crunchimomma- Heather Spergel

Author, Mom, and Creative Nut!

Stir Fry from “If You Cook It They Will Eventually Eat It” post

I’m NOT a chef.  I’m a home cook mommy just making good food for the family.  Most of what I do is winging it in the kitchen, unless it is a new recipe – then I follow the directions obsessively like my life depends on it.  that is the original post.  For this chicken, here is what I did.  Use organic and local wherever and whenever you can.


1 lb organic chicken breast cut bite sized

1 cup broccoli (cut how you like it)

1/2 cup carrots sliced into bite sized pieces

1/2 onion

1 diced garlic clove (or grate it very fine)

Soy sauce (gluten free)

Teriyaki sauce (gluten free)

Seasonings you like…. add onion powder, mixed seasoning, or even ginger

1 cup brown rice (cook and set aside)

Grapeseed oil for cooking- 2 tablespoons


Cut chicken, set it aside.  Prep your veggies ahead.  Chop your onion small, carrots bite sized broccoli, … whatever veggies your family likes.  Zucchini would be great in this.  I didn’t have any on hand when I made it this night.

Mix 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce, dash of water in a small bowl and set it aside- mix your own flavors together that YOU like.. this is what we tend to go for.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok on medium heat (or use large saute’ pan).  Cook your onion until it is softened, stirring with a wooden spoon.  Add your chicken pieces into the pan.  Splash in a touch of the sauce mixer.  Stir the chicken often around in the wok (like those fancy wok chefs – haha!).  When it is JUST about done, but SLIGHTLY underdone, remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.

Go back to your woke and put the other tablespoon oil in.  Add your veggies.  I like mine still crunchy, so I put the carrots in with a splash of the sauce, cook the carrots first for a few minutes, then add in any other veggies.  I added in the broccoli and a splash of sauce.  Toss in your garlic.  Then I put a little more sauce in, with a good stir, I put the lid on for a couple minutes.  Remove the lid, throw the chicken back in and the rest of the sauce.  

If it seems dry, take the Teriyaki sauce and give a nice splash around the woke before tasting a piece of chicken.  I take it out, slice it, see if it’s done.  Enough salt?  Enough flavor?  Taste how I want it?  Tweak it now…

Serve over rice!  See now wasn’t that easy?  Try beef, try just veggies, try a dash of sesame oil? Try grated or chopped ginger (YUM!).  

My kids help wash the veggies and I have a kids chef knife for them to use too! Get them involved and they are more likely to try stuff!  





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