I am glad to be writing about something that isn’t dessert for once! Seems like a long time since I posted an actual meal. I was struggling with what to make for dinner last night. I took some chicken out of the freezer earlier in the day, but didn’t really know what I was going to do with it. Then I started craving something Asian in nature. I found a couple of really yummy looking recipes like this Asian Chicken recipe or this Honey Ginger Chicken, but both needed a long time to marinate. And since my chicken was still frozen at noon, those didn’t seem like possibilities. Though, when I am planning ahead more I will try those for sure! I finally found a Kung Pao Chicken recipe that looked like with a few modifications could be a winner. It fit what I was looking for…..chicken, Asian flavors, saucy, serve over rice!
1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
5 Tbls white wine
5 Tbls soy sauce
2 Tbls sesame oil
1 Tbls cornstarch, dissolved in water
1 Tbls hot chili paste
3 tsp rice vinegar
6 tsp brown sugar
5 green onions, chopped
1 Tbls chopped garlic
1 small can waterchestnuts
2 cups veggies (mushrooms, green peppers, carrots, zucchini etc.)
First you want to make the marinade. I like to use a gallon size ziploc bag, because I throw it away when it is done, and there are no dirty dishes (aside from the measuring spoons). Combine 2 Tbls wine, 2 Tbls soy sauce, 1 Tbls oil, and 1 Tbls cornstarch mixture. Add in the chicken, that is cut into chunks. Toss to coat, and marinate in fridge for at least 30 minutes. I don’t drink white wine, but I do buy those little 4 packs that they sell in the store now. So when a recipe calls for it, I can open this tiny bottle, and not have a big investment in 1 ingredient.
While that is marinating you can make the sauce. Combine 3 Tbls wine, 3 Tbls soy sauce, 1 Tbls oil, chili paste, vinegar and sugar. Set aside. Next, chop your veggies. You can really use whatever your family likes. I had zucchini in the fridge that needed to get used. So I used that and mushrooms for us. But you could use broccoli, bell peppers, carrots….really whatever you like!