Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Kung-pao Stir-fry

Just yum.  
Also very veggie.
chicken marinade
1 Tablespoon pineapple juice
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
½ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon pepper
2 chicken breasts, diced (alternatively, tofu chunks, marinate overnight)
1 Tablespoon peanut oil

1.       Combine juice, starch, salt, and pepper. 
2.       Add chicken and oil, stirring to coat.
3.       Let stand 15 minutes.

cooking sauce:

2 Tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
2-3 teaspoons cornstarch
(optional coconut milk)
¼ cup liquid: pineapple juice, mandarin juice, a touch of honey; or broth or water with 2 tsp sugar

1.       Mix and put aside.

stir fry:

3-4 cups vegetables, chunked: broccoli, carrots, bok choy, onions, celery, cauliflower, green beans, etc.
4-6 small dried hot chili peppers
½ cup peanuts or cashews
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
2 green onions
(optional: pineapple chunks, mandarin oranges, bean sprouts, water chestnuts)
3 Tablespoons peanut oil

1.     Heat wok over medium heat.  Add 1T oil. 
2.     Add hot peppers and nuts, stirring until peppers just barely char.  Remove and set aside.
3.     Add 2T oil, heat to high.
4.     Add ginger and chicken, stir fry until chicken is opaque (3 min).
5.     Add raw vegetables and stir fry.
6.     Add peppers, nuts, green onions and optional fruit, etc. 
7.     Stir cooking sauce and add to pan until sauce bubbles and thickens.
8.     Serve with rice.  (Brown basmati is best.)

Makes 4-6 servings

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