Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Vegetarian Garlic and Soy Chicken

A really quick, delicious and different dish for you here. Great as a full meal or even as a smaller portion for a snack, this Garlic Chicken packs so much punch and crunch in flavour and texture, it'll make your tongue spin.

Serves 2
Cooking Time 25 Minutes
500g Chicken Breast (Quorn Pieces in this case!)
300g Noodles
3 Spring Onions
4 Garlic Cloves
Groundnut Oil (Vegetable Oil will work too)
2 Tablespoons of Cornflour (Plain Flour is a cheaper alternative)
2 Tablespoons of Chinese Rice Wine
2 Tablespoons of Dark Soy Sauce
Salt, Pepper and Sugar

Get your wok onto a high heat with the groundnut oil and slice your chicken up into tiny, even chunks, (about the size of your thumb). Fill a shallow bowl with the cornflour and season with salt and pepper. Toss your chicken in the flour so they're evenly (and thinly) coated around the outside. Boil a kettle and get a saucepan on a hob on a medium high heat.
Once these are all coated, and your oil is hot, add your chicken to the oil and fry for around 5 minutes. This shouldn't take long at all as the pieces are small and relatively thin. Once these are golden all over, remove from the pan and place on kitchen towel to drain off any excess oil.
Get the water from the kettle into that saucepan!

Chop your garlic and trim your spring onions. Remember my tip about garlic! Slice each clove in half first and leave to air, this gets rid of the strong "romance killer" effect! Get your pan back on the heat with all of the tiny bits of flour and oil, add a dash of oil to the wok along with the, soy sauce, rice wine, a pinch of sugar and your garlic and spring onions.

Pop your noodles into the saucepan. These should take just 5-6 minutes to cook thoroughly, so we're on our countdown 'til Chow Time now! Throw your drained, and warm, chicken back into the pan with the aromatic garlic and soy sauce and mix thoroughly. Once your noodles have cooked, drain these off, and stir with the chicken. Split this between the two of you (no stealing any extra
 bits though!) and enjoy!

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