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Friday, June 28, 2013

Dinner Experiment - Day 2

I was encouraged by Tuesday's meal so I was totally gung-ho for Wednesday's.  I decided upon Stir Fry.  Yeah, I know that's another normal meal to most people, but that's what I was aiming for.  It's something I've never actually made myself and my family is happy to eat at a hibachi restaurant.  So...

I called up my sister-in-law to see how she makes hers.  I tasted a bite of it once and enjoyed it.  She used different vegetables than I like, so I did just a bit of altering.

The Process-
Cut into bite sized pieces:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 of a zucchini
1/2 of a large, sweet onion
1 C mushrooms

Steam 1C white rice according to package directions.

In a large skillet, add 1-2 turns around the pan of olive oil.  Add chicken with a few dashes of soy sauce.  Cook about halfway through; add the vegetables.  Continue cooking, adding more soy sauce, if desired.

When rice is finished, heat a skillet on high heat, adding 1-2 turns of olive oil.  Add cooked rice and as much soy sauce as you like.  Slightly brown the rice, making it a little crispy.

Add the fried rice to the meat and vegetable mixture.  Serve immediately.

The Verdict:  A Winner!

Here is what I did wrong.  I started the chicken and veggies before the rice.  I ended up having to wait on the rice, which made my veggies overcook.  They were very soft and lost the slight crunch I desired.  I tasted them 10 minutes before the rice was done and they were perfect.  This is why I put in the recipe to start the rice first, then the chicken.  I started the chicken and veggies at the same time, which isn't the best idea.  Also, my chicken breasts were quite large and I ended up with too much meat (for us).

My kids pretty much picked out the rice only, but I'm sure a couple veggies slipped through unnoticed.  They each had to try the chicken and the veggies.  One of them said they kind of liked the chicken.  Just a little.  I'll take it as a victory!

I forgot to take a photo until we were done.  This was all that was left in the pan.

I added extra soy sauce at the table.  I would love to have a bottle of that ginger sauce they give you at the Japanese steakhouses!  Oh, and that ginger salad dressing!  And the onion soup!  OK, I'm not Japanese, but I did my best!!!


Stephanie said...

Stir Fry is always a hit in our house, the best part, you can just throw in what ever veggies you have around!

The Lovely One said...

I love stir fry! Beef and Broccoli over white rice is always a hit at our house!