Sunday, February 26, 2012

Stir-Fried Chicken (Gwyneth's recipe)

I bought Gwyneth Paltrow's first cookbook, "My Father's Daughter" some time back.  After initial skepticism as to the relateability of her kitchen endeavors, I have found most of the recipes refreshingly down-to-earth, which is not a description often associated with its author. 
This is her recipe for "best stir-fried chicken."  I followed it closely, but added broccoli in with the chicken, and felt it didn't noticeably dilute the flavor.
Gwyneth's "Best Stir-Fried Chicken"
At a glance, you'll need:

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into small (~ 3/4") cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • Coarse Salt
  • Freshly-ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup peeled and minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup peeled and minced ginger
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup minced scallions (I used green onions)
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 head fresh broccoli, cut into small "trees"
Toss the Chicken with the cornstarch, a large pinch of salt, and pepper.  
Heat the oil in a large, nonstick pan/wok over medium-high heat.
Add the garlic, ginger, green onion, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally for 5-10 minutes.
Add the vinegar, sugar and 5-6 grinds of black pepper.
Add the broccoli
Boil on high for 3 minutes, or until the sugar has really caramelized, and the sauce is rich and sticky.
Add the soy sauce, cook for another minute or so.

I served it with the kale stir-fried rice she suggests, and it was incredible, not to mention highly-nutritious!


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