Monday, May 26, 2008

Governor's Chicken

I've been neglecting this blog a bit, so I decided to flip through my collection of recipes and start posting some of my tried and true favorites. I thought I would start with this simple and delicious stir-fry. The sauce is very versatile, so you can use any combination of vegetables and meat and always get a yummy result.
Governor's Chicken
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 egg white
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups plus
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 medium green bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch diamond-shape pieces
1 medium red bell pepper, optional, seeded and cut into 1-inch diamond-shape pieces
1 bunch scallions, peeled and cut on the diagonal into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
2 dried hot red chile peppers, or to taste and tolerance
1 cup cocktail peanuts
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons dry sherry
3 garlic cloves, crushed and minced
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cut the chicken into 3/4-inch cubes. Combine the cubes with the egg white, 2 tablespoons of water and 3 tablespoons of the cornstarch. Mix well. Heat the 2 cups oil in a wok to 280 degrees F, or put 1 piece of chicken in the oil and, when the bubbles rise from it like Champagne bubbles, add the rest of the chicken. Stir the chicken slowly and cook until the pink is no longer visible. Drain in a colander.
Combine the bell peppers, scallions and ginger in a colander. Rinse in cold water. With a pair of scissors, cut the hot peppers lengthwise and then cut again width wise, flaking the bits on top of the vegetables in the colander. Combine the soy sauce, sherry, garlic, sugar, salt, 2 tablespoons of cold water, and the remaining 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Mix well.
Heat the 3 teaspoons oil in a wok until smoking. Stir-fry the vegetables for 5 minutes, or until bright in color. Add the chicken cubes and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the cocktail peanuts and toss 3 times.
Restir the sauce and add it to the chicken and vegetables. Toss 5 times quickly and serve.

* You can use tofu, pork, shrimp or steak in place of the chicken or a combination of these.
* In a pinch, I just make the sauce and throw in whatever vegetables I have on hand. I heat a few tablespoons of oil in a wok and toss in my cut up veggies. I add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add the sauce.
* Read the directions all the way through. There are some extra ingredients that go into the sauce!

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