Wok fry chicken with vegetable medley

by Kiran on August 29, 2011 · 34 comments

in Chicken, Chinese, Sides, Stir Fry

Hey y’all..

Firstly, the Hurricane Irene devastation clearly has impacted so many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you during this trying times.

I have a simple and satisfying stir fry recipe to share with you today. There are days where I sit and scratch my head for inspiration. Developing recipes aren’t hard. But there are times where I want to simply toss in that, and stir in this, sprinkle a few of that and dump the whole thing. You know the drift. No measuring limbo whatsoever. Just a plain ole’ lazing cooking day.

We grew up exposed to Chinese cuisine at a very early age. Have I told you I have a Chinese aunt? Well, thanks to her we’ve been fed tofu, wok stir fry creations, fermented bean curd, claypot & noodle varieties well for years. In my opinion, Asian recipes are a great way to introduce veggies to the kids. That’s how we learned eating vegetables during my childhood. I’ve never turned away from vegetables ever since. Except if you boil the heck out of a veggie. That’s equivalent to a capital punishment.

Best part about this recipe? Pairing chicken with any favorite vegetables of your choice. I even threw in some edamame for good measure. I didn’t need to, but it was sitting in the freezer begging for use attention. Love the crunch it gave. See, I told you its a “throw-in-whatever-ingredients-you-have-on-hand” type of recipe.

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Ingredients:

For marinate

  • 4 ounce of boneless, skinless chicken breasts – chopped to bite size
  • 1 tbsp low sodium light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp low sodium dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
For sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp low sodium dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese rice/cooking wine
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
Main ingredients
  • 2 cups vegetables of choice (green beans, colorful bell peppers, brussel sprouts and edamame)
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste*
  • 2 sprigs of green onions for garnish

Directions:

    1. It is important to note that all ingredients should be prepped in advance, ready for cooking. Stir-frying on high heat requires constant stirring to fully cook the ingredients and avoid burning, ultimately achieving crispness.
    2. Marinate chicken breasts with light & dark soy sauce and black pepper for 30 minutes (min) in the refrigerator.
    3. Heat a wok on medium to high. As soon as smoke appears, drizzle in oil. Once oil is hot, add a few pieces of marinated chicken. Avoid overcrowding wok. Searing meat would take a total of 5 minutes or so.
    4. Remove meat and continue searing more meat until all is done.
    5. Add a little more oil in the same wok and throw in green beans. Stir-fry on medium to high for a few minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
    6. Prepare sauce by combining dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, cooking wine and cornstarch in a small bowl. Set aside for later.
    7. As soon as beans are a little al dente, add the rest of vegetables and continue stir frying on a medium to high heat.
    8. Throw in ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Continue stir frying.
    9. Add sauce and seared chicken breasts. Stir fry for a minute.
    10. Serve hot with a sprinkling of green onions for garnish alongside a bowl of freshly steamed brown rice.
* Sodium is present in soy, oyster and rice cooking wine/sauce. Salt only if its necessary.

After adding asparagus, do not overcook it. A little al dente, retains the color and taste. Bon appetite!

 

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1 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 29, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Mmmm :)

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2 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Matt,
Thanks for dropping by my food-blog & commenting :)

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3 Quay Po Cooks August 29, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Thanks for visiting my blog and leave your comment. Nice to meet you:D Yes me too, I am very happy to be part of this loving and caring community. Your wok fry chicken with veg looks simple to make and you give it a nice presentation. I am sure it tastes as good as it looks. Look forward to share more with you and get to know you better. Cheers!

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4 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Quay Po Cooks,
We’ve crossed paths over our blogs a couple of times now. Thanks for the lovely compliments :)

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5 Luv'n Spoonfuls August 29, 2011 at 10:32 PM

This looks so very delicious. I love food that is simple yet tasty and healthy, and it looks like you have captured all three perfectly. I agree…give me a nice medley of vegetables any day, so long as they are spiced well. Unfortunately, my mom was not a great cook, so those veggies got overdone more often than not ;-( But, I’m making up for lost time as an adult! Thanks for a lovely post!

