Saturday, May 26, 2012

Chicken and Bok Choy Stir Fry

Chicken and Bok Choy Stir Fry recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Saucy bites of chiken are tossed with crisply tender bok choy and a diced jalapeno in a flavorful soy sauce glaze. When I saw this recipe in the latest issue of Everyday Food, I immediately added Bok Choy to my grocery list. This was a hit with every member of the family. It's amazing how a great sauce will make even my pickier eaters devour every bite on their plates.

There was almost no heat from the jalapeno in this recipe, it simply added another layer of flavor to this dish. I am planning to use two peppers next time (and there will definitely be a next time) that I make this. I think that a bit of real heat would be a great addition to this dish.

Chicken and Bok Choy Stir Fry
recipe adapted from Everyday Food
(printable recipe)

1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts, diced into 1/2" pieces
1 rounded tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
6 cups sliced bok choy, about 1 head
1-2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar

In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, vinegar and brown sugar. Set aside. In a medium bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the arrowroot. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil and add the garlic and ginger. Saute just until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the chicken, toss in the garlic and ginger to coat. Spread the pieces across the bottom of the skillet. Sear the pieces and turn as needed. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and barely cooked through, about 6-7 minutes.

Add the bok choy and jalapeno and cook, tossing with tongs or stirring constantly for about a minute, just until the bok choy is wilted. Add the soy sauce mixture and toss well to coat. Cook for about 2 minutes, just until the sauce is thickened. Serve over rice if desired. Enjoy!

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  1. Mmm...I love Bok Choy and it's so good for you! How did I miss this recipe? Thought I scoured that magazine pretty good! I like this because I usually have all of this on hand and the sauce sounds awesome.

  2. I haven't had bok choy in a long it stir-fried with garlic and chilli peppers. Yours looks very tasty with chicken too.

  3. Great---I'm always looking for an excuse to buy that cute baby bok choy. It's so funny how hot peppers can surprise you. I've been cooking a lot with them lately and I don't know how to list the amounts because you never know how hot a hot pepper will be.

  4. Now I am adding bok Chou to my grocery list. GREG

  5. The sauce makes the meal in dishes like this! This looks like a great weeknight dinner.

  6. I agree sauce is very important factor for picky eaters. I know my son who belongs to this category would devour it! looks perfect!

  7. Looks delicious Mary. I have some chard that should work with this.

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  9. Hmm, this sounds like a perfect week night meal Mary! Love the veggie, meat, rice all in one plate. :-)

  10. Delicious!! And you know my love for stir frys... can't wait to try this one!

  11. Yum! I just bought some bok choy for a recipe with salmon. This sounds delightful. The jalapeno and ginger combination must be great. Thanks Mary!~

  12. Olie oil? If you try to stir fry at proper temperatures with olive oil, you'll get nothing but a smoky mess. This is a sautee, not a stir-fry.

    1. Works for me. It's a delicious saute then. :)