A Basic Stir Fry Recipe

I always have enjoyed meals that you serve over rice. My favorites include Sweet and Sour Chicken and Orange Walnut Chicken. This year I am expanding into Thai stir fry recipes and adding more heat. I have been researching a lot of different recipes that I will be trying over the upcoming months. This recipe is an easy approach as it brings together the three basic elements: meat, vegetables, and sauce. You could make this with tofu or skip the meat for a vegetarian meal. If you are really in a pinch for time, you could buy a stir-fry sauce from the store.

Hopefully with the below approach, you should be able to quickly put together a meal on those busy nights. I like to freeze my chicken pre-sliced allowing me to take it out of the freezer a day or two before I need it. If I have time, I will pre-slice my vegetables for a few meals or buy them pre-sliced if I am really short on time. I make my rice in a rice cooker while I am cooking the stir-fry. I can have dinner on the table in 30-minutes or less! I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know your approach!

Select Your Meat:
Chicken, sliced thinly
Pork, sliced thinly
Shrimp, seafood
Tofu
Or Vegetarian

Select Your Stir-Fry Ingredients:
Sweet Onion, Sliced
Carrots, sliced thin
Pepper, sliced thin
Zucchini, sliced thin
Mushrooms, sliced thin
Broccoli

My Stir Fry Sauce:
Stir Fry Oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon Red Pepper Chili Sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoon sherry
Salt

Making the Sauce
Make the sauce first. Heat the Stir Fry oil in a small saucepan. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry 15-30 second over medium heat to bring out the flavor. Be careful because garlic burns easily. Add and blend in the remaining ingredients except for the sherry and the cornstarch. Bring mixture just to a boil. Dissolve the cornstarch into the wine and then whisk into the sauce. Heat until thickens.

Cook Your Meat
Pour a small amount of olive oil or stir fry oil in a frying pan. Place your chicken in the frying pan and season with Lawry salt and Pepper. Periodically stir until chicken is cooked.

Cook Your Vegetables
Pour a small amount of olive oil or stir fry oil in a braising pan or wok. Add vegetables and cook until desired tenderness.

Bring together the sauce, meat, and vegetables
Add your cooked chicken to your vegetable mixture and add your sauce. Cook for another minute or so until ingredients and flavors are blended. I like to serve over Jasmine rice with Cilantro and a slice of Lime. Enjoy!

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