January is usually the time when everyone makes a big declaration to their family. “We will NOT be going out for take-out this month. We will eat at home.”
Everyone nods vehemently. Yes, we will eat at home. No more take-out.
And then someone has a hard day and doesn’t feel like cooking. Or it’s already 5 o’clock – is there time to make a meal?
This is when my friends-in-foodiness, Blue Dragon, help us out. We have a small assortment of their stir fry sauces in the cupboard, and it makes for a quick and easy meal that didn’t come in a paper bag.
- Two packets of Blue Dragon General Tao Stir Fry Sauce
- Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
- 5 or 6 thin carrots, diced
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped into large pieces
- 1 cup of snap peas
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Optional: cilantro, bacon, slivered almonds, etc
- In a pan, sautee the chicken in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat until cooked, put chicken aside
- In frying pan, heat remaining olive oil over medium heat
- Add onions and carrots and cook until tender-crisp
- Add broccoli and peas and cook for approximately 5 minutes, or under tender-crisp
- Add cooked chicken and packages of General Tao sauce and cook for 2-3 minutes - until heated through
- Serve on rice and top with your choice of cilantro, bacon, nuts, etc.
Of course, the secret to taking a quick meal and making it something is just that – the little “something special” that you put on the top. As I whipped up this General Tao stir fry for my gang – using vegetables that we had on hand, and chicken that was in the freezer…. a truly, last-minute meal – I noticed that there was a small package of bacon left over from the morning’s breakfast.
Should I just go ahead and top this stir-fry with some crumbled bacon? Yes, I think I should.
Other ways to dress up your stir-fry:
– slivered almonds
– a handful of cilantro
– bacon (of course)
– fresh bean sprouts added in the last minute or so of cooking in the pan
These little additions add texture and taste to the dish, and soon you won’t even remember what the #3 Combo Special is!
General Tao – pronounced General “Sa-ow” – is a sauce that has a lovely, rich taste with a bit of a kick on the end. When I’m cooking for four, I use two Blue Dragon packets.
I like my dinners like I like my husband – saucy.
But I have a fun giveaway for all of you today! I’m giving away two new Blue Dragon products – their squeezies – as well as two stir fry sauces and a cutting board!
Enter in the Rafflecopter below, and good luck!
Giveaway begins on Sunday, January 31st and closes on Saturday, February 6th at 11:59 pm. Void where prohibited. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of Blue Dragon Canada.
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I am part of The Cultured Kitchen Ambassador program in partnership with Patak’s Canada and Blue Dragon Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
My favourite topper for a stir fry is sesame seeds.
We usually like toasted sesame seeds on our stirfry!
I love sesame seeds!
I like adding peanuts to the top of my stirfry
I absolutely love sesame seeds as my topping.
It would be great to win 2 new Blue Dragon Squeezies,
2 Stir Fry Sauces and a cutting board.
In response to your question of
What is your favourite topper for a stir fry?
My favourite topper for a stir fry is peanuts.
Thank you for having this giveaway.
It depends on what kind of stir fry I’m making but peanuts are a popular choice at our house.
We use lightly toasted sesame seed on our stir frys.
I love to kick it up just a bit by adding almonds, cashews, or sesame seeds for crunch & richness in taste!
I love topping my stir fry off with cashews or sesame seeds.
I love sesame seeds!
dried chow mein noodles.
It really depends on the stir fry, but we usually top with soy sauce, chives, fresh pineapple or fresh pepper!
I love adding chopped green onion, totally makes it
It really depends on the stir fry and the type of sauce I’m using.
I love to add peanuts !! Yummy
cilantro and bean sprouts to finish for me
I usually don’t add a topping to my stir fry..just eat it as is
I like sesame seeds as a topper on a stir fry
I like sweet n sour sauce on top of my stir fry.
nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)
I like bean sprouts a lot, and almonds or sesame seeds to give it a little nutty flavour.
I love cashews and green onions as a topper.
Toasted Sesame seeds, mmmmmm!
We like cashews.
Sarah at Journeys of The Zoo
Sesame seeds are my favourite topper. I also like soya sauce on it or something salty!
Journeys of The Zoo
Chopped peanuts & sweet chili sauce.
That looks so delicious….I love this type of food and could eat it day after day. I used to make a beef and broccoli and haven’t made it in several years…better start hunting out that recipe! Thanks for the giveaway, as well!! Enjoyed your facebook page very much…I am a new subscriber to your blog and am looking forward to reading it each day…
I like to add sesame seeds and green onions .
I like peanuts for some crunch
I normally add some sort of hot sauce to the top of my stir fry.
I love cashews on top of my stir-fry!
I like to put soya sauce on top
My favourite topper for a stir fry are sesame seeds.
peanuts are my favorite topping