Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WW: Macanese Stir-Fried Chicken

Wok Wednesdays wokking through Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge
by Grace Young

The flavors of this stir-fry are a blend of Chinese and Portuguese cuisine, with influences from the Southeast Asian, European, and Indian regions, known as Macanese cuisine. And boy does it work.

This dish consists of chicken, garlic, cornstarch, soy sauce, dry sherry, sugar, coconut milk, chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, dark soy sauce, shallots, chouri├žo or chorizo (your choice), turmeric, sweet paprika, tomatoes, and salt.

I went with Spanish chorizo, which is dry cured, unlike chouri├žo, which is raw; and as for the paprika, this is one spice that has always eluded me. Not really sure what it does for a dish - other than making deviled eggs look pretty. It really does not have any noticeable flavor that I can detect. Apparently there are several different kinds of paprika. The one I used is just your standard plain paprika found in just about every grocery store. 

Absolutely loved this stir-fry!

Success meter (1-3): 3

You start out by stir-frying your chorizo and shallots, push them aside, add the chicken which has been combined with garlic, cornstarch, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and water, and let the chicken cook undisturbed for one minute.

Sprinkle on the spices and sir-fry for another minute or so.

Add the tomatoes and cook till they soften a bit. You then swirl in the broth mixture which consists of coconut milk, chicken broth, vinegar, dark soy sauce, rice wine and a bit of salt. 

Tadaah! A delicious stir-fry awaits you.
You will want to make some rice or have some bread on hand to soak up all the tasty sauce from the bottom of the bowl.

Yum. That was good..

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