A Wok in the Park

Parent University

Episode #11

Parent University: A Wok in the Park

Learning how to stir fry can make weekday meals simple and easy. It’s a healthy, fast and endlessly creative way to create a meal.

Sweet and Sour Chicken   print

Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients

Sauce
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried ground ginger
1/2 cup ketchup
Garlic powder, a pinch
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons cornstarch

Chicken and Vegetables
4 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
1 cup celery, sliced
1 cup Chinese cabbage (or regular cabbage), chopped
1 medium onion, sliced
1 -2 ups carrot, shredded or cut into small pieces
1 red, yellow or green pepper, diced
1 pound white or dark chicken, cut into strips or diced
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or 1/4 teaspoon dried ginger) *
1 clove garlic, minced *

Directions

Sauce
Place all of the sauce ingredients, except cornstarch, in a wok. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, remembering to stir occasionally. Remove two tablespoons of the simmering liquid and add it to the cornstarch and stir. (This mixture is called a slurry and will help thicken the sauce. Stir the slurry back into the wok and simmer a few minutes  before removing thickened sauce to a bowl.

Chicken and Vegetables
Have all ingredients prepared and in place, ready to start the cooking.

In a deep skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons peanut oil over high heat. Add the vegetables and stir fry quickly, until onion is translucent and all vegetables are cooked through. Remove stir fried ingredients to a bowl.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons peanut oil to wok and add chicken; stir fry until not pink and juices run clear, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Add vegetables back to the wok, along with sauce, and simmer until all ingredients are heated through, 3 to 5 minutes.

Serve over hot cooked rice or noodles.

*Note:
You can use any combination of vegetables that you like. The ones in this recipe are just suggestions to get your stir fry adventure started!

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