I’ve been really into stir-fry’s lately. It’s been a process of trial and error, but I think I’ve finally got it right here. What I wanted to do is come up with a very simple recipe that could be made in a hurry, with ingredients you’re likely to have in your kitchen anyway. Here, the sauce is super simple: vegetable oil, reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce, and white sugar.
Jamie Oliver (as usual) had some very helpful advice. He pointed out a few things I didn’t realize from reading other recipes. Basically, you want the oil and the pan to be piping hot before anything else goes in, and you want to cook the food fast, moving things constantly.
Jamie also explains that it’s really best not to try to cook more than one or two portions at a time, because you want to give the food enough room in the pan to let off steam. If things are too crowded, you end up sort of steaming/boiling the food, and you don’t want that.
I always appreciate your advice, Jamie– thank you.
Anyway, for my recipe, you need:
- 5 tbsp Vegetable or canola oil
- One clove garlic
- Two chicken thighs or breasts
- 1 cup broccoli (or whatever other vegetables you want)
- 1-2 cups cooked soba noodles
A note on the soba noodles: I used the precooked KAME brand noodles, because I really think they work best and taste best. This blog is all about saving money, but here I think it’s worth the extra dollar or two, versus the dried noodles. I had tried the Annie Chung’s brand, but they had so much salt added they ruined the flavor of the overall dish. Whichever brand you buy, check the sodium content first! The KAME noodles only have 1% of your daily value per serving.
For the sauce (heat separately in another pan and add at the end):
- 3 tbsp Vegetable or canola oil
- 2 tbsp Reduced sodium teriyaki sauce (I used Kikkoman)
- 1 tbsp white sugar
In a nutshell:
- Chop up chicken, garlic, and broccoli first, so you don’t have to do any chopping while things are cooking.
- Heat up approx. 5 tbsp of oil in a frying pan.
- Throw in the chicken and garlic first, and stir them constantly for 2-3 minutes.
- After the chicken looks as though it has started to cook on the outside, but is still slightly raw on the inside, throw in the broccoli and continue to stir constantly.
- Once the chicken looks cooked, it’s time to add the soba noodles. If there isn’t room in the pan, set the chicken and broccoli aside on a plate and just stir-fry the vegetables in oil, then recombine.
- Add the sauce at the end and let everything sit for a few minutes before serving,
The finished product: