Deedles Dish in a Nutshell

I am a Midwestern girl from a long line of cooks who doesn't think cooking needs to be complicated. Enjoy the recipes!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Chicken Stir Fry with Green Beans

It's abundantly clear that I like cooking Asian food at home.  And, (yay!) I finally bought a wok.  So be prepared for even more Asian recipes to come.  I wanted to come up with a basic chicken stir fry that is easy, cheap and delicious because a stir fry is really easy to make on the fly or with random ingredients at home.  Thanks to Emeril for this absolutely delicious and easy stir fry recipe.  I was hooked from the first bite!!!

Chicken Stir Fry with Green Beans
6 oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts sliced very thin (about 1/8 inch)
1/4 cup soy sauce (for marinade)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (for marinade)
1/4 cup cooking sherry (for marinade)
1 tsp ginger
3/4 tsp Asian spice blend
All of the above ingredients are combined and used as a marinade for at least 1 hour.
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 lb green beans, stem ends trimmed, cut into 2 inch strips
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup roughly chopped cashews
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
3 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 1/2 tsp Sriracha or other roasted garlic hot sauce
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Chopped green onion for garnish, optional

Combine ingredients for marinade as indicated above and marinate chicken for at least one hour.

In wok or sautee pan, heat the oil over high heat.  Add the chicken and stirring constantly, cook until brown, about 1-2 minutes.  Add the green beans and stir fry until wrinkles, stirring constantly, about 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, about 10 seconds.  Add remainder of ingredients and stir to coat, about 1 minute.  Serve immediately over white or brown rice.  Garnish with green onion.

I was so impressed with how good this was.  The Sriracha and red pepper flakes really give it a good spicy bite.  Enjoy!

Good eatin'


Sugar Grilled Asparagus

I'm a griller.  I grill.  No, really, I have been grilling!!! This is one realm that I have very little experience in but with a great big grill right outside at my disposal, why not??

Grilling isn't just about meat, you can also do great veggies.  As I am attempting to eat healthy and integrating more vegetables into my diet, asparagus is a great thing to put on the grill.  There are a lot of ways to season asparagus but I wanted to try something different so I tried a recipe for Sugar Grilled Asparagus and I am I happy I did.  It's probably the best asparagus I've ever had and it is sooooooo easy! If you love the sweet/savory combo as much as I do, this is for you.

Sugar Grilled Asparagus
1 bunch asparagus, thick stalks cut off at the end
olive oil
white sugar

Roll the asparagus in olive oil then roll them in sugar.  Salt.  Place asparagus directly on the grill over medium heat until cooked, approximately 20 minutes.  Turn and move asparagus often so as not to burn the sugar.  Once the sugar caramelizes, move to low heat if necessary.

That's it! This asparagus is a great compliment to anything else on the grill.

Good eatin',