Spicy Chicken Vegetable Stirfry
Preparing the chicken
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp medium-dry sherry
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
Slice the chicken into bit size pieces and place into a bowl. Mix together the cornstarch, soy sauce, sherry and oil together. Pour over the chicken and stir to evenly coat. Set it aside, while you make the sauce.
- 1 tsp sambal oelek
- 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp oyster sauce
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp medium-dry sherry
To make the sauce, combine the sambal, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sherry.
Preparing the vegetables
- 3 cups broccoli
- 2 green onions
- 1/3 cup almonds
- any other vegetables you want to add
Peel the bottom stem of the broccoli and remove the florets. Cut the florets into large, even-sized pieces. Cut the stems a bit thinner, as these take more time to cook. Slice the green onions on a slight bias and set aside. You can either leave the almonds whole or roughly chop them.
Any vegetables can be added to this stir fry. Bell peppers, bok choy, celery, carrots or onions all go well. If using carrots microwave them a bit first so it doesn’t take too long to cook.
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 slice of ginger (about 1/4-inch)
- 1-2 tbsp vegetable oil
Smash the garlic clove with a can or chef’s knife. Heat a wok or large fry pan over high heat. Once hot, add the oil, then the ginger and garlic. Let it cook for just a few seconds before discarding. The ginger and garlic are used to just infuse the oil.
Place half of the chicken into the wok and separate any pieces that are stuck together. Let it sit for a bit before flipping. Stir fry the chicken until golden and just cooked through. Once done, remove the chicken and set aside, while you cook the other batch.
Once the second batch is done, add a touch more oil, if needed, followed by the broccoli and other vegetables. Let the broccoli partially cook for about a minute. Then add the sauce and toss to coat. If the broccoli is still quite hard and the sauce seems too thick, you can add a touch of water to thin it out. Once the broccoli has started to soften, but is still green with a slight crunch, add the chicken, followed by the almonds. Lastly, add the green onions and toss. Once everything has heated through, serve immediately and enjoy.
Cashews are also a nice alternative to almonds. For more seasoning, add additional sambal oelek and soy to each serving, if desired.