Chinese Stir Fry Chicken

When it’s already 10 pm and you still haven’t eaten dinner, this is what happens.

A quick but delicious stir fry with only the stuff I had at home. Actually this was the result of having too much oyster mushrooms and trying to find ways to utilize them.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 cup roughly chopped oyster mushrooms
  • 1/2 zucchini, cut in Julianne style
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 + 1/2 clove of garlic
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1/2 medium iceberg lettuce
  • Ginger powder (if you have fresh ginger, even better)
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • Sesame oil
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Broccoli (optional)
  • Sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Cut up the chicken in strips. In a pan, preferably a wok (but if yours is in the wash like mine, any pan will do), heat up some sesame oil with a little olive oil. Crush a clove oil garlic and add to the oil. Put the chicken in the pan with some oregano and salt & pepper.

When all sides of the chicken looks cooked, take off the pan.

Put some sesame oil in the same pan. Roast some pine nuts. Don’t let them burn. Saute the zucchini, chopped onion and oyster mushrooms with the pine nuts. You can add half a clove of chopped garlic for an enhanced flavor.

To season I used soy sauce, that way you won’t need additional salt. I also added the ginger powder now. If you have fresh ginger, grate a thumb sized ginger with a micro-plane grater.

Add the chicken to the stir fry. Stir everything together.

Since I can’t eat noodles with my diet I used a fresh ingredient. Chop half an iceberg lettuce in non-too-wide stripes. Add into the stir fry with the spinach. Mix everything together once and turn off the heat.

If you have bean sprouts you can add 2 cups of it at this time but before the lettuce. Don’t let the sprouts overcook, that is one of the worst thing you can do to a dish.

I had some broccoli boiling in a separate pan so I added some to the pan after I plated my dish. I added some sesame seeds to the broccoli, stirred it a couple of time and used as garnish. That is a totally unnecessary move but it makes you look like you made an effort.

This was a very fresh, very delicious dish that I didn’t anticipate, to be honest. I was just looking for a quick fix, but it turned out great. Enjoy.

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The lettuce should be just cooked enough to be considered raw. The crunch of it will add to the texture and make you dish better than it is.
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This looks a little unappealing but it tastes great, I assure you.

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