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Fast & Easy Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables Recipe: New Comfort Food

Fast & Easy Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables Recipe: New Comfort Food

I make a chicken stir fry when I want a healthy allergy friendly meal that’s fast and easy. I used Foster Farms Simply Raised Boneless Skinless Breast Tenders for a lean and tasty stir fry loaded with fresh vegetables. 

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Allergy Mom Sandwich

Making Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables is one fast and easy way to get dinner on the table fast. I have been taking my mom to appointments in San Francisco and each trip takes about 4 hours round trip while the kids are at school. My sons need a lot of rides to and from their various schools and activities after school and on weekends. I’m on the road a lot, very short on time, and need to keep all of us fed, healthy, and allergy safe. What’s an allergy mom sandwich to do? I turn to New Comfort Foods and make a fast and easy chicken stir fry with vegetables.

New Comfort Foods That Are Fast, Easy, and Healthy

New comfort foods uses mostly local seasonal ingredients, has minimal ingredients in the recipe, and have quick easy steps and fast prep time. My mom likes healthy Chinese stir fries with lean protein and lots of vegetables and minimal addition of sauces so we can taste the freshness and flavors of the ingredients. My kids will eat the veggie packed stir-fry with some sauce, and I try to strike a balance between tasty and healthy. Thank goodness my husband is easygoing and will pretty much eat whatever I make. A fast and easy chicken stir fry with vegetables served with rice is a simple, healthy, and hearty meal.

Fast & Easy Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables Recipe: New Comfort Food

Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chicken

I was excited to participate in this campaign when I learned about Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chicken. All Foster Farms chicken are 100% natural (minimally processed, no artificial ingredients), raised locally in California and/or the Pacific Northwest, American Humane Certified, and raised without hormones or steroids (which is against federal regulations for all poultry).

Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chickens are never treated with antibiotics and the chickens eat a 100% vegetarian feed. I am not a health professional but as a mom, I think less antibiotic exposure in our bodies is probably better for us and the environment.

As a point of reference, their organic chicken are also never treated with antibiotic, eat an organic non-GMO feed instead, are free range, and USDA certified organic. I think this new line of Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chicken allow consumers to have more options and is a step in the right direction toward a better food system.

Fast & Easy Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables Recipe: New Comfort Food

If you are interested in knowing more about why Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chicken’s antibiotic-free, vegetarian fed chicken matters and how we can be a more aware consumer, I highly recommend you read one of Marion Nestle’s books. She is a NYU nutrition professor and one of my favorite authors. Professor Nestle is a champion of advocating for better food policies and has authored many books about food politics. Read What to Eat (affiliate link) or Food Politics (affiliate link), which you might be able to check out of your public library.

Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chicken has a variety of bone-in, bone-less, skinless parts as well as whole chicken. I selected a package of Boneless, Skinless Breast Tenders because the chicken tenders are already cut into strips and all I need to do is cut them into bite sized pieces, what a huge time-saver. Visit Foster Farms’ Simply Raised Chicken webpage for product information, recipes, and cooking tips.

Fast & Easy Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables Recipe: New Comfort Food

Tips for Chicken Stir Fry Success

I have shared with you my tips for stir fry success before, but here are some relevant highlights for making a chicken stir fry:

  • Chicken stir fry is different because chicken needs more flavor. Marinating it for 15 minutes while you prepare your other ingredients is usually enough. Cook the chicken the same day you marinate it because chicken that has been marinated for too long will taste rubbery and tough.
  • Don’t crowd your ingredients and stir fry in batches if needed otherwise you’ll end up with a stir-braise, which you can rescue with a cornstarch mixture but then you’ll risk overcooking your ingredients.
  • It’s important not to overcook a chicken stir fry. You want the chicken to be soft and tender and the vegetables to be brightly colored and crisp. I stir fry the chicken until the meat is no longer pink on all sides and then take it out of the pan while I stir-fry the vegetables. When the vegetables are almost tender crisp, I add the chicken back into the pan with a sauce until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is just right.
  • My #1 tip is to prep everything and have all ingredients ready to cook before you start. Stir fries taste great because they cook very quickly and you won’t have time to pause and wash, chop, or assemble anything once you start stir frying.

Fast & Easy Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables Recipe: New Comfort Food

This recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, egg, fish, shellfish, and milk as written. 

If allergic to wheat, be sure to use a gluten-free versions of soy sauce and corn starch. If allergic to soy, try making a batch of my soy-free soy sauce recipe and using it instead of soy sauce. If you are curious about what ingredients I use, be sure to check out what is in my cupboard.

 

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Fast & Easy Chicken with Vegetables Stir Fry Recipe
Author: 
Recipe type: Main Entree
Cuisine: Chinese Stir Fry
 
