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Chinese Chicken & Cucumber Stir Fry

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Linda Anusasananan, Level 7
Linda Anusasananan
This tasty chicken dish is perfect for a quick meal - it's easy to prepare and ready to eat in less than 30 minutes. The recipe includes a flavorful mix of soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and chicken, stir-fried with cucumber and chiles. In this Grokker Premium video learn from noted chef and author Linda Lau Anusasananan how to prepare this dish from her friend Fah Liong, a Hakka from Indonesia. The Hakka are known as the nomads of China.

Cooking Recipe

8 ounces boned and skinned chicken breasts
1 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp soy sauce
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp vegetable oil

1/3 cup water
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1½ tsp cornstarch
1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground white pepper

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 large cucumber (about 12 oz.)
1 small fresh Fresno or jalapeño chile (preferably red)
3 tbsp thinly slivered fresh ginger
2 tbsp minced garlic
1/3 cup water

Make sure you have: 14 inch Wok or a 12 inch frying pan

For the chicken:
1. Cut the chicken into thin strips 1/4-inch thick, about 2 inches long and 1/2-inches wide. In a bowl, mix the chicken with, cornstarch, soy sauce, white pepper, oil, and set aside.

For the sauce:
1. In a small bowl, mix water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch, salt, and white pepper. Make sure to stir until the cornstarch is dissolved completely

For the stir-fry:
1. Peel down the length of the cucumber, leaving about a 1/2-inch strip of green peel alongside each peeled strip for a striped effect. Cut the ends off and cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out and discard seeds. Cut each half in half lengthwise. Cut each quarter diagonally in 1/2-inch thick slices. Cut the chile in half lengthwise. For less heat, scrape out all or some of the seeds and thinly slice them crosswise.

2. Set a 14-inch wok or 12-inch frying pan over high heat. When the pan is hot, add oil and rotate the pan to spread oil. Add chicken, ginger, and garlic; stir-fry until the chicken begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cucumbers. Add water, stir often until cucumber is barely tender to bite but still retains some crunch, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in chile. Stir the sauce mixture and add to pan. Stir-fry until the sauce boils, about 30 seconds. Transfer to serving dish.


Chinese Chicken Stir Fry
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