I’m always amazed at how quickly dinner comes together when it’s a stir-fry night, especially with some key condiments on hand. Our three-year-old daughter frequently requests “pink rice” for dinner (rice with soy sauce on it), and I don’t mind accommodating her because it usually means a quick and easy dinner -my favorite kind of meal! Chicken with Garlic Sauce Stir-Fry is no exception. To be clear this isn’t authentic Chinese chicken and garlic sauce, but it’s stir-fried chicken in a yummy garlicky brown sauce that tastes better or on par with most garlic sauces at Chinese restaurants in the States. When you see how quickly it comes together with such few ingredients, you might rethink take-out altogether, especially when making your own is infinitely cheaper and healthier than take-out.
There’s really only one key step for stir-fry: you must prep all the ingredients before cooking. Cooking is a quick dump, stir, repeat situation so it’s imperative that everything is ready to dump come cooking time. Start the rice, prep the ingredients, and then cook. If the planets align and there are no interruptions, the stir-fry should be ready by the time the rice is complete, or much earlier if you’re a ninja with your knife skills. You can also prep the ingredients ahead of time and stir-fry minutes before serving. This stir-fry is also fairly forgiving and reheats well.
One thing you don’t need for stir-frying is a wok. Much like a cast iron pan, a wok picks up some flavor with each additional use. Do you love the smoky, charred flavor of take-out beef lo mein? Sorry to burst your bubble but you’re not going to get that same flavor at home unless you have a much-used, well-seasoned wok. Though I recommend purchasing a wok, using it frequently, and maybe even passing it on to your children so that they can make well-seasoned beef lo mein at home, most stir-fries in my repertoire are made with a good old nonstick frying pan, just make sure your pan is large enough and wide enough to fry with ease. Chicken with Garlic Sauce Stir-Fry has such a lovely pronounced flavor that you won’t miss the extra seasoning from a much-used and loved wok.