Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday Treats: Taste the Heat: Jalapeno Chinese Chicken {Pinterest Inspired}

I don't know what it is about packing, but I always wonder why I ever bought all the "stuff". I suppose at the time it seems like a good thing and perhaps even useful...but, when you're downsizing, the only thing you can think is, "Why?!?!". Ah...becoming a college student once more has its benefits and negatives :D

I'm going to have a roomate, and one of the deals was I had to get groceries/cook. I think this will force me to quit living like a bachelor[ette] all the time eating cereal and chocolate milk--to making nutritious, full meals {a lot more often than I did the last year :D}.

A dish that I recently tried, Jalapeno Chinese Chicken will definitely be on rotation.

Jalapeno Chinese Chicken
Pinterest Inspired

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
1/4 cup cornstarch
4 cups vegetable oil
2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp chopped garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp rice wine {have also used regular vinegar}
2 tsp soy sauce
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced {I put in 4-6 depending on how much heat I want that day :D}
2 Tblsp sugar

1. In a seal-able plastic bag, combine the chicken pieces and cornstarch. Shake until the chicken is coated and then let rest for about 5 minutes.

2. Heat the 4 cups of oil in a deep fryer or deep pot until 375 degrees. Drop chicken in batches until all of it has been cooked. Drain on paper towel.

3. In a wok, or large skillet, heat the sesame oil and then add the garlic and jalapenos and fry for 1 minute. Add the rice wine/vinegar and soy sauce and let cook for another minute. Add sugar and cook till thickened.

4. Enjoy on a bed of rice, or just eat as is {I do!}.

Now, the first time I made this, I did not have very much liquid at all and saw no need to put the sugar in. However, the sugar helps to thicken as well as even out the heat from the jalapenos, so I added about 1/4--1/2 cup water/soy sauce mixture before adding the sugar. Worked for me :D As always when cooking, I say go by what you see, taste, and smell. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. A recipe is just a base for you to jumpstart your creativity!

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