OTT: Asian Chicken Bowls

This is a guest post from my husband, Ben. Periodically, he has agreed to share some of his favorite recipes with you in a guest post column entitled One Tablespoon Testosterone, or OTT for short. Enjoy!

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Ah yes, some of my favorite food ever is Asian cuisine.  Or perhaps more accurately, Asian food that’s been Americanized into a fast food format.  Yum.  But this is my take on Asian-inspired food that’s simple and delicious.

dinner tableAsian Chicken Bowls

Ingredients:

  • Asian rice sticks (or another form of pasta or even rice)
  • 1 lb chicken
  • 1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables (or the same ones fresh-style that would probably cost a small fortune at your local grocery store)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 T soy sauce
  • 3 T Szcehuan sauce
  • 1/4 t Chinese 5-spice
  • 1/2 t sesame seeds
  • dash of red pepper flakes

Directions:  Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces.  My bites may be larger than yours so adjust according to mouth size.  Heat the oil in a large skillet on the stove (or better yet, in a wok if you have one…I don’t…).  Place the chicken in the skillet and cook.  Flip after several minutes and cook until golden brown.  Add water, frozen vegetables, soy sauce, and szechaun sauce.  Cover and let cook for several minutes.  Meanwhile, begin making the rice sticks.  Back to the chicken mixture, add Chinese spice, sesame seeds and red pepper flakes.  Stir and let cook until vegetables are tender.  When rice sticks are finished cooking, drain and add to chicken/vegetable mixture.  Stir together and serve.  Obviously, the amounts of sauces and seasonings can be adjusted.  I used enough pepper flakes and szechuan to give it some kick.  But for a sweeter sauce, add more Chinese spice and less pepper flakes and szechuan.  If there isn’t much sauce at the end, add some more water.

Question of the Day:  Since Halloween is nearly here, what’s the best person/thing/whatever you’ve ever been for Halloween?

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7 thoughts on “OTT: Asian Chicken Bowls

  1. Jenna

    One time me and 3 friends decided to go as the ‘elements’–earth, air, water, fire. However, when the party started only I showed up as an element (as water), with blue swirlies of body paint wrapped in a blue sarong. Every one else backed out at the last minute.

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  2. Karen Yehle

    When I was a child, my mother made my brother and I Raggedy Ann and Andy outfits. We won first place at our subdivision’s party.

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  3. Ben

    To answer my own question, it has to be a Keebler elf…or maybe it was a Keebler elf truck…or Keebler elf truck driver? I don’t know; all I know is I had a Keebler elf display truck thing attached to me. It was awesome. Although, in retrospect, considering how my parents felt about all things magical I’m shocked they let me go as something like an elf. I guess I didn’t ask too many questions they didn’t want to answer like, “Why do the little people who make cookies have pointy ears?”

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