Okay, this made me the happiest person on the PLANET last night!! Quick back story, I am not a huge fan of Asian flavors. I don’t care for ginger or too much sesame flavor, but I have been looking for a good stir-fry sauce since I have been living at home with my mom! We’ll just say 10+ years ago. 🙂
Now, delve into your memory… remember the old Tyson Stir-Fry Meal Kits from the 90s? My mom, sister and I LOVED the chicken stir-fry kit because the sauce was SO GOOD! Plus the fact that the chicken, veggies, sauce and even the rice came in individual packets that you tossed together in about 10 minutes and voila, DINNER! Unfortunately they stopped making these kits quite a few years ago; I have jonsed for that sauce ever since! I’ve tried SO MANY bottled sauces and recipes, and ruined SO MANY batches of good veggies for years!! UNTIL NOW!
I go on these random internet searches for new recipes/sauces from time to time, just hoping to find a stir-fry sauce I like! (Mainly because I feel stir-fries are the easiest way to get in your veggies and whole grains) One day I came across people talking about a sauce called Mr. Yoshida’s Marinade & Cooking Sauce. I don’t know what it was about their description, but I knew I HAD to try it. Unfortunately no one near me carried the sauce! I was just about to order it when I went to this INSANE new grocery store near me. It’s a regular chain store that’s been around for years, but certain stores they’ve practically turned into an upscale Wal-Mart – IT’S NUTS! Best thing ever: THEY HAD THE SAUCE!!
I just tried it last night, and as you may have already guessed – IT’S TASTES JUST LIKE THE TYSON’S SAUCE!! You have never seen someone so excited to eat a BIG bowl of veggies, chicken and brown rice! (Ironically, it was the first time I was smart enough to make enough stir-fry for only one bowl. In case I didn’t like the sauce, I would waste so much food!) Some may consider it too sweet, but it is called a teriyaki sauce on the bottle, so yeah, it will have a little more sweetness. I figure something that makes me eat that many veggies and whole grains is worth it! I also probably only used 2-3 tablespoons; at 45 calories a tablespoon…not bad right?
I realize this is a stir-fry, so there isn’t much to tell – you can do whatever you want with a stir-fry! But here is what I did:
Ingredients for One Serving:
1 – 1/2 cups veggies (I used fresh broccoli, green beans (trimmed and cut into thirds on a diagonal) carrots, and green peppers chopped into similar shapes and sizes
2 skinless chicken breast tenderloins, cut into thin strips on the bias
2-3 TBS Mr. Yoshida’s Marinade & Cooking Sauce
Corn Starch to sprinkle on raw chicken (I don’t remember why we do this, but Emeril said to do this, so I do it!)
Your favorite rice (I like using Uncle Ben’s Instant Brown Rice because I can easily make 1 serving! It’s SO EASY! Just throw rice, water and a touch of butter in a pot. That’s pretty much it!)
1. Preheat skillet or wok with a drizzle of canola oil, tablespoon or so
2. Start cooking rice
3. Start cooking your “hardest” vegetables first. In this case, the broccoli and green beans. TIP: Keep the pan covered, stirring/flipping often until they start to get tender. You can blanch these first if you want, but I feel this way keeps the nutrients a little better…and I’m lazy. (If your pan doesn’t have a lid, any will work as long as it mostly covers, or you can even use a pizza pan!) Then add remaining veggies and about half of the sauce. Still keeping pan covered and stirring often.
4. Once vegetables are about where you want them, time to add the chicken. If you are using a wok, use traditional method of pushing veggies up the sides, placing chicken in the bottom. If you are using a skillet, TIP: push as far as you can to one side of the pan, then slide this side of pan OFF heat source. You can also remove them if you’d like, but again, I’m lazy. Once chicken starts to brown, add remaining sauce and cook through. Then stir veggies back in.
5. Ready to plate! Spread rice in bottom of dish, dump chicken and veggie mix on top and ENJOY!
I promise you will NOT be disappointed!!