Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WW: Stir-Fried Chicken with Pineapple and Peppers

WokWednesdays wokking through Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge
by Grace young


When recipes call for green bell pepper, I always sub them out for red - I do not care for the taste of the green bell. Here we finally have a recipe calling for red and what do I do? Sub it out for yellow and.. not sure what type of pepper it is - reddish in color, maybe a yellow/red mix, that has the flavor of a green bell.  I wanted to use the lovely looking peppers that were given to my by a friend.

I was surprised at the amount of sugar in this recipe - four teaspoons! The recipes I have made so far in this book calling for sugar, is only one teaspoon or less. Surprisingly the dish was not overly sweet.

After marinating the chicken, you are to drain and reserve the marinade and add it back in at the end. This I forgot to do. Maybe that is why I did not get any sauce pooling on the plate as mentioned in the book; that after a few moments the sauce magically appears. (The first time I made this, there really wasn't any liquid to drain.)

This is the second time I made this dish and it was just as delicious as the first. Using red bell pepper (which I did use the first go-around), does make for a more colorful presentation, as you can see here, on Karen's Kitchen Stories - a favorite blog of mine.

A friend gave me these beautiful looking peppers (along with some delicious green beans and pears! Thank you Kelley!!) from her huge CSA box. Perfect timing - all I had to buy was the pineapple and chicken - I had everything else.

Normally chicken is marinated in a mixture using egg white. In this particular recipe, an egg yolk is called for. The reason being, Amy Yip, who taught Grace this recipe, was trying to help her son gain weight. Did you know there is only 16 calories, and 0g fat in an egg white, and an egg yolk has 54 calories, and 5g fat? (source)

 Mise en place. 

Bowl 1: Chicken, cornstarch, egg yolk, sugar, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and salt.

Bowl 2: Pineapple, bell pepper, and scallions.

Bowl 3: Sugar and salt.

The chicken is left undisturbed until it is nicely seared. 

Can I blame pour lighting for the blurry picture? The chicken seared nicely, even though I forgot to drain the marinade.

It is getting dark earlier these days - hence the low light photos.

You will want to use red bell peppers as called for in the recipe to make this dish really stand out visually. I wish I had taken a photo when I made this previously using the red bells. But never would I have thought I would sub out the red for something else.

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  1. Well, even if you aren't happy with the "look" of your dish, those peppers from your friend are so gorgeous. I love your step-by-step photos! And thanks so much for the kind mention =)

  2. I love stir fry so much, but I haven't made on in so long! I think this one will help me to cook stir fry again. I will now save this and make this when I have an extra time.

    Easy Stir Fry


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