Friday, April 24, 2009

Mandarin Chicken

Last Friday I made this quick and easy dish for dinner. It was easy to make and was really tasty. My husband loved it and so did my toddler. It was the perfect meal to end a crazy week. I found the recipe on Real Mom Kitchen's blog.

Mandarin Chicken

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon of garlic powder

Mandarin Sauce-
2/3 cup sugar
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh garlic (minced)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger (minced)
¼ cup water
4 teaspoons cornstarch

Pound chicken breasts with a mallet to an even thickness and season both sides with sugar, salt, and garlic powder. Grill chicken 4-6 minutes on each side or until no longer pink inside (I just used my George Forman grill). Remove from grill and cut into bit sized strips. Set aside.

In a bowl combine sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic and ginger. Pour into a wok or sauce pan. Heat the mixture until almost at a boil. Combine cornstarch and water. Once the sauce starts to boil add the cornstarch mixture and stir until thickened.
Add grilled chicken to the wok and coat with the sauce. Simmer until heated thoroughly (see note). I served it over cooked rice.

***Note*** I found that I actually had to water the sauce down quite a bit to get it just the way I wanted it to taste and also to thin it out for consistency. I also think that this recipe is as good as the soy sauce you use. So if you can, use a good quality soy sauce.


Barbara Bakes said...

What a great, easy and I'm sure delicious meal!

Laura said...

Hey, it's Laura from Real Mom Kitchen. I got your question about the eclairs. I just use a wooden spoon to "beat the egg in". You are just mixing it in, but you do need to use a little more force than regular stirring. Hope that makes sense. It is easy enough to do by hand. I do think I have seen Martha Stewart use a hand mixer for that part, but I've alway just done it by hand.

Melanie said...

I got your comment on the lemon cake - I'm glad I'm not the only one who craves it!! Sadly I crave way to many things (which is entirely the reason my baby weight is still hangin' around!).