Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli Nirvana

Last night I was craving Chinese food, but times are tight and we can't afford a trip to the local Chinese restaurant (where the food is mediocre at best). So I thought about it and realized that I had all of the ingredients for Chicken and Broccoli. It's not difficult to make but it does take some preparation. And it tastes like you got it from a Fabulous Chinese restaurant but it's not oily!

I'm going to break the recipe down into steps to make it a little more user friendly.

You need:

2 pounds chicken, get strips if you can
1 egg white
Corn starch
Water
2 TBSP Hoisin or oyster sauce
2 TBSP soy sauce
1 head of broccoli, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

Step One: Velvet Chicken

2 pounds chicken cut into small pieces (fresh chicken strips make this easy)
1 egg white
1 TBSP corn starch
1 TBSP water

Add egg white, corn starch, and water to a medium size bowl and mix well. Add chicken and make sure it gets evenly coated with mixture. Let it rest for about a half hour.

Step 2 Make the sauce

2 TBSP Hoisin or Oyster sauce
2 TBSP soy sauce
1 tsp water

Mix all this together in a small bowl
In another bowl, mix together

1 tsp corn starch
1 TBSP water

Step 3 Fry the Chicken

Into a hot wok or skillet on high place 2 tsp vegetable oil. Fry chicken in small batches until the outside is slightly brown. Place chicken on a towel to drain

Step 4 Prepare the Broccoli

1 head of broccoli, chopped
2 cloves of/garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup water

Add 2 tsp oil two wok over med high heat. Add broccoli, garlic, salt, and sugar and stir around for around 2 minutes, or until it starts to look shiny and bright green. Add water, cover pot, and let steam until tender crisp, about 3 min. Remove broccoli and dump out water

Step 5 Now the Magic Happens

Put wok back up on high, add 2 tsp oil, add chicken and broccoli together and toss until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Add sauce mix and cornstarch/water mix to middle of wok and stir for a few seconds until sauce thickens. Stir the whole mixture together. Serve hot with rice.

Enjoy!

It looks like a lot, but it actually all cooks up pretty quickly. And it's super tasty and as far as chinese food goes pretty good for you. Try it tonight and let me know what you think!
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5 comments:

Kelly said...

Yum, must try this one out xo

I'maNolaGirl said...

Sounds every bit as good as take out or dine in!!

Emily said...

Hi there!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm so glad that you did.

This recipe - and the one for the Iced Mocha - looks delicious! I look forward to reading more from you!

I couldn't find your 30 Days post, are you participating??

Best,
Emily from Nap Time Is My Time

Lois Evensen said...

Wow, looks yummy!

Hannah said...

Looks Delish!!

Hannah

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