Thursday, October 30, 2008

Garlic Chicken

Garlic Chicken is a Thai specialty. I got this recipe from Wok Cuisine book. For this recipe, ten cloves of garlic may sound a lot, but you'll be surprised by the mellow flavor of this dish. For an easy option, try using bottled minced garlic instead of the whole cloves of garlic. Bottled garlic gives great flavor and requires no peeling and mincing. By the way, I didn't add green onions or leek since I ran out of it at that time of my cooking. Also, I didn't slice the water chestnuts.

4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (12 ounce total)
1/2 cup water
2 tbsps soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tbsp rice wine or dry white wine
1/2 tsp instant chicken bouillon granules
1 tbsp cooking oil
10 cloves garlic, minced (1 tbsp)
6 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
1 medium leek, thinly sliced (1/2 cup) or 4 green onions, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)
1/2 of an 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts, drained
3 cups hot cooked rice
*Rinse chicken; pat dry. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces. For sauce, in a small bowl stir together the water, soy sauce, cornstarch, wine and chicken bouillon granules. Set aside.

*Pour cooking oil into a wok or 10-inch skillet. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Preheat over medium-high heat. Stir-fry garlic in hot oil for 15 seconds. Add mushrooms and leek or green onions. Stir-fry about 1 minute or till vegetables are tender. Remove the vegetables from the wok. Add the chicken to the hot wok. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or till no pink remains. Push the chicken from the center of the wok. Stir sauce. Add the sauce to the center of the wok. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.

*Return the vegetables to the wok. Add water chestnuts. Stir all ingredients together to coat with sauce. Cook and stir about 1 minute more or till heated through. Serve immediately over hot cooked rice. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 393 calories, 26 g protein, 55 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat (1 g saturated), 54 mg cholesterol, 687 mg sodium, 452 mg potassium.

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