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6 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 3:54 PM

LuvnSpoonfuls,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for all those compliments. You made my day!! I am so happy you are enjoying cooking as an adult. Bet your mom must be so proud of you :)

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7 Yash August 30, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Hey, thanks for this! I’ve been looking for a good chicken recipe for quite some time. It’s quite easy to make, too! :D
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8 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Yash,
I am glad you are enjoying these delicious and healthy stir fry recipes. Thanks for the compliments :)

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9 sandy August 30, 2011 at 2:50 AM

looks amazing. yum1
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10 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Sandy,
Thanks yaar :)

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11 Anne John August 30, 2011 at 3:25 AM

Hungry!
I can’t imagine food blogger/photographers can ever be called lazy-u guys conceptualize, prep and cook something so delish. As if that’s not enough, then you spend so much time and effort to arrange and set up things and shoot pics so aesthetically-without plunging in your fork immediately! How you manage to do that beats me!
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12 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Anne,
I am glad you are hungry just looking at this recipe. Being a food blogger is not easy, but I love doing what I do so it’s more of an hobby than anything else. I am glad to be able to utilize my creativity in recipe creation and table setup for food photography. Yes, it takes a lot of planning, writing, researching, setting up shots and props. But it’s so worth it! I am still learning to resist immediately plunging into the food. I usually shoot during snack hours and not main meal times :) Phew!

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13 Cait's Plate August 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM

It’s like art! Amazing. I want to be eating that right now (or maybe just looking at it, it might be too pretty to eat!)

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14 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Cait,
Awww.. Thanks for the compliments honey! You made my day :)

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15 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Wow..this colorful stir fry can be my meal any time of the day! Looks so amazing!
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16 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Tanvi,
Thanks a lot sweety :)

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17 Rosa August 30, 2011 at 2:50 PM

A wonderful stir-fry! So appetizing and tasty.

Cheers,

Rosa

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18 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Rosa,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the lovely comment :)

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19 chopinandmysaucepan August 31, 2011 at 12:43 AM

The chicken looks so tasty and this is certainly a medley with all the different colours from the vegetable and your plating style.

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20 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Chopinandmysaucepan,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the compliments. Glad you love the vegetable colors and plating style :)

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21 Reem August 31, 2011 at 1:55 AM

Praying for all the people effected by the devastating Hurricane.
This Dish looks wonderful Kiran, the stir fry is perfect veggies look crunchy and chicken looks scrumptious…
Thanks fr sharing..
B/W did you went shopping for props?

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22 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Reem,
Thanks for the compliments honey. Try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :) We did went on prop shopping spree and scored great deal on dish towels from Crate & Barrel. Thanks again for the recommendations :)

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23 Jose Tinto August 31, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Looks yummie…. :) How you take so clean pics!!
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24 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Jose,
Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for the food photography compliment! I use tweezers, cotton swabs etc to take clean photos of food. I am planning to do a write up on how I take my food photos soon :)

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25 carolinaheartstrings August 31, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Wow. That looks so delicious. Wonderful picture as always. You do such a great job.
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26 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 4:45 PM

CHS,
Thanks a lot for the compliments – made my day :D

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27 Sunil Deepak September 1, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Such mouth-watering images! I feel already hungry :)
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28 Katie's Cucina September 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM

This looks amazing!!! I’ve just pinned this to try after I get back from vacation!

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29 Kiran September 8, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Katie,
Thanks honey. Try this recipe and let me know how it tastes :) Enjoy your vacation and let me know when you return, whether you’ve receive the book already or otherwise…

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30 mycookinghut September 1, 2011 at 3:15 PM

What a healthy and colourful dish!
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31 Simply Life September 1, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Oh I’m loving all those veggies…and what a fun presentation!
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32 Ellie | Gourmand Recipes September 2, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Your dish is so beautifully presented. Love the flavors.
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33 Miri Leigh September 4, 2011 at 2:45 PM

This looks great! Love the colors and healthy vibe! Thanks for posting :)
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34 Ameena September 5, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Pretty much every day I cook is a lazy cooking day. This looks right up my alley Kiran – throwing things together is what I excel at!

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