Ginger Soy Chicken Stir Fry
I always take an hour or so during midterms week to cook something new, for my own sanity. I’ve been doing stir fry with just sesame oil and soy sauce for a long time, but I’ve been longing for something more…
I’m not being dramatic, soy sauce is boring.
My stir fry sauce turned out very flavorful, although a bit thicker than expected. This is straight from Allrecipes, with a few very minor adjustments… although I was cheap and didn’t go for the corn syrup, which was a mistake as it made the sauce a deliciously flavorful molasses.
Stir Fry Sauce
- 1 tbsp. corn starch
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar
- Crushed red pepper (to taste, or omit if that’s not yo thang)
- 1/2 cup corn syrup (Seriously, add this)
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp. minced ginger
- 1 clove minced garlic
Start with your dry ingredients in a small saucepan (corn starch, brown sugar, and red pepper) and mix well. Add the rest and heat it until it comes to a boil.
The Stir Fry
I used brown rice for this stir fry and the vegetables were a fairly standard array of carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, and bean sprouts. I also had chicken thrown in there - if you’re doing a stir fry with raw meat, make sure you fire up the meat before you throw in the vegetables. This will help your meat cook thoroughly and not overcook the veggies.
While we’re here, I want to say that if you’ve been painstakingly stirring your fry in a pan, you might want to consider a cheap wok. I got mine from Ikea for $5 and it comes in handy. Woks heat up the stir fry differently than a pan, and also allow you to throw your ingredients around a bit more - great for an even distribution of sauce. Just think about it, OK?!?
Anyways, when the chicken was almost cooked thoroughly, I threw in my veggies and the sauce. If you made your sauce right, it should be thick and not stick to your wok like mine did.
A few things about the picture before we wrap up: I threw the rice in the wok, which I immediately regretted, but it’s really a matter of opinion. Also, I am in desperate need of a better quality camera.