When time is short, the weather is hot and you are hungry for a real meal I find a stir fry can be a lifesaver of an entree. It allows me to use whatever is in the fridge and pantry to create a fresh wholesome meal very quickly, less then 30 minutes including prep.
For a starch my go to choice is often rice noodles, they come in skinny to very wide size and are so easy to prepare. They take on the flavor of the rest of the dish which can be handy; no flavor conflicts here.
This version I am sharing today is a chicken stir fry made with those delightful wide rice noodles you can get these days in most grocery stores. I soak them in very hot water for ten minutes and drain well before stirring them into the completed dish. Easy for sure! This batch was marked as extra wide and they were just that.
Notes: the veggie amounts are very fluid; use more if you like a lot of something or skip if you hate. Best made in a wok; I have a small one I use all the time. I guess you can use a fry pan; keep it hot and stir constantly.
I actually ate the leftovers the day after for my supper: served it cold as a salad; added a touch more soy sauce and a swig of sesame oil and it was just delightful: refreshingly different.
Chicken Stir Fry with Rice Noodles
Wide rice noodles; enough for 2 people
½ lb of chicken breast cut into bite sized bits
1-2 tbsp. cooking oil (I like mild olive oil)
1 medium onion cut down from the top and then into slices top to bottom
1 big carrot; sliced on the diagonal
1 celery stalk sliced on diagonal
1 cup broccoli chunks
1 baby bok choy; about 1 cup of cut up chunks (2 big stalks works too)
2/3 cup pea pods; either snap or sugar peas
1 big garlic clove minced
About ½ a tsp of grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. corn starch dissolved in 1/3 cup water
1-2 tsp. soy sauce (be sure it is gf)
Put the noodles in a bowl half full of very hot water; I heat it in the microwave until almost boiling. I break them in half before putting in water; up to you if you like long strands. Let stand ten minutes. Meanwhile, cut the chicken up into thin slices or chunks; nothing that can’t fit easily into someone’s mouth. Heat mini wok, add oil. Add chicken and stir it after a minute; flipping over; brown all over lightly; 3-4 minutes. Remove to a plate. Add onion, celery and carrot, stir a minute or two then add broccoli and bok choy, stir 1-2 minutes. Add the pea pods and garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. You want the veggies to be a touch crisp but mostly cooked.
Add back the chicken and the ginger, stir well for 30 seconds to a minute. Pour in the cornstarch water slurry and 1 tsp. soy sauce. Stir as it cooks for one minute; add more water if not enough sauce to your liking. This last minute is critical to make the sauce clear; cooks the cornstarch. Taste and add more soy sauce if you want, also, season with salt and fresh black pepper to your liking.
I often use fruit juice for some or all of the water. Pineapple is my favorite but orange juice or even lemon juice works well for some of the fluid; adds a lot of flavor. Add the noodles and stir well before serving. Should serve 2 people easily, maybe 3 if one isn’t too hungry!
This is a naturally gluten free dish. If you dislike rice noodles serve it over rice. Enjoy!