightly hot 'sweet n sour' sauce, but you could use any sauce you desire. No matter what the sauce, this chicken and broccoli stir fry is quick, healthy, and chop-stick-lickin' good!

Ingredients (for 3 generous servings): 
2 Chicken Breasts (I used 2 large chicken breasts worth of chicken cutlets because they were easier to cut into uniform pieces)
1 Large Head of Broccoli (or 2 small heads)
1/2 Medium Onion, diced
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
2 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
1 batch of Stir Fry Sauce

1. In your wok, heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil and saute the diced onion and bell pepper:

2. While your onions and peppers are sauteing, lightly steam your broccoli. If you bring your pot of water to a roaring boil and then add the broccoli, it will really only take 1 or 2 minutes to steam them. Seriously, you don't want to over do it here because they will get cooked a little bit more later when added into the wok to stir fry. 
 If they're steamed right, they should get brighter green. If they start to look limp or any shade close to gray or brown... it's a bummer. They're so good when they're bright green and tender but still have that fresh and light crunch to them.  

 3. When your onions and peppers are done, remove from wok. Then heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, and stir fry your chicken:
When they have browned on one side, give them a flip and let them cook to browned on the other sides: 

4. When the chicken has cooked all the way through (won't take long since they are little pieces), add all the other ingredients into the wok with the chicken, including the sauce. Stir fry all together for less than minute. 

Serve up with some fried rice and enjoy your homemade Chinese 'take-out' 
So colorful and healthy!

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