Friday, March 31, 2017

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

I missed last Friday's Food post so I could post about the NYC Half marathon instead.  Now I'm ready to share a great recipe.

I mentioned previously that I made homemade restaurant style Chinese Chicken and Broccoli. I won't call it authentic because I believe I was told somewhere that this isn't exactly what you would get in China. But I'll call it Restaurant Style because around here it is exactly what you would get at a local Chinese restaurant.  See that picture below? This isn't that frozen stuff from a bag! I actually made it from scratch and it was GOOD!

Authentic Chinese food chicken and broccoli

I adjusted another recipe I found online and made it my own.

1. First make the marinade for the chicken.
                                                                 Sauce for marinade

2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon of water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce

Let chicken marinade for 30 minutes or more.
(I used 1 pack of chicken fillets. There were about 5 in the pack)

2. After the chicken has marinade, steam your veggies.
I used a head of broccoli and carrots (cut in matchstick slices), and steamed them both in the microwave (in a steamer) for 3 minutes each.


3. While Veggies are steaming make the sauce.

Sauce

1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon on soy sauce
2 Tablespoons of brown sugar
2 Tablespoons of Garlic Powder 
2 Tablespoons of flour
1 Tablespoon of Rice Vinegar
 (I used rice vinegar but I've read that Cider Vinegar can be substituted)
1 Tablespoon of Vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons of water




4. In a large pan heat 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil on med-high heat. Add chicken (which you should cut into strips) with marinade and half of the sauce mixture. Saute until chicken is golden brown. Stir frequently.

5. Add remaining sauce and steamed veggies. Cook for 2 minutes or until sauce thickens.

I served this with a side of white rice.

Enjoy!  -M



31 comments:

  1. Looks good and easy to make! I really prefer making my own sauces for recipes like this so you know exactly what you are eating!

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  2. I make a version of Kung Pao chicken that my family says is better than any we've had from a restaurant! Plus it's less greasy.

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  3. simple stir fry meals are my go to mid week. I like to just throw in all the veggies that are lying around here and go

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    1. I used to by those frozen stir fry meals but like to use fresh veggies when I can.

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  4. Looks totally yummy! I would love to make this

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  5. I wonder why there's baking soda in the marinade? That seems odd to me. It still sounds yummy!

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    1. Baking soda can be used as a meat tenderizer so I think that's probably why it's added to the marinade.

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  6. That recipe sounds delicious! My husband and I rely on frozen or pre-made meals a few times a week - it would be nice to make more from scratch!

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    1. If you make enough, you may be able to freeze some of it for a meal later on.

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  7. This sounds fantastic! I will have to try it!

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  8. I love making my own Chinese food. It is so easy, and so much healthier than ordering it from a restaurant.

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    1. Yes it is, but unfortunately I won't stop ordering from my favorite restaurant..lol

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  9. I love a good stir fry. For me, taking out that chicken & just adding in more veggies ;) I love adding in cashews in my stir fry... soften 'em up with the soy sauce. YESSS

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  10. Yum, looks good! I don't make that much Chinese food at home but this didn't look too hard. I'll have to give something like this a try.

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    1. It wasn't hard to make but I will say it's quicker to order out..haha

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  11. I've found a recipe for Mongolian beef which I haven't tried yet. Most places make it spicy, but I prefer flavor over spice. It's nice to control what goes in.

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    1. I have never tried Mongolian beef so I didn't know it came spicy. Thanks for the heads up!

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  12. That looks really yummy! I love restaurant style Chinese food.

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    1. I can't believe it tasted just as good as at a restaurant except mine was a little less greasy.

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  13. Yum! This is the only Chinese dish I know how to make at home. And the best!

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    1. Me too! Well, I did make some kind of peanut noodle dish a few years ago.

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  14. This looks so delicious and seems fairly simple to make. I'm adding it to my "to cook" list soon! Thanks :)

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  15. Sounds yummy! Although I like Chinese food, I have never attempted to make it on my own....

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  16. I'm marking this recipe to try at home! I LOVE chicken and Brocoli!! Thanks !1

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