Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

Inspired by a recipe called Marc’s cashew chicken, I made a stir fry using very Asian seasonings and ingredients. Well, except for the almonds. I would have used cashew or pili nuts but I had none in the pantry so I used the only nuts I had — slivered almonds that I had intended to use to bake cookies. I’ll just have to replenish them when I’m ready to bake my almond cookies.

Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

This was today’s lunch. Preparation time was 15 minutes. Cooking time was 10 minutes. As with most stir fried dishes, this dish goes well with hot rice.

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-size pieces
    4 tbsps. of light soy sauce
    4 tbsps. of oyster sauce
    1 onion, sliced
    3 cloves of garlic, chopped
    2 chilis (labuyo), chopped
    2 c. of cut string beans (sitaw), about 2 inches in length, pre-cooked in boiling water for five minutes then rinsed and drained
    6 to 8 shiitake mushrooms (if using dried, pre-soak in warm water for about 20 minutes), stalks discarded and caps sliced thickly
    1/2 c. of slivered almonds, roasted in an oil-free pan until lightly browned
    1/4 c. of cooking oil

Instructions

  1. Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

    Place the chicken in a bowl, add the oyster and soy sauces, mix and leave to marinade.

    Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

    Meanwhile, prepare the rest of the ingredients. Slice the mushrooms caps.

    Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

    Blanch the string beans.

    Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

    Heat the oil until smoking. Cook the chicken until the edges start to form a crust. Scoop out the chicken and transfer to a bowl.

    Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

    Pour off the oil until only about two tablespoonfuls remain. Reheat the oil and saute the onion, garlic and chilis for about 30 seconds. Add the sliced mushroom caps to the pan and stir fry for another 30 seconds.

    Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

    Add the cooked chicken and string beans. Season with salt and a little sugar. Stir fry for about a minute or until the string beans and chicken are heated through.

    Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

    Add the toasted almonds. Stir fry for another 30 seconds and turn off the heat.

    Stir fried chicken, almonds and skiitake mushrooms

    Serve at once. Best with steaming hot rice.

Cooking time (duration): 30 minutes

Number of servings (yield): 4

  • http://loribel_pambid@yahoo.com lorie

    wow,that is easy i will try it thats our lunch tomorrow i have all the ingredients except the almonds what i have in my pantry is cashew nuts but i have to try to cook ur recipe using the cahew nuts…tnx

  • http://www.californiariceoil.com Ellen

    You might want to give Rice Oil a try for stir-frying because the smoke point is 490 and it is healthier than veg oil!!

  • http://none Crisma

    Hmmm, parang ngayon pa lang I can smell the good aroma ng dish na ito— this is something so easy to do again,and I have the ingredients except the shiitake mushrooms. Thanks again, Connie!

  • Nikita

    Just wondering – what do you do with “discarded” shitake mushroom stalks? Can’t this be added to the dish instead of throwing away?

    • http://www.homecookingrocks.com Connie

      It can be added when making broth. For eating, medyo matigas eh. Fibrous.

  • asean

    i steam the string beans instead of boiling it.

  • jean

    wow! i so love this dish, easy to cook! :) we had this for lunch today (for the 2nd time already). thanks for this delicious recipe. keep up the yummylicious food you cook!

  • Mushrooms Canada

    What a simple recipe! This would also taste good with a mixture of oyster and shiitake mushrooms. Thanks for sharing!
    - Brittany