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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mealtimes Musings: My Quick Chicken Stir-Fry


My quick chicken stir-fry is one of the quickest things that I do and it really doesn't take much time or effort. It's all a matter of cutting a few veggies, a couple of cloves garlic, some ginger and 1 small onion. I cube the chicken although I don't see why you couldn't cut them into strips if you like it done that way.

I made some this afternoon, as a matter of fact. Woolies had some really good prices on their veggies today, so I stocked up. I don't usually shop there.

Ingredients
500g thigh chicken fillets cubed
Half a red capsicum cubed
2 stalks of celery chopped
8 snowpea pods de-tendriled then cut each into half (optional)
1 small onion chopped or sliced
2 cloves of garlic
2 slices of ginger, chopped finely
1 tbsp of oyster sauce (and/or salt to taste)
1 1/2 tbsp of water

Other vegetable options: baby bukchoys, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots (probably needs to pre-cooked)

Method

1. Cut up meat and vegetables and set them aside. Heat up about a tablespoon of oil in a wok.
2. Fry up the garlic, ginger and onion together. Savour the fragrance... take it in...
3. My grandmother always said that when the fragrance reaches its apex, that's the time to throw in the meat. But it's probably enough to chuck in the meat after about a minute.
4. Brown the meat thoroughly and add the capsicum. Stir thorougly for a minute or two.
5. Add the celery. Stir thoroughly for a minute or two.
6. Add the snowpeas and again, stir thoroughly.
7. Add the oyster sauce, water and stir everything together.
8. If you like your gravy thickish, you can always add about half a tablespoon of a cornstarch-water mixture.

I have a little trick that I do when I'm busy... I leave the stir-fry on the stove and put the lid on the wok and turn off the heat. It will continue cooking until the stove cools down. It saves me having to watch the thing for another 10 minutes and prevents veggies from overcooking.

Anyway, I'm off to see The Expendables with a friend. Can't wait.

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