Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wok Wednesdays | Chinese Indian Chicken Manchurian

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

How many favorites can one have? When asked what is my favorite stir-fry, it is impossible to say.

Mise en place.

Bowl 1: Onion, chili pepper, garlic, ginger
Bowl 2: Chicken, egg white, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, water, salt, vegetable oil
Bowl 3: Chicken broth, soy sauce
Bowl 4: Cilantro
Bowl 5: Scallion

Grace mentions in the book that the Indian influence in this dish comes from the spicy hotness of the stir-fry, and being saucy, much like a curry.

It just amazes me every time, in these recipes, how tender chicken is after such a short time marinating; and it's not marinated in a typical salty concoction. Here the chicken is mixed with some egg white, cornstarch, garlic, ginger, water, salt and vegetable oil; it then has a short thirty minute rest in the fridge. Truly amazing.

As with most cooking, the aromatics are stir-fried first, then they are pushed to the side of the wok; the meat is added and allowed to sear before stir-frying until browned all over, at which time the broth mixture and cilantro are added and given a quick toss, and once the sauce has thickened slightly, the scallions are added, and the most delicious stir-fry is ready to be served.

I served this alongside the cabbage and bacon stir-fry, from my last WW post. My husband nonchalantly stated that I could make both of these dishes again... if I wanted to.

As mentioned above, this is one of the saucier stir-fries in the book, so you will want to make some rice to go along with it, to soak up all the deliciousness. 

We are asked not to post the recipes here on our blog. If you would like the recipe, you will find it on page 142, of  Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge, which you can purchase at your local bookstore or find it at your local library. I highly recommend purchasing the book - you won't be disappointed.  

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  1. It looks amazing! You got such a nice char of your chicken too!

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  3. This is really looking amazing. I am gonna try this recipe soon for my son who love chicken Manchurian. Hope it will came out good. I am not a good cook so I take help from cooking videos to make something special. Thanks for your great share here.

    1. Thank you, Cris. Grace Young, the author of Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge, where this recipe is from, has classes on Craftsy dot com. I hear they are wonderful. She is a joy to watch.


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