Friday, February 7, 2014

Asian Persuasian

Cooking is one of my absolute favorite hobbies, besides blogging of course! It's always interested me how a few ingredients can turn into the most flavorful of dishes.

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen either trying new recipes or, most often, whipping something up out of the stuff I've got. To see it all come together, and have it be a success, there's nothing better. I'll never be a New Yorker, I don't keep sweaters in my oven. And you know what? I'm okay with it. 

As I mentioned before most of the time I just wing it in the kitchen. I've made some delicious things only to never be able to recreate them because I don't ever measure things out or write stuff down. Last Tuesday night, however, I changed that. 

I came home needing to make dinner and didn't have a whole lot to choose from. As usual, I went on a whim but ended up with a mock stir-fry that was absolutely delicious. I wrote it out as soon as I started eating and today I'm sharing it with you. 



I came home needing to make dinner and didn't have a whole lot to choose from. As usual, I went on a whim but ended up with a mock stir-fry that was absolutely delicious. I wrote it out as soon as I started eating and today I'm sharing it with you. 


8 oz. chicken breast, cubed (basically 2 medium sized breasts)
1/2 c. brown rice
1/4 c. sugar snap peas
1/4 c. broccoli florets
1 small can pineapple and water chestnuts in pineapple juice (if you can't find this use 1/4 cup water chestnuts and a 1/4 c. pineapple chunks)
2 Tbsp. Teriyaki sauce
1/2 tsp. rice vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic (I used powder, feel free to use minced)
2 sprinkles chili powder (optional, add more for extra spice)


In small bowl mix together vinegar, Teriyaki sauce,  seasonings and juice from pineapple. Set aside.

Add olive oil to pan and keep over medium heat. Add chicken to pan. Stir in about 1 tsp. additional Teriyaki sauce just to give chicken flavor. 

When chicken is about halfway cooked, add in rice, peas and broccoli. Pour in sauce mixture. Mix together, raise heat to medium-high and cook for ~2 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking to pan.

Add in pineapple and water chestnuts, mix. Cook an additional 2 minutes. 

Sprinkle with a pinch of Panko breadcrumbs and serve.

And because this was incredibly spontaneous, this is the sole picture of my creation.


3 comments :

  1. That does look pretty nice. I'm not that great a cook myself. I tend to stick with what I know, and my cooker is on it's last legs as it is. Maybe some other time I'll get a bit more experimental in the kitchen.

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  2. Haha to MeghanSara above!

    That does look good, I don't like to cook though. I'm more likely to eat a yucky frozen dinner than attempt to cook.

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  3. That looks delicious! I have no idea how you and others can just "wing it" in the kitchen- I NEED the recipe or I get completely stressed out!

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