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The tender bites of chicken, salty bacon, and crispy peppers are blended in a fantastic sweet and spicy sauce to make our all time favorite chicken stir fry.
Just a little bacon adds a great deal of flavor to this meal. It hardly requires any additional work and the unexpected salty bites are irresistible.
For several years now, this spicy chicken stir fry has been Sean's dinner to prepare when he's in charge of the kitchen. Sean was the first to make this recipe when I found it in an issue of Everyday Food.
When Sean offered to make dinner one night several years ago, I handed him the recipe from the magazine.
"The best Chinese food I have ever made" was my children's verdict the first time we made this recipe.
We've made the recipe countless times since then, tweaking it slightly and making changes here and there to make it even better. Every time, we all clean our dishes and even step back for seconds.
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I think the reason this has been a favorite from day one is the BACON. There are few recipes that aren't made even better by adding a little bacon.
The hot sauce in this recipe is a simple mix of soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger, and chili paste.
The sauce in this recipe alone would be delicious at almost any time for sautéed meat and vegetables. It only takes a couple more minutes than using a store-bought sauce and offers more TONS of flavor.
This is a very simple stir fry with outstanding results. It's been making regular appearances on our dinner menu ever since and when I did this stir fry again last week, I decided it was time to update the photos.
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How to skip
- The key to stress-free stir fry recipes is to prepare everything ahead of time. Make sure all ingredients are lined up next to the stove before lighting the fire.
- Most of the preparation time for this recipe is spent slicing and dicing the meat and vegetables, give yourself about 20 minutes for the preparation time. Once everything is assembled and ready to cook, the actual cooking time is only a few minutes.
- Cut similar ingredients of the same size to help things cook evenly.
- Start with a wok or large deep skillet to sauté. I've tried classic woks, countless pans, and pans over the years. Now I use this skillet every day to sauté and I love it.
- I usually use tongs or a fish spatula to fry. You can use any sturdy wooden or metal spatula, but fish spatulas really are the ultimate tool for stirring, stirring, and frying.
FOOD PREPARATION TIP: Chop all vegetables and meat in the morning or the next day. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator so that at dinner all you have to do is get everything out of the refrigerator. A little planning will make this homemade meal even faster than takeout or frozen dinner!
Spicy chicken recipes
Those of you who have been reading for a while have probably noticed that my family loves a little (or a lot) of heat in our food. The spice in this chicken comes from a tablespoon of Asian chili paste and a good dose of fresh ginger.
If you are not a fan of spicy heat in your food, feel free to reduce the amount of chili paste in this recipe. However, if you like a little heat on your plate, check out these other spicy chicken recipes.
A batch of spicy honey chicken is great in salads or on rice. It is also excellent in sandwiches.
These spicy chicken patties from Family Food On The Table are going to make amazing sliders soon, and Spicy Chicken Rigatoni will also be included in my meal plan.
The Spicy Chicken Tamale Tart is a great combination of southwestern flavors with green chili, red chili and chipotle peppers in the mix.
Sauteed chicken recipes
Stir-Fry is a mainstay in my meal planning rotation. Stir fry recipes make it so easy to cook a full meal with lots of vegetables and meat that everyone enjoys. I have enough stir-fried chicken in my arsenal that we never get bored of eating the same stir-fry over and over again.
If you like the taste of ginger in chicken and sauteed bacon, try this sauteed ginger and broccoli chicken soon. We also love Orange Chicken Stir-Fry which mimics a popular takeaway, but is more flavorful than most restaurant versions I've tried.
For a stir fry dish that contains noodles like starch instead of rice, check out stir fry noodles with chicken and vegetables. Rice noodles, vegetables, chicken, and an amazing sauce come together in a skillet to satisfy even your most intense nightly desire for Chinese food!
Sauteed chicken recipe
In a large bowl, mix the arrowroot and the egg white. Mix the chicken pieces in this mixture and reserve.
In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, and chili paste and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp and golden brown for about 7 minutes.
Drain all but 1-2 tablespoons of bacon fat and add chicken and ginger to skillet. Cook over high heat until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
Add bell peppers and green onions and stir to combine. Cook over high heat, stirring until tender and crisp, about 2-3 minutes.
Add soy sauce mixture and stir to combine.
Cook about 2 minutes, until sauce is thick enough to cover meat and vegetables.
Spicy chicken and sauteed bacon
Recipe adapted from Everyday Food
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Cook time: 15 minutes.
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4-5 servings
- 1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot or cornstarch
- 1/2 pound bacon cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 inch fresh ginger cut into small matches
- 2 bell peppers of any color, stemmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 bunch green onions, cut and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon of chili paste we use Sambal Oelek
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
In a large bowl, mix the arrowroot and the egg white. Mix the chicken pieces in this mixture and reserve. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, brown sugar, and chili paste and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add bacon pieces and cook, stirring frequently, until crisp and golden brown, about 7 minutes. Drain all but 1-2 tablespoons of bacon fat and add chicken and ginger to skillet. Cook over high heat until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add bell peppers and green onions and stir to combine. Cook over high heat, stirring until tender and crisp, about 2-3 minutes.
Add soy sauce mixture and stir to combine. Cook about 2 minutes, until sauce is thick enough to cover meat and vegetables. Enjoy!
The key to stress-free stir fry recipes is to prepare everything ahead of time. Make sure all ingredients are lined up next to the stove before lighting the fire. Most of the preparation time for this recipe is spent slicing and dicing the meat and vegetables, give yourself about 20 minutes for the preparation time. Once everything is assembled and ready to cook, the actual cooking time is just a few minutes. FREEZER FOOD – Let the stir fry cool completely before transferring to an airtight container or Ziploc freezer safe bag. Thaw completely. in the refrigerator before heating in the microwave or on the stove.
Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 15 g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 2151mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1925IU | Vitamin C: 76.6mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2.5mg