Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Clementine Tumeric Chicken, Teriyaki veges and Quinoa

Say it with me... Keen-Wah

2 large Chicken breasts chopped into cubes
5 or 6 clementines, peeled and separated
Scallions/Green Onions/Spring Onions, chopped up
A few Asparagus spears, chopped up
Bag of Mixed Veges (I used one that was Broccoli/Carrots/Cabbage)
Fresh Peas (handful?)
3/4 cup of uncooked Quinoa
2 cups Chicken Broth
a splash of Orange Juice
Pat of butter

Spices/Sauces needed:
Soy Sauce
Teriyaki sauce (or use more soy and a bit of honey if you don't have any teriyaki sauce)
Chopped Garlic
Ginger powder
Turmeric powder
black pepper
rooster sauce 
Soybean/Sesame/Stirfry oil (tablespoon or 2).

First prepare the Quinoa, how much you make is up to you, but the ratio is usually around twice as much liquid (water or chicken broth which I prefer) as dry Quinoa, bring to boil then lower and cover once its simmering. Add the pat of butter to the saucepan (or rice cooker) in the beginning, this will take about 15 min. Once its done fluff with a fork and add that handful of fresh peas.

Get the Wok or Frying pan really hot with only the oil in it. Add the chicken until its about halfway cooked, stirring constantly. Add a splash each of Soy Sauce, Teriyaki sauce, Orange Juice and chicken broth. Then a healthy shake of turmeric, ginger powder and black pepper. Next throw in a heaping tablespoon of chopped garlic and the scallions and a squirt of rooster sauce, stirring constantly, but the heat turned down to about 75%. Once you'd say the chicken is fully cooked, turn off the heat and throw in all the clementine slices, stirring them in. Strain out the meat, remove from heat and cover. The remaining juice, I usually whisk in a bit more teriyaki sauce (or honey) and a squirt of rooster sauce to make the orange sauce.

Rinse out the wok frying pan (not that well), then add some more oil. Turn heat back up and add the veges once its starting to sizzle, cook this in teriyaki sauce and garlic (with a squirt of rooster if you like them spicier). Total cooking time will be very short, maybe 2 or 3 minutes.
Variations: you could always add a LOT more ginger/turmeric and much less liquid if you want it more stir-fried and less "stewed" Or instead of orange juice, try coconut milk with the clementines (might want more clementines in that case) for a creamier sauce.

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