Chinese food must be one of the first food that pops in our mind when we are hungry and considering what are we going to eat today. It has effortlessly integrated itself into our daily lives, probably due to the fact that it takes the least amount of time to un-hungry you.
Even when dropping by a Chinese restaurant for a fix, you will probably get your food in a matter of minutes. With all the ingredients chopped and prepared in advance, it only takes a couple of minutes in the wok for the food to be served and brought to you.
Having said that, it is very unusual that this type of cooking hasn’t been super common in everyone’s kitchen as well. With today’s need for efficiency and speed, and with so many pros for home-cooked meals, Chinese could be the key to solve it.
It takes a bunch of ingredients, which can be somewhat troublesome. Yet, if you stock your pantry with several basic ingredients for these recipes, you are good to go. Even if you don’t have all the ingredients you might need to follow the recipe thoroughly, the good news is, you don’t have to. Missing the ingredient? No one cares or will notice because every Chinese dish has so many different tastes, one will effortlessly go unnoticed.
If you adopt some Chinese tricks in your kitchen, you don’t have to think about “what to order today” anymore. Almost all Chinese dishes take minutes if we take stews or soups out of the picture, leaving you happy to do anything else rather then waste money or time on preparing a home-cooked meal.
So why not help reduce the struggle and ease you into it with three awesome recipes to get you started?
Sweet Chili and Orange chicken
Another important aspect of Chinese cuisine is the specific mixture of different flavours that tastes like a fiesta for your palate. Whenever trying out a new dish, it is not too much to say that you never know what you will get. Will it be sweet, or sour? Or maybe both at the same time?
Here is our first dish that is bound to give your palate a reason to celebrate. A bit on the sweet side, but with the touch of orange, this chicken is very unlikely to be a one-time thing or go unnoticed. The good news is that the preparation itself will go unnoticed, as there is fewer chopping to do when compared to the previous recipe!
First, let’s get the chopping out of the way. You want to cut 1 pound of boneless and skinless chicken breasts into smaller cubes. While you are at it, mince some fresh basil, as we will need it later. In the meantime, you can set up the rice to cook!
Next, use a quarter tablespoon of salt and pepper to give a bit of extra flavour to the chicken, and then put it into the pan. Stir-fry the chicken on butter over medium-high heat, until it goes white. This part will take no longer than ten minutes. Once the chicken is ready, remove it from the pan. Make sure to keep it warm, because you will need it again in a couple of minutes.
In a skillet, add three-quarters of a cup of sweet chilli sauce, and a third of a cup of orange juice concentrate. You want to stir while cooking until the sauce is heated through. Once that is done, stir in the chicken.
There you have it! Chicken in an interesting sauce done in about twenty minutes. Sprinkle with basil and serve it with the rice you prepared earlier. Perfect for those quick meals when you want to eat something tasty!
Kung Pao Chicken
The Kung Pao Chicken, undoubtedly one of the most ordered takeouts is everyone’s true favourite, so while we are at it, we intend to incorporate something familiar. Also, there are great chances you might already be addicted to it, so we want to truly help you get your fix while saving money and having fun cooking.
You can get this dish ready in about 15 minutes, so it is perfect for those quick meals you don’t have time to cook for several hours. It has three different processes, but each of them is fairly simple. Though, we have to warn you, chopping things up can require some patience.
First, you want to chop two boneless and skinless chicken breasts into cubes. The smaller, the better, as they will cook easier. Then, you have to marinate them. For the marinade, use 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, the same amount of Chinese rice wine, and one teaspoon of sesame oil. Marinate chicken cubes in it for about 25 minutes.
Next, prepare the vegetables. You need to chop up 2 cloves of garlic, two green or spring onions, and 8 small dried red chilli peppers. Don’t forget to remove the seeds!
The sauce is the next step since the chicken is probably still marinating. For the sauce, you need 2 tablespoons of dark soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of Chinese rice wine and a teaspoon of sugar.
From here, everything is fairly easy. Heat the wok, and add a bit of oil to it. Drop the chicken in the wok and prepare it until it whitens. You don’t have to fully prepare it, just make sure each cube is white. Once that happens, remove the chicken from the wok, and replace the oil. Replace the chicken with the vegetables you chopped, and simmer for about 30 seconds.
Time to wrap it up! Add the sauce you prepared to the vegetables, and bring them to boil. Put the chicken back to the pan, and add half the cup of peanuts. Remove from heat, and stir in some sesame oil. Your Kung Pao chicken is ready! Prepare your chopsticks!
Green Pepper Steak
Green Pepper Steak is another simple, yet very effective dish you can put on the table. It brings joy to your tastebuds and your experience with Chinese food to a whole new level.
Unlike the previous recipe, this one requires less time and fewer ingredients. Chopping, unfortunately, is unavoidable here as well and might take most of your time to have everything chopped up.
First, you should go ahead and cut 1 pound of beef top sirloin steak. It works best if you cut it into thin strips. Next, you should chop up 2 small onions into thin wedges. Cut 1 medium green pepper into inch wide pieces, diagonally slice 2 celery ribs, and cut two medium tomatoes into wedges.
From here, the hard work is done, and you can go ahead and actually prepare the dish. It will be ready in about 10 minutes!
Again, you want to cook the meat separately from vegetables, so that it doesn’t lose the original taste. Put the meat in the pan with about a tablespoon of oil on medium heat. It will take about 3 minutes to brown properly, and then you should take it out from the pan.
Next, stir-fry onions, celery and pepper in the same oil for about 3 minutes. Add in the mixture of a quarter cup soy sauce, another quarter of water, and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Bring everything to a boil, and then cook and stir until it is thick and start to shape bubbles. This could take an additional one or two minutes. Put in the tomatoes and beef, and heat through.
Voila! Your perfect green pepper steak is perfectly ready and on the table! We do recommend serving it with some hot boiled rice and to eat it with chopsticks!