Friday, July 1, 2011

Herbed Chicken, or "Janet Chicken"

Herbed chicken - or "Janet chicken," after my childhood friend's mom who first introduced me to this recipe - is a super-delicious and super-simple recipe. You will need the following ingredients:

-1Tbsp veg oil
-1-1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
-1lb chicken breast
-1 garlic clove
-1/2tsp salt
-1/2tsp dried basil
-1/4tsp pepper
-2 cups chopped tomatoes
-1/2 cups chopped onions

So, you're going to want to start with cutting up your chicken breast into approximately 1-inch chunks. Making them exactly identical in size is not important as this dish can be cooked long enough so that all the pieces get sufficiently cooked.

Heat up your 1 Tablespoon of oil in a wok and cook the chicken until the outsides are white - don't cook it all the way through yet! Just until it looks something like this:

Next you'll want to rinse your produce, obviously. I mention that in this particular recipe because I believe it is the first recipe I have posted that uses mushrooms and mushrooms are tricky. When you buy mushrooms at the store, do not rinse them until you're just about ready to use them because they're extremely absorbent. Just rinse them lightly, check for dirt and pat them dry with a towel.

Rinse all your other produce the way you're used to doing it!

Okay, so next you'll want to chop up your mushrooms, tomatoes and onions. You can use a fresh clove of garlic if you want, but I find that to be such a nuisance that I much, much, much prefer to use the jarred kind.
Once your chicken looks like the above picture, add these vegetables to your wok and stir it up. As all of this is cooking, cook your pasta. The original recipe calls for 4 cups of cooked pasta, which is 8oz uncooked. In any case, I never measure because I just serve the mixture over the pasta rather than combining it all together.

Next, add the salt, basil and pepper. Mix the ingredients well. Cook all ingredients on a medium-ish temperature until it looks like this:

Before you decide your meal is ready, remove the largest piece of chicken you can find and ensure it is cooked all the way through. Once you have done that, you can either stir in the pasta or serve it over pasta.



Boring version of recipe instructions:

Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch chunks. Cook in oil until outside is white. Combine all ingredients with chicken and stir fry. Add pasta, or serve over pasta.


erin said...

yum, stir fry is one of my fave things to make (minus tomatoes obviously)!!

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