FABULOUS FRIDAY….Stir-Fried Chicken with Colorful Peppers

This is one of my favorite go-to recipes and something I make quite often.  My daughter is not a big fan of “spicy” so you can temper the cayenne to suit your taste.  Enjoy!

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assemble your ingredients (wine, chicken & cayenne not pictured)
notice the background…9 days until “i do”

1 TB white wine
2 TB soy sauce
1 small egg white
2 TB cornstarch
1 lb chicken meat (I use boneless, skinless breast meat) cubes or sliced into small pieces (I like to cut it very thin on an angle so it cooks quickly and looks a little nicer

1 TB red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 TB sugar
2 tsp sesame oil

vegetable oil
2 garlic cloves, minced (I usually use more ’cause I love garlic!)
2 tsp cayenne pepper (or you can use 2 fresh chili peppers…& up the heat a bit more)
2 bell peppers seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces…I like to use the red, orange or yellow cause they’re a nice contrast to the chicken and brighten up the dish.

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Mix together wine, soy, egg white and cornstarch in a bowl…add chicken and turn to coat well.  Marinate for at least 3 minutes.  Mix together vinegar, salt, sugar and sesame oil in a small bowl.

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everything chopped and ready to go

Heat oil in wok…add the garlic & cayenne and stir fry for about a minute or so, but not too long…the garlic can burn and get bitter.  Add chicken. Stir fry until the chicken is golden brown, then add bell peppers, stir fry a bit more to soften and then finally add the vinegar/sugar mixture.  The vinegar/sugar mixture, in addition to adding a yummy extra layer to the dish, gives the dish a nice sheen.  Stir fry until sauce thickens and is bubbly.

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This is my favorite kitchen appliance!  I got it in Chinatown when I lived in SF….before 1984 (along with the wok and Chinese cookbook pictured).  It’s got a few dents but works like a charm.  1 cup rice to 2 cups water or chicken broth, plug in and push the bottom. Flawless rice every time!

IMAG5391Chardonnay pares nicely with spicy food!

吃好
(this is the equivalent of Bon-Appetit in Chinese)

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!

2 Comments

  1. I had to laugh out loud when I saw your rice cooker – looks just like my college one from the late 70’s. Just can’t bring myself to upgrade, it has such good memories & still works like a champ (probably better made, too!) Thanks for sharing, Jeanine!

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