Monday, September 17, 2012

Asian Chicken with Vegetables

So I came home from work yesterday to defrosted chicken breasts (sounds vaguely familiar I know) and couldn't bring myself to just throw them in the oven with some salt and pepper, mash some taters and cook some peas to the Internet I went.

This time I Googled chicken breasts cabbage, since that was what I was thinking.  Once again I had the pleasure of reading a ton of recipes and realized that:

1.  I will only cook a recipe if there is a picture or two

2.  I will not cook a recipe if there are no comments and the comments had best be good

So here I sit with a cooking blog with recipes with

1.  Almost no pictures since the camera batteries ran down

2.  There are no comments on the recipes

If I were me looking and seeing the recipes posted on this blog I would have a hard time making any of them!

That said, I came across a stir fry recipe and it was pretty dern good!  There was enough to take for lunch today and I learned another important lesson while eating this meal

1.  Stir fry doesn't taste as good with brown jasmine rice as it does the sticky rice

Asian Chicken with Vegetables

2 chicken breasts skinned and de-boned (you can do this easily yourself and save a ton of $)
1 Tbl cornstarch
Salt and pepper
1 small onion cut in 1/4 wedges
1 pepper (green, yellow or red) cut in 1/4 strips
6 cloves of garlic minced
2 Tbls soy sauce
1 tsp  Sesame oil
1 cup cooked broccoli (frozen worked great, just don't over cook it)
1 cup chopped cabbage (plain green here)
1/2 c water
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 cup fresh basil cut
Olive Oil

Cut the chicken into small pieces add to the cornstarch, add some salt and pepper, mush it all around so the chicken is covered.  Heat a wok on medium high heat with 2 Tbls of oil until almost smoking, put the chicken carefully in the pan.  Cook on first side about 2 minutes, flip and cook another 2 minutes (chicken will not be completely cooked at this point).  Take chicken out of pan, add a little more oil than add the peppers, cabbage and onions.  Stir and cook for about 2 minutes and add broccoli, stir and cook another minute or so than add the garlic cooking for an additional minute.

Add 1/2 cup water, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and the chicken.  Cook for about 3 more minutes or until the chicken is cooked completely, add the basil, stir and enjoy!


  1. This sounds so good right now! I must be craving some kind of Oriental cuisine!

    I totally agree that pictures and comments make such a difference in even WANTING to prepare a meal.

  2. I don't eat meat, but the 6 cloves of garlic make this dish a winner for me!