Thursday, February 18, 2010

Take Out- Fake Out

Who doesn't  love take out? It's easy and fast but it can run you pretty penny. Since I love to cook, I love creating Take Out- Fake Out meals right in my kitchen. There's something about recreating restaurant dishes at home that make dinner with the family so exotic. I'm replicating Chicken Stir Fry loaded with veggies, fresh ginger and garlic. Bird's Eye brand happens to put out a very good frozen stiry fry mix available in the local freezer section of your supermarket.  The reason I'm using frozen veg instead of fresh is just to make the recipe easier to replicate- if you have fresh produce on hand -by all means go ahead. The fresh ginger really wakes up the dish and a garnish of fresh scallion adds a burst of flavor. What's your favorite Take Out- Fake Out dish ?
Chef J's Chicken Stir Fry
The trick to a really great stir-fry is cooking your chicken separate from the veggies and then combining afterwards. Otherwise you end up overcrowding the saute pan and the chicken comes out dry and rubbery.
(1) lb. of Chicken
(1) bag of strir fry vegetables- defrosted
(1) knob of fresh grated ginger
(3 cloves of chopped garlic
(5) tablespoons of olive oil
(1/4) cup low sodium soy sauce
Salt & Pepper
Add (3) tbsp. of oil to sautee pan, once hot
Add Chicken- season w/ salt & pepper
Cook chicken 3/4 of the way - remove from pan and reserve
Add remaining (2) tbsp of oil  to pan
Toss in ginger and garlic, fry 1 minute
Add frozen veg- sautee  3-5 minutes
Return chicken back to pan -pour in soy sauce
Finish cooking another 4 minutes.

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