Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Stir-Fried Chicken


Stir-Fried Chicken

Stir-Fried Chicken

Yield

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 whole chicken breasts, split, skinned and boned
Vegetable oil
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 cup diagonally sliced celery
1 medium carrot, diagonally sliced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 can (16 ounces) bean sprouts, drained
1 can (5 ounces) water chestnuts, drained, sliced
1/4 cup water
3 cups hot cooked rice (1 cup uncooked)
3/4 cup peanuts
Celery leaves for garnish

Preparation

  1. Blend soy sauce into cornstarch in cup until smooth; set aside.
  2. Slice chicken crosswise across the grain into 1/4-inch strips on cutting board.
  3. Place wok or large skillet over high heat. (Test hot pan by adding drop of water to pan; if water sizzles, pan is sufficiently hot.) Add 2 tablespoons oil to wok, swirling to coat all sides. Heat oil until hot, about 30 seconds.
  4. Add chicken to wok; briskly toss and stir chicken with wok utensil or wooden spoon, keeping chicken in constant motion, 3 to 5 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove chicken from wok; set aside.
  5. Reheat wok over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok, swirling to coat all sides. Heat oil until hot, about 30 seconds. Add bell pepper, onion, celery, carrot, mushrooms, salt and ginger to wok; briskly toss and stir vegetables with wok utensil or wooden spoon, keeping vegetables in constant motion, 3 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender, adding more oil to wok if needed.
  6. Stir chicken into vegetables in wok until well combined; stir in bean sprouts, water chestnuts and water. Push chicken-vegetable mixture to side of wok; add cornstarch mixture. Cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.
  7. Mound rice onto serving platter; spoon chicken-vegetable mixture over rice. Sprinkle with peanuts. Garnish, if desired.

Check out more recipes for Chinese