Saturday, October 29, 2011

Green Bean Chicken Stir Fry Over Fried Rice

I've been contemplating taking an Asian cooking class for awhile now and just haven't gotten around to it. In the meantime, I've been playing around with Asian flavors and I came across this recipe and decided to try it.
Recipe found at Chinese Grandma

Chicken and green bean stir fry

  • 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 pound green beans
  • Cooking oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sherry (I did not use this)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Dash sesame oil (did not have, will use next time)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated ( did not have, will use next time)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste ( used this)
  1. If starting with frozen chicken breasts, set in bowl of cold water to defrost.
  2. Take end off green beans and wash.
  3. Rinse rice in several changes of water until water is mostly clear. Add fresh water for cooking and set aside.
  4. Dice chicken into bite-sized pieces (approx 1/2″ cubes). Place diced chicken in bowl.
  5. Add marinade ingredients to chicken – soy sauce, sherry, garlic chopped. (Stir well to distribute marinade.)
  6. Refrigerate chicken.
  7. Start rice to cook before starting stir fry.
  8. Prepare stir fry sauce. Add brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, sherry and garlic chopped in a small bowl. 
  9. Add cornstarch and stir well, pressing out any lumps until sauce has a consistent milky brown color.
  10. Heat two tablespoons of oil in an large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  11. Add green beans. If green beans don’t fit in one batch, cook half at a time. Use long tongs to turn beans over while cooking so that they do not burn.
  12. If beans are particularly thick, add two tablespoons of water to pan and cover skillet for a couple of minutes to steam-cook beans to desired tenderness. Do not overcook, as beans will go back in the pan briefly later.
  13. Remove beans from pan.
  14. Add two more tablespoons of oil to pan. Add chicken and stir to separate pieces.
  15. When chicken is cooked (turns from pink to white), add prepared stir fry sauce and stir. Sauce will quickly turn from milky light brown to glossy dark brown as it cooks.
  16. Add string beans and stir to combine. Add dash of sesame oil if desired.
  17. Remove chicken and string beans to serving dish.
  18. Serve over rice.

 Served 2

I wanted to try for the whole Asian experience and decided to make a quick fried rice instead of serving over plain white rice. I just fried the rice in a wok with soy sauce and egg.

This meal was actually pretty tasty!! I plan to make this again with the ginger and the sesame oil! Looked great on my Asian style plates.


Adei von K said...

you're killing me. you didn't use the most asian of the flavors! soy sauce is a given but it's just salt! ginger and especially sesame oil are the true, bold, healthy flavors in Asian cuisine!

Gorgeous_Puddin said...
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Gorgeous Puddin said...


I didn't have those items and I didn't want to go to the store. It was a use whatcha got moment lol!

I know next time it will be so much better because I will have the ginger and sesame oil.

K. Rock said...

Ohhh this look easy and yummy. I am going to try it.

Don said...

I've never had the pleasure of eating Asian food, though I must say the above dish looks deliciously prepared.

Gorgeous_Puddin said...

@K Rock
Hey girl! Yes! it was so easy and quick to make and surprisingly deelish my "guinea pig" liked it too! LOL! Let me know how yours turns out.

I said Asian but is was just Chinese food. You have had Chinese food right? If not I gotta figure out how to get you some dude! It's GREAT! lol Thank you for the compliment!! *beams*

K. Rock said...

Meant to tell you I made this. It was really good. I used ginger powder and I didn't buy any sherry either. But in spite of that, I would definitely make again. Thanks for sharing!

Gorgeous_Puddin said...

Yay!! I'm glad you liked it K Rock!! Simple, quick and economical is always a win. I made it again with brown rice and a little spicier, still Yum!