Stir Fry to the Rescue
Sometimes coming up with dinner ideas is a chore. I’m happy to bake cookie after cookie, whip cream and make mousses, but entrees are another story. I’ll poll the family and they shrug their shoulders. Thank goodness for stir fries…they always bail me out. The meat marinates while I chop the garlic, ginger and veggies; and in about 30 minutes, the meal is ready. I had chicken in the freezer, some broccoli and one tired looking red bell pepper in the fridge…and plenty of Asian marinade ingredients in the pantry. This chicken, broccoli and bell pepper stir fry was on the table in no time. Just right for a weekday supper.
Stock Your Pantry
If you always find yourself in a time crunch when it comes time to make dinner, make sure you have a well stocked pantry. From there you can easily whip up a pasta dish or stir fry without running to the market. I keep a stash of various pastas, canned beans, rice, chicken broth or stock….onions, garlic, a few fresh vegetables…then some boneless, skinless chicken or other meat in the freezer. If you have some soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegars, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, they are ideal for a boost of flavor along with dried herbs and spices. These enhancers have a long shelf life, so it’s worth adding them to your grocery list. This chicken, broccoli and bell pepper stir fry is a terrific 30 minute meal, plus I’m sharing four more #WeekdaySupper recipes from some of my Sunday Supper friends.
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, in thin slices
- 3 scallions (whites only) sliced on an angle
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 -inch piece peeled fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1¼ teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- About ⅓ cup water
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 3-4 cups small broccoli florets
- ½ teaspoon red chili flakes, optional
- 1-2 tablespoons oyster sauce
- Steamed rice, to serve
- n a medium bowl, toss the chicken with the scallion whites, about half the garlic and ginger, the soy sauce, sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of the salt, the sherry, and the sesame oil. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes. Mix the remaining cornstarch with ⅓ cup water.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and heat. Add the broccoli florets and the remaining garlic, ginger, 2 tablespoons of water, and season with ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper. Stir-fry until the broccoli is bright green but is tender enough to be pierced easily with a knife. Transfer to a plate.
- Reheat the skillet again, and then add 2 more tablespoons oil. Add the chicken and chili flakes, if using. Stir-fry until the chicken loses its raw color and gets a little brown, about 3 minutes. Add the oyster sauce, return the broccoli to the pan and toss to heat through. Stir in the reserved cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil to thicken. Add more water if need to thin the sauce, if desired. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve with rice.
Weekday Supper Line Up for This Week:
Monday – Shrimp Curry (In A Hurry) by Chocolate Moosey
Tuesday – Chicken Quinoa Skillet Dinner by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Wednesday – Creamy Pumpkin Sausage Pasta by eating in instead
Thursday – Chicken, Broccoli and Bell Pepper Stir Fry by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Friday – Veggie Kebabs with Spicy Harissa Dip by Happy Baking Days
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