Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir fry was one of the very first things I learned how to cook in my college apartment. I was hesitant to cook meat at first so I used pre-cooked chicken, making this a great gateway recipe for beginners! I’ve since upgraded my stir fry with homemade teriyaki sauce and crunchy sesame seeds.

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I served this recipe at Disney Dinners: Mulan and it was such a hit that guests had second helpings. That’s the best compliment you can give a hostess! It’s such an easy thing to serve at a party because your starch, vegetables, and protein are all in one bowl, making clean up a snap. Stir fry is also an inexpensive way to feed a crowd. I can’t believe I ever stopped making it!

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This is easy entertaining at its finest and is truly one of the simplest dinners you can make. Give it a whirl and see for yourself! Also, don’t be intimidated by the ingredients. I found everything for this including Mirin for teriyaki sauce in the Asian aisle of my local grocery store. No trip to a specialty store is necessary!

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Chicken and bell pepper – notice the nice golden color to the chicken
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Veggies in next!
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Deglaze with teriyaki sauce
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Add the noodles and mix it up!
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Pour into serving bowl
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Top with sesame seeds and green onions

You really want to make sure your chicken has a nice golden color before adding the other ingredients. The broccoli and snow peas cook for hardly any time at all. If you’re not a noodle fan, feel free to sub out rice. From the start of the chicken to the first bite, this is probably ten minutes. No more than fifteen!

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Not: I doubled this recipe for Mulan and cooked two pans of stir fry so as to not overcrowd and steam the food.

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Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry
1/2 bag Udon noodles
1 Tbsp vegetable oil 
1-1.5 lbs chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces 
1 red bell pepper, cut into piece
1 broccoli crown, cut into florets
1/2 bag snow peas
3-4 green onions
Sesame seeds
Homemade teriyaki sauce, recipe follows

  1. Make teriyaki sauce. Let cool on the stove while you make stir fry.
  2. Cook udon noodles according to package directions (typically 3-4 minutes in boiling water). Drain, rinse with cold water, and set aside until ready to use.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a large wok or skillet. Add chicken and cook over medium heat for 2-4 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes or until cook through a nice brown color on each side.
  4. Add red bell pepper. Cook for a minute or two.
  5. Add broccoli and snow peas. Cook for just a minute. Turn down that to low and add teriyaki sauce sauce and noodles. Stir just until coated.
  6. Serve with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.
Teriyaki Sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 Mirin (found in the Asian section of the supermarket)
1/4 cup sake or white wine
Optional: 1 tsp chopped ginger, 1 tsp chopped garlic
  1. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool. Use immediately or keep in the fridge until ready to use.

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