Not long ago, I posted about how easy it is to sprout your own mung beans. The crunchy, delicious sprouts can be used in the following recipe:
Chicken with Bean Sprouts
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, marinated (see instructions below)
4 cups fresh bean sprouts
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
2 large cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 bunch scallions, sliced thin
Stir-fry sauce (see instructions below)
Earlier in the day, cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes and marinate in:
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon fish sauce, optional
2 teaspoons sesame oil
Stir together and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
When you're ready to cook, prepare the Stir-fry Sauce by stirring together:
¾ cup chicken stock
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce, optional
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Set sauce aside.
Let’s make dinner! Heat a wok or a large pan over high head. Add 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil. Stir-fry the chicken (no need to drain; put chicken and marinade into the wok!) until cooked through. Add the ginger and the garlic to the hot oil, cook for 1 minute. Add the bean sprouts and the scallions. Stir to combine. Give the sauce ingredients a stir (the cornstarch will settle to the bottom) and then pour it over everything in the wok. Stir and heat until sauce is bubbling and has thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat (do not cook the crunch out of the sprouts!) and serve over steaming jasmine rice. Delicious!
This is a regular dish in my house. I have been known, in a pinch, to use a bottled stir-fry sauce. The brand I prefer is House of Tang Classic Stir-fry Sauce. I can recommend this website that offers lots of stir-fry sauce recipes. Yum! As you can see from the photo above, I often add other vegetables to the recipe. I might toss in some broccoli and carrot, or some celery and water chestnuts, or a handful of cashews, or some snow peas. You can easily make this recipe your own by adding your favorite ingredients.
Is this a recipe you would try? What ingredient would you add?