Do you crave that restaurant-style garlic chicken stir fry? Are you tired of soggy, tasteless chicken or overcooked veggies? Look no further. We’ve got the perfect recipe for you. Flavorful, tender chicken and crisp veggies drenched in a garlicky, savory sauce. Oh, and the best part? It’s super easy to make. Let’s dive in!
The Secrets Behind Perfect Garlic Chicken Stir Fry:
Unlocking the magic behind the perfect stir fry requires a blend of technique, timing, and terrific ingredients:
- High Heat: One secret to a great stir fry is consistent high heat. It cooks the ingredients quickly and retains their freshness.
- Fresh Ingredients: Always opt for fresh veggies and meat. It makes a world of difference in terms of taste and texture.
- The Right Wok: A good quality wok ensures even heat distribution and minimizes the risk of overcooking.
- Cornstarch: It not only thickens the sauce but also gives that glossy restaurant-style finish to your stir fry.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Servings: 4
- 1 lb. Boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
- 1 tbsp + 1 tsp Olive oil (divided)
- 1 Yellow bell pepper, sliced
- 1 c Sliced mushrooms
- 2-3 c Broccoli Florets
- 4 Cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp Soy sauce
- ¾ c. Chicken broth
- 1 ½ tsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Sesame oil
- 2 tsp Cornstarch
- Preparation of Ingredients: Begin by ensuring all your ingredients are prepped. This makes the stir-frying process swift and ensures even cooking.
- Marinating the Chicken: In a mixing bowl, combine chicken cubes, salt, pepper, and 1 tsp of olive oil. Mix well and set aside for 10 minutes to marinate.
- Starting the Stir Fry: In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the marinated chicken cubes. Stir fry until they are browned and nearly cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.
- Veggies Time: In the same skillet, add the sliced yellow bell pepper, sliced mushrooms, and broccoli florets. Stir fry until the veggies are just tender but still have a bite, roughly 3-4 minutes.
- Garlic Punch: Add the minced garlic to the skillet with the veggies. Fry for about 1 minute until fragrant, ensuring the garlic doesn’t burn.
- Sauce It Up: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, chicken broth, sugar, sesame oil, and cornstarch until smooth. Pour this sauce into the skillet with the veggies and garlic.
- Bringing It All Together: Return the chicken to the skillet. Stir everything together, ensuring the sauce coats all ingredients evenly. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
- Taste and Serve: Adjust salt and pepper if needed. Once done, serve your garlic chicken stir fry hot with a side of steamed rice or noodles. Enjoy the flavorsome symphony of this dish!
For an enhanced dining experience, pair your Garlic Chicken Stir Fry with:
- Steamed Jasmine or Basmati rice.
- A side of fresh, crispy spring rolls.
- A cold glass of white wine or a tangy iced lemon tea.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
- Can I use frozen veggies?
Yes, but always thaw and drain them to remove excess water before stir-frying.
- Any alternative to chicken breast?
You can use chicken thighs or even tofu for a vegetarian version.
- Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes, but it’s best enjoyed fresh. If needed, reheat on a stove for best texture.
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