Prep time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 20-25 mins
I made this recipe (not pictured) when my in-laws were visiting last weekend. It served nine of us – four adults, five children. And I even had some leftovers.
There’s no story behind it. It’s something that my mom used to make regularly when I was growing up. I loved it as a kid; I love it even more now. It’s packed with good vegetables, which I didn’t appreciate as a kid. My kids have never complained about eating it. It always goes down well. I consider it one of my ‘no-brainer’ dishes when and if we’re in the mood for chicken. The cooking process is short; the prep takes some time and consideration, simply because the quantity of vegetables that need cutting.
- 4 chicken breasts
- 1 cup ketchup
- 8 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp salt
- 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 4 tbsp white/caster sugar
- 3 tsp sesame oil
- 1 cup chicken broth
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 2 red (bell) peppers (cut into chunks)
- 1 large brown onion (diced)
- a thumb-size piece of ginger (finely chopped)
- 2-3 cloves of garlic (sliced – not too fine, or it will burn)
- 2 large carrots (thinly chopped)
- 1-2 cups snow peas
- cashews for garnish
- toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- cooking oil
- Start with the sauce and set aside. Mix together all the ingredients in whatever order you like!
- Wash and chop all the vegetables, making two separate piles: one for garlic, ginger, and onion; the other with the remaining vegetables.
- Cut the chicken to your liking.
- Place chicken in a ziplock bag.
- Add a little bit of salt, a couple teaspoons of white sugar, and enough cornstarch to lightly coat. Shake well.
- Meanwhile…heat up a large frying pan or wok on high heat with some cooking oil.
- Add chicken, cook for 1-2 minutes until browned on the outside.
- Add garlic, ginger, and onion. Sauté for a few minutes.
- Add everything but the snow peas. Cook until translucent with still a little crunchy.
- Add the sauce and snow peas. Simmer for a good 10-15 minutes.
- Enjoy over some rice or noodles. Garnish with cashews and toasted sesame seeds.