Odds and Ends Stir-Fry


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.

Dinner Review:

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.

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