Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chicken Stir Fry

I try to make a dish with lots of vegetables on Halloween. I figure it may counter the candy the kids will be consuming in a few hours. I started this tradition probably over four years ago. The easiest way to accomplish this task is a stir fry. My husband even endures this tradition.

This year when I went to the store a lot of the items I wanted was out of stock due to the recent snow storm. Yes, I did say snow storm. Most people probably think there is snow in Maine all year long but it isn't the case. I know it is hard to believe. We normally have snow in November and it ends in March but not in October. 

So, I had to compromise my stir fry plans. I think the dish came out really good. I even ate the leftovers cold for lunch today. Enjoy.

Jen's Chicken Stir Fry

 1/2 cup of Hoisin Sauce
1 can of pineapple with no sugar added
1 Tbsp cornstarch
4 Tbsp soy sauce, low sodium if desired
1 cup of bean sprouts
5 mushrooms, sliced thin
1 cup of shredded carrots
1/2 cup snow pea pods
1/4 red pepper, sliced thin strips
1 Tbsp ginger, minced
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 scallions, chopped
1 lb. chicken breast, cubed
salt and pepper
1/2 cup of water
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb of chow mein noodles or thin spaghetti noodles
1/4 cup of slivered almonds
1/4 cup of fried Chow Mein Noodles, optional

  1. Combine the Hoisin Sauce, 1/2 cup of the pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp soy sauce, and 1 Tbsp cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat.
  3. Add the chicken. Season with the salt and pepper.
  4. Cook chicken until lightly browned. Remove and set aside.
  5. Add the bean sprouts, mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, red pepper, ginger, garlic, and scallions. Let cook for about one minute.
  6. Cook pasta noodles according to package directions in another pot.
  7. Stir vegetables and add the water. Cover and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  8. Uncover and stir the vegetables.
  9. Add 1 cup of pineapples to the vegetables. 
  10. Add the chicken back to the skillet and stir.
  11. Add the Hoisin sauce to the skillet and coat vegetables. 
  12. Stir in the almonds.
  13. Cook for about four more minutes until vegetables are cooked to desire tenderness.
  14. Mix in the remaining soy sauce into the vegetables.
  15. Add the pasta to a serving bowl and top with the vegetables. Toss well.
  16. Top with the fried Chow Mein Noodles.
Recipe by Jen of Sweet Morris.
Don't play with your food.
Did you already know..............
-Hoisin Sauce is the Chinese word for seafood.
-There is no seafood in Hoisin sauce.
-Hoisin Sauce is like Chinese barbecue sauce.
-Hoisin Sauce is usually made from soybeans, chiles, sugar and salt.
-Hoisin Sauce is high in sodium.

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