Since I hate wasting food, I get a rush out of creating dishes out of the odds and ends in my refrigerator.
This week, I was in the possession of some very lovely odds and ends such as Chik-Fil-A chicken nuggets and fruit salad. Unfortunately, I find that chicken nuggets and fruit salad only taste good the day they are made.
What to do?
In the end, I decided to create a stir-fry out of my odds and ends and call it, “Odds and Ends Stir-Fry.” I realize that this title sounds borderline suspicious, but, hey, aren’t mystery ingredients what Chinese cooking is all about? 🙂
Odds and Ends Stir-Fry
*1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
*1 Tablespoon sesame oil
*2 medium bell peppers, large-diced
*1 medium onion, large-diced
*2 garlic cloves, minced
*1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
*4 Tablespoons soy sauce
*1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
*1 Tablespoon sugar
*1-2 teaspoons chili-garlic sauce
*1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast
*4 scallions, chopped
*1 cup Gala or Granny Smith apple, medium diced
*1/4 cup lite coconut milk
In a large skillet, heat oils over high heat and add onion, cook for about 3 minutes.
Next, add the garlic and peppers and stir around so that the garlic doesn’t burn, cook for 1 minute.
Toss the chicken in and stir well. In a measuring cup, whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, hoisin, sugar and chili sauce and pour over the chicken. Stir well to coat and cook 1 minute.
Add the apples and scallions next and cook 30 seconds, stirring well.
Finally, add the coconut milk and stir well, cook 1 minute.
(The purpose of the coconut milk is to thicken the sauce. If you do not have coconut milk, whisk 1/4 cup chicken broth with 1 tablespoon flour.)
Serve over jasmine rice. Garnish with a dollop of chili-garlic sauce, a slash of soy sauce and sprinkling of red pepper flakes.
Leilani: I like the way the tartness of the apples mimicked chunks of pineapple. I thought the dish needed more heat, though.
Dave: This dish had just the right amount of flavor, and I liked how all of the different ingredients worked together.
Brodie: This dish needed anchovies. And mango juice.
Baby Girl: Yes, I agree. Needs anchovies. And tuna juice. And leftover cereal milk.