Sponsored post by Foster Farms, all opinions are mine.
Ingredients
  • ¾ pound Foster Farms Simply Raised Fresh Chicken (I used Breast Tenders)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon michu (rice wine, can substittue sherry or mirin)
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 teaspoons corn starch, divided
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 teaspoons)
  • 1 slice ginger, peeled and minced (2 teaspoons)
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 2 carrots, halve lengthwise and slice diagonally
  • 1 broccoli crown, cut florets into bite sized pieces
  • 1 zucchini, halve lengthwise and slice
  • 2 stalks scallions, chopped (reserve 1 tablespoon for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Thinly slice chicken tenders across the grain and place into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce, michu, sugar, white pepper to the chicken and mix.
  3. Add 2 teaspoons corn starch to the chicken and mix, set aside to marinate.
  4. Make a sauce by mixing 1 teaspoon corn starch, ⅓ cup room temperature water, and 1 tablespoon soy sauce, set aside.
  5. Prepare all vegetables as directed, set aside.
  6. Preheat wok or stainless steel frying pan on medium high heat for a few minutes until the pan feels toasty if you hold your hand over it and/or a drop of water sizzles (if using a non-stick frying pan, cook at medium heat but allow more time than directed).
  7. Add 1 teaspoon of oil and swirl to coat, saute the ginger and garlic until fragrant (30 seconds) and add marinated chicken pieces, spread them out and allow the chicken to sear for 30 seconds before stir frying until no longer pink (3-4 minutes), transfer to a clean bowl and set aside.
  8. Add 1 teaspoon of oil and swirl to coat, stir fry onions until slightly translucent and fragrant.
  9. Add broccoli florets, carrot and zucchini slices and saute for 1 minute, add ¼ cup of water and cover with a lid to steam vegetables for 2 minutes.
  10. Add zucchini slices, chicken, and most of the chopped scallions.
  11. Stir the cornstarch mixture and add to the stir fry, continue to saute until the sauce thickens (1 minute).
  12. Transfer to a serving bowl, garnish with scallions, and serve over rice.
Notes
To save time, you can also use 1 teaspoon each of powdered ginger and garlic but add half to the marinade and half to the sauce.

 

Visit Foster Farms’ Simply Raised Chicken webpage for product information, recipes, and cooking tips.

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  1. Cricket Plunkett

    Love how many veggies you put in your stir fry!

    1. Sharon Wong

      Thanks! It’s like eating some chicken with the veggies. 😉

  2. Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate

    I love how easy this looks!

    1. Sharon Wong

      It’s amazingly easy and tasty too!

  3. Amanda

    Love all those veggies! We are huge stir fry fans, I’ll have to give this a try!

    1. Sharon Wong

      Thanks, enjoy the recipe!

  4. Alisa Fleming

    This looks like the PERFECT dinner Sharon. I’m going to make it next week! And I’ll have to keep an eye out for that chicken. I’ve been looking for better quality since we eat chicken so many nights!

    1. Sharon Wong

      Thanks, Alisa! I agree, we eat a lot of chicken too!

  5. Georgianna

    All the veggies! This sounds great!

    1. Sharon Wong

      Yum, yum! Thanks 🙂

  6. Sandra Shaffer

    Stir-fry meals are so fresh and tasty! It’s so good to see a brand like Foster Farm’s providing quality meats. This whole meal looks scrumptious!

    1. Sharon Wong

      Thank you, Sandra!

  7. Lauren

    This stir fry looks delicious!

    1. Sharon Wong

      Thanks!

  8. christine

    This sounds like a wonderful stir fry option. Yum. Thanks for the info on this brand of chicken, I wasn’t familiar before.

    1. Sharon Wong

      Thanks, Christine! It’s a big local company so I’m really glad that they have some other options.

  9. Rachel

    Looks delicious and healthy! Your recipes are always so beautiful!

    1. Sharon Wong

      Awww, thanks Rachel! xo

  10. Kortney

    Stir fry is one of my favourite go-to healthy and fast meals. I grew up eating a lot of stir fries, which really are the perfect busy weekday meal. I’ve never thought of marinating the meat first – will definitely try this next time!

    1. Sharon Wong

      Same here! I have only recently tried cooking the meat without marinating it and there are certainly benefits (less sticking, more sauce!). Enjoy, Kortney. 🙂

  11. linda spiker

    I use breast tenders all the time! I love them. Great recipe!

    1. Sharon Wong

      The tenders make such a big difference in taste and texture! Thanks, Linda!

  12. Elizabeth DiBurro

    Hi Sharon,
    Do you think a wok is worth the purchase? I always just use a big frying pan, but wasn’t sure if I should invest in a wok.
    Thanks for sharing safe recipes! 🙂

    1. Sharon Wong

      Hi Elizabeth, I bought an enameled iron flat-bottom wok to use with my glass electric stove a few years ago and have a love-hate relationship with the wok. I love that the wok heats up quickly, is roomy, and versatile. However this particular wok that I bought is fussy to maintain it’s non-stick surface. My next purchase would be a carbon steel wok, that’s what I would cautiously recommend.

    2. Sharon Wong

      Hi Elizabeth, whether it’s worth it depends on your budget and space available. I think that you can buy a pretty decent wok and a lid from SF’s The Wok Shop for $25-40. For me, space is an issue. I used to store it in the the warming compartment under my stove but now it’s a real warming compartment and too small to fit my wok so I have to store it in my garage.

      You can make do with a large stainless steel frying pan, however you have to be more careful about foods sticking and use more oil. If you use a large non-stick frying pan, you have to be careful about the temperature because it’s not safe to cook on high heat with non-stick frying pans. A wok is nice because if it’s well seasoned, you don’t have to use as much oil, it’s nice and big so you can stir fry w/o food flying out of the pan and it gives you enough room so you don’t end up with what I call a soggy stir-braise.

      And you’re welcome, I’m happy to share safe recipes. I had no idea how much people loved Chinese food and that food allergies were keeping them from eating it until we were at the first Food Allergy Blogger’s Conference! Thank you for sharing your recipes and all the support you’ve provided. xoxo

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