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Easy Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry

Updated on March 26, 2017

Cooking For Two Or More People

Orson Welles summed up the way I cook when he stated, “My doctor told me I had to stop throwing intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people.”


Chicken Stir Fry

This is the finished product
This is the finished product | Source

Picture Perfect Dinner

I am far from an artist and not even close to being in the category of a chef. I’m a cook. I plan our menus and then I prepare the meals. I’m a slicer, dicer, mincer, and shredder. The color is what appeals to my senses and taste buds. Henri Matisse would feel right at home sitting in my kitchen. Immediately he would notice an artist’s palette containing bold splashes of reds, yellows, and greens that adorn the dinner plate. Cooking is so much more than flavor and texture. For me, meal preparation is about the ingredients, the different hues, and the presentation. If it smells and looks good then chances are the meal will be a winner.


Rating

4 stars from 3 ratings of Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Fast, Hot and Tasty Chinese Food

A quick Google search under “stir fry” reveals 16.5 million articles on the subject. There are recipes for chicken, chicken and broccoli, vegetarian, healthy, shrimp, beef, and even tofu stir fry. If you have never made your own stir fry then most likely you have opted for the convenience of ordering from a Chinese restaurant. Whenever I call our local Chinese restaurant and place a takeout order I’m usually informed the order will be ready for pickup in 15 to 20 minutes. There’s no denying it…getting food in a Chinese restaurant is fast, hot and tasty. The downside is not knowing whether or not the meal contains monosodium glutamate (MSG).


Ginger Root

To peel ginger prior to grating, simply use a spoon in an upward motion and the skin will come off.
To peel ginger prior to grating, simply use a spoon in an upward motion and the skin will come off. | Source

Chicken Stir Fry

You can see the steam coming from the beginning stages of the cooking process
You can see the steam coming from the beginning stages of the cooking process | Source

Timing is Everything

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 12 min
Ready in: 27 min
Yields: 4 huge servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts, Cubed or cut into strips
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 - 2 TBS. Peanut or Sesame Oil
  • 1/2 Green Bell Pepper, Cut into strips
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, Cut into strips
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1 Broccoli Head, Cut to only use florets
  • 1 - 2 Cups Snap Peas
  • 1.5 Cups Mushrooms, Sliced
  • 1 Can or Large Handful Bean Sprouts
  • 1 Small Can Water Chestnuts
  • 1 15 oz. can Baby Corn, Drained
  • 2 TBSP Cornstarch
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 - 1 TSP Ginger, Grated

Directions

  1. Although traditional Chinese recipes call for cooking in a wok, I have also found that my large skillet (12 inches) works well too. Regardless whether you are using a wok or large skillet, heat your oil over medium high heat. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for one minute. Then add your chicken and stir continuously, until it begins to brown for approximately 4 minutes. Put in the peppers and onions and cook for 1 minute. Add the bean sprouts, mushrooms, water chestnuts, snap peas, baby corn, and broccoli and cook for another 2 minutes. The next to last step is to add the soy sauce and cook for another 2 minutes, or longer depending on how crisp you like your vegetables.
  2. The last step involves dissolving the cornstarch in chicken broth in a bowl and pouring it onto the stir-fry for another 2 minutes. The cornstarch will help to thicken the sauce.
  3. Quite frankly, my wife likes her chicken cooked longer than the suggested time and she also prefers vegetables with less crunch. Accordingly, I simply added a few more minutes to the cooking time at the very end.

Rice is Nice

This recipe is full of flavor and packed with delicious goodness. I like to serve the chicken and vegetables over piping hot white rice. Unlike a lot of Chinese food, I seriously doubt you will be hungry in an hour after feasting on this dish.

I think you will be pleasantly surprised and your taste buds will be tantalized with the moist tenderness of the chicken and the firmness of the vegetables, along with the crunch of the water chestnuts.



Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables
Roasted Vegetables | Source

Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

More Fresh Vegetables with Chicken
More Fresh Vegetables with Chicken | Source

Favorite Chicken Dishes

As you can tell, my favorite meals are those that incorporate the bold color of vegetables that compliment a moist and seasoned chicken breast. If stir-fry isn't your thing, then I highly recommend making a roasted vegetable and chicken dish. Your family or dinner guests will think you labored for hours in the kitchen, but only you will know how easy the preparation process was.

Homegrown Garden Vegetables

A photo of vegetables grown in my garden
A photo of vegetables grown in my garden | Source

Cooking at Home

Some may view cooking as a chore or think they aren't very good in the kitchen. Others may feel pressed for time, living hectic lives packed with one activity after another and take out dinners become a matter of convenience. However, with the stir-fry recipe or any other recipes that involve vegetables, you can do much of your prep work the day before. I will often cut my vegetables and chicken the day prior to the actual meal and place them in 1-gallon storage bags. Just imagine, you can have a home cooked chicken and vegetable stir-fry meal that will serve 4 adults in 15 minutes. Additionally, there are no hard and fast rules regarding what you throw in the pan. Asparagus and green beans would be super. So, say no to MSG and make a home cooked meal for yourself and loved ones tonight.

WRITTEN BY: DENNIS L. PAGE



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    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      12 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Those seem like wonderful memories you have. I do all the cooking at home and I love every moment doing it. For me, the most joy is preparing the meal and then watching others enjoy what I presented them with.

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      Patricia Scott 

      13 months ago from sunny Florida

      So enjoy some excellent stir fry...fell in love with this type of cooking when I lived in Japan as a GI's wife....so many wonderfully tempting dishes to try and enjoy.

      I often prepare stir fry and it reminds me of those days.

      I will definitely give your recipe a try as I am always eager to change it up a bit.

      Angels are headed your way ps

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      do you have any other chicken recipes? American style are appealing

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      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you for stopping by my hub. Your comment is appreciated. The nice thing about stir-frying meat, in particular, is we have a tendency to use less of it. Vegetables are always welcome in my kitchen.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      3 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Oh my! This looks so yummy. I am mostly stir frying when cooking meat and veggies. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy weekend!

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Great advice and I think I'll tweak it a tad. Thank you.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      you should put the roasted vegetable pic way up, that is better than the blurr one. ANyway, thanks for the recipe

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      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you for reading, commenting and your vote. I really appreciate it. I love this recipe and as a matter of fact, I made it again just a few days ago.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This sounds really delicious and healthy! The pictures are so tempting and I would love to try my chicken next time this way.

      Thanks for sharing the details! Voted up!

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      Thank you for dropping in and reading my recipe hub. I love everything about this dish, from the crunchy water chestnuts to the crisp vegetables and the skinless boneless chicken breasts. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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      naecrix 

      3 years ago

      This is something i will try for sure! :)

    • pagesvoice profile imageAUTHOR

      Dennis L. Page 

      3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      I thought the quote from Orson Welles was hilarious. It just seemed to fit my style of cooking. I've never been one to prepare a meal for only two. I feel I need to cook for an army.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The quote had me laughing and I could relate. This is a recipe that will go nicely with our family. Thank you sir!

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