Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thai-Style Stir Fry

This is definitely a keeper!  Straight from the October 2012 Cook's Illustrated, it's another America's Test Kitchen winner.  Chicken, eggs, broccoli, and rice noodles tossed with the most flavorful sauce, you really can't go wrong.

The key in this recipe is LEAVE IT ALONE.  When I say without stirring or stirring once, I mean it.  I was very skeptical of this method, as I am an extremely impatient cook, and want to stir every 2 seconds.  By not stirring, you are allowing the flavors to really explode. It creates a few charred/browned parts, but this is key in flavor development. Trust me!!


Chile Vinegar:
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 Serrano chile, stemmed and sliced into thin rings

Stir Fry:
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut against grain into 1/4 inch thick slices
1 tsp. baking soda
8 oz. (1/4" wide) rice noodles (ATK recommends A taste of Thai Rice Noodles, straight cut)
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1/4 c. oyster sauce
1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp fish sauce
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
10 ounces broccoli or broccolini, florets cut into 1" pieces


1. For the chile vinegar: Combine vinegar and Serrano in bowl.  Let stand at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.

2. Combine chicken with 2 tablespoons water and the baking soda in a bowl.  Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.  Rinse chicken in cold water and drain well.

3. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.  Place noodles in a large bowl.  Pour boiling water over noodles.  Stir, then soak until noodles are almost tender, about 8 minutes, stirring once halfway through.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  Drain well and toss with 2 teaspoons oil.

4.  Whisk together oyster sauce, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, molasses, and fish sauce in a bowl.

5.  Heat 2 teaspoons oil and the garlic in a 12" skillet over high heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic is deep golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add chicken and 2 tablespoons of the sauce, toss to coat, and spread chicken into an even layer.  Cook, without stirring, until chicken begins to brown, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  Using tongs, flip the chicken and cook, without stirring, until second side begins to brown, another 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.  Push chicken to 1 side of skillet, add 2 teaspoons oil and the eggs to the cleared part of the skillet.  Using a rubber spatula, stir the eggs gently and cook until set but still wet.  Stir eggs into chicken and continue to cook, breaking up large pieces of eggs until eggs are fully cooked, 30 to 60 seconds.  Transfer chicken mixture to a bowl.

6.  Heat 2 teaspoons oil in the now-empty skillet until smoking. Add broccoli and 2 tablespoons sauce, toss to coat.  Cover skillet and cook for 2 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.  Remove lid and continue to cook until it is crisp and very brown in spots, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.  Add broccoli to the chicken bowl.

7. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in now-empty skillet until smoking.  Add half of noodles and 2 tablespoons sauce and toss to coat.  Cook until noodles are starting to brown in spots, about 2 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking.  Transfer noodles to bowl with chicken mixture.  Repeat with remaining 2 teaspoons oil, noodles, and sauce.  When second batch of noodles is cooked, add contents of bowl back to skills and toss to combine.  Cook, without stirring, until everything is warmed through, 1 to 1/2 minutes.  Serve immediately, passing the chile vinegar separately.


Anonymous said...

Me and my friends will having a camping tomorrow and they want me to cook a delicious dish tomorrow. I think this one is perfect for us. I will now save this. Thanks for sharing!

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