I know you think I’m treating you like a baby, assuming that you can’t make a simple stir fry. I believe that you can make a stir fry, I just don’t believe that you can make a stir fry THIS GOOD. I swear, we have this stir fry every week and it never gets old. It’s so quick. It’s so easy. And the sauce tastes just like fancy takeout except that you control everything that you put in it. You can make it fancier by using fresh ingredients (fresh garlic, ginger, etc…) or you can make it simple like I do with seasonings from a jar. Either way you will never go back to just chicken with soy sauce ever again (I’m looking at you, Kelly).
I’ll tell you right off the bat that this is the secret ingredient:
It elevates the dish to a whole new level. It’s worth the purchase even if you just use it to make stir fry. Its toasty, it smells amazing, and it makes everything taste authentic. Start off by adding 1 TBSP of sesame oil to the pan and letting it get good and hot. Then clean your chicken and slice it nice and thin, I find this helps everything cook up faster and it reminds me of chicken at Chinese restaurants. Add salt and pepper, and brown the chicken, cook it all the way through.
After the chicken is cooked set it aside. In the same pan heat up another TBSP of vegetable oil to cook your vegetables. You can use whatever veggies you like! I buy this Asian veggie mix from Trader Joes, it saves time and is a perfect veggie blend for us.
At the same time that you cook the veggies, you need to start the sauce. Add 1 cup of chicken broth, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, and 1 heaping TBSP of corn starch to a saucepan. Dissolve the corn starch with some vigorous stirring (a whisk is easiest), and bring the sauce to a boil. This thickens everything up. This will be a basic brown sauce with no spice. Add whatever you like here to make it your own! Sriracha, garlic powder, ginger, and or even an orange sauce from a bottle come to mind. I added some garlic powder and…
Just a couple tablespoons, it adds a perfect amount of flavor and spice. Try other flavors at the grocery store too, teriyaki or garlic sauce would be awesome too. Once it comes to a boil then turn it down to a simmer for a few minutes and it will thicken up (this whole time you should be stir frying your veggies too).
Toward the end of cooking the veggies add a couple shakes of soy sauce and scrape the bits from the bottom of your pan from the chicken. It adds TONS of flavor, don’t skip this step!
Once the veggies are done to your liking and the sauce has been simmering for a few minutes turn off the heat. Then add the chicken back in that you set aside.
Now add the sauce! Yumyumyumyumyum!
Taking that picture was not as easy as this stir fry is to make.
You did it! And in less than 30 minutes, I’m so impressed!
I would rather have this than takeout 9 out of 10 times (a girl needs an eggroll every once and a while). What’s your favorite kind of takeout? Mine is totally Greek, I can’t make that stuff at home to save my life.
Hope you’re having a great week!!