Mongolian Chicken

Mongolian Chicken

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right…and me, stuck in the middle.  So a view, even a smallish, second-string view, that involves some greenery and the tiniest hint of openness, can be wondrous./divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"br //divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"That view is now all gloomy skies and waving branches, the air heavy with the promise/threat of rain…although any water has yet to show itself.  I am cozily ensconced inside, here in this my favorite spot, eating a snack of freshly baked bread from my favorite bakery, slathered with cream cheese and homemade mango jam made by my father.  Typing away at the keyboard.  Enjoying my view.  Thinking that in a short bit I’m going to get up and get started on a pot of chicken itinola/i, our local chicken soup infused with ginger and cooked with imalunggay/i (moringa) and chili leaves and unripe papaya.  If the pregnant skies fulfill their promise, then it will indeed be the perfect night for a hot bowl of itinola/i./divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"br //divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"And in these simple pleasures, I am happy and content.  And I realize, once again, among the many times I’ve had this realization, that it really takes so little to make us happy.  I hold on to this moment, filing it away for those times that may (will) come when I know I will doubt if it truly takes so little./divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"br //divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"This isn’t a recipe for chicken itinola/i.  That must wait until the day I manage to pin down specific quantities to a recipe that is mostly by feel.  So I’ll leave you with this.  Still very simple…in fact, it must take only 10 minutes to throw this together.  A little bit more exotic than chicken itinola/i, to be sure, (iexcept if you are not Filipino – then chicken tinola may seem, and rightfully so, exotic to you/i) but piled atop a generous bowl of steaming white rice, spoon in hand and looking out into the rain, this can be just as comforting./divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"br //divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"ibMongolian Chicken/b/i/divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"i(adapted from Mongolian Beef in a href="http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Chinese-Recipes-Family-Favorites/dp/0804841470/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358088324&sr=1-1&keywords=Easy+Chinese+Recipes+by+Bee+Yinn+Low"Easy Chinese Recipes/a by a href="http://rasamalaysia.com/"Bee Yinn Low/a)/i/divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"/divulli1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon soy sauce/lili1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce/lili1 teaspoon hoisin sauce/lili1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine/lili1 teaspoon cornstarch/lili1/2 teaspoon sesame oil/lili1 teaspoon sugar/lili1/4 teaspoon salt/lili3 dashes white pepper/lili300 grams boneless chicken thigh fillets, cut into pieces/lili1 1/2 tablespoons of oil/lili2 cloves garlic, minced/lili1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin pieces/lili3 young leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced diagonally /li/uldiv class="MsoNoSpacing"- Mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, Chinese rice wine, cornstarch, sesame oil, sugar, salt, and white pepper.  Add the chicken to this mixture and marinade for 15 minutes./divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"- Heat a wok or skillet over high heat.  Add about half of the oil.  Add the chicken with the marinade to the pan and stir-fry until the chicken is browned on all sides (iand the marinade thickens and coats the chicken/i).  Remove from pan and set aside./divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"- Heat the remaining oil in the pan, still over high heat.  Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry until aromatic.  Return the chicken to the wok and toss until chicken is cooked through.  Add the leeks and stir to combine.  Take off the heat and serve./divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"br //divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"Tip: If you want to add some more nutrition, add some peas (iI use frozen peas that have been quickly blanched/i) to the pan when you add the chicken back in.  /divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"br //divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"I adapted this recipe from Bee’s Mongolian Beef (iwhich I have also made…to great success/i). I love her cookbook and can’t say enough about it.  Although Chinese food is common over here, it is not something I can say I was ever fully confident enough to attempt in my own kitchen.  Bee’s book has held my hand and made me believe I could./divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"br //divdiv class="MsoNoSpacing"The pavement outside is now dark and slick, and the rain that has since started has stopped for a bit, but I still feel blustery weather coming.  As I listen to blittle C/b’s toy saxophone blowing somewhere in the apartment, followed by bbig C/b’s gruff chuckle, and the smell of ginger wafting through the air, I know I have all I need to weather any storm./div!--EndFragment--

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 dashes white pepper
  • 300 grams boneless chicken thigh fillets, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin pieces
  • 3 young leeks, white and light green parts only, sliced diagonally 
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