Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Recipe time - Easy chicken stir-fry

A totally delicious recipe that is fabulously easy to make.

Ingredients (to serve 4): 
3 chicken breasts (chopped into strips), 3 tbsp dark soy sauce and 3tbsp light soy sauce, 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped), 1 cm fresh ginger (finely chopped), 250ml chicken stock, 1 red chilli (cut into rings), 1 red pepper (cut into strips), 200g sugar snap peas (topped and tailed), 1tbsp cornflour (mixed with a little water), dry egg noodles (3 blocks).


  • First, make sure your toddler is stationed ready for action.
  • marinate the chicken in the soy sauce for at least five minutes
  • start cooking the noodles
  • heat some oil in a wok and fry the ginger and garlic for a minute.
  • Add the chicken and marinating juices and cook for a further couple of minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the cornflour paste and then add the pepper, chilli and sugar snap peas and cook for another 2 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve on a bed of noodles.

I made a couple of changes to this recipe:  

  • I used frozen stir-fry chicken from Tesco, so took it out of the freezer a couple of hours before cooking and put it with the soy sauce to let it start defrosting and marinade at the same time.  This also meant that I fried the chicken for a few minutes before adding the garlic and ginger, and then added the marinading juices.
  • I also used some chopped chilli that I keep in a small zip-lock bag in the freezer rather than cut into rings - you know how supermarkets only sell chillies in packs and you only ever need one or two so the rest go manky, I just chop them up and stick them in the freezer to use as and when required.
  • I cooked for longer than specified, partly because of the frozen chicken, and partly because I have a baby and toddler, and don't like to be rushed because you never know what might happen to interrupt everything!
My little monkey, part way through cooking, spotted a box of Jacobs biscuits for cheese - the cheeky monkey looked at them, looked at me and came out with, "Would you like some biscuits?" (read - I would like a biscuit mummy, but this is a cunning way around it!)  He's not even two yet - how did he learn such cunning?  Of course I gave him a kiss and a biscuit!  Here he is enjoying the biscuit, and below, stirring the cornflour paste.

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