Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Miso glazed chicken stir fry with asparagus and scallions

If you're read this blog with any regularity you'll know that Asian flavors are a favorite of the Witch household. Which is why when I asked the Husband what he wanted for dinner, and he promptly replied "Asian" I was not surprised. Rather I was wondering what I could do that I haven't done recently.

The first thing I knew I had to do was get some green vegetable. Last weeks teriyaki lo mein, while delicious, was missing a green veg component and I was bound, set and determined NOT to make that mistake twice. So off to the grocery store we went. Broccoli was my original intent of vegetation, however when I saw asparagus on sale I quickly changed my mind. A comment of "Ooh, asparagus Mom, can we get that please?" from the little Witch sealed the deal. Something Asian with asparagus it was! I also grabbed a bunch of scallions, which were on sale too, and started planning my meal.

Velveting the chicken is my go to method for all Asian inspired dishes. Its really simple, takes 30 minutes of marinade time, and the results are hands down the best way to go. If you love the soft, melt in your mouth chicken you get from Chinese restaurants, you'll love velveting! For more details about velveting please read this post. Best of all, the ingredients you'll need to produce this silky smooth soft chicken are pantry staples, can't beat that! If you don't stock white wine in your house you can substitute 1 T chicken stock and 1 T rice vinegar.

The sauce was next on my list. There was about 2T of my homemade teriyaki sauce left over in the fridge, adding that seemed like a great idea. I augmented the sauce with a bit more white wine, a little water and a big heaping scoopful of white miso paste. Miso paste can be difficult to locate, its taken the Witch years, and I do mean YEARS to find it locally. Finally I found it in the refrigerated section of my health foods store. It was $6 and should last me for at least 4-6 recipes. Not too shabby! If you can't find miso paste locally there are a lot of merchants online that you can order it from. Miso is soybean paste. The texture it gives the sauce is reminiscent of peanut sauce, thick, creamy and delicious. Its flavor is delicate and savory, perfectly matched for velveted chicken and tender asparagus. The lighter the miso, the gentler the flavor: it ranges from the very mild white or yellow to red and brown, getting more intense in flavor as the color darkens.

The Kitchen Witch is beyond pleased with the results of this dish. The flavors were light, delicate and yet bold all at once. The bright green colors of asparagus and scallion paired beautifully with the white chicken and golden sauce. Miso glazed chicken stir fry with asparagus and scallions is one of the best Asian inspired dishes to come out of the Witches' kitchen yet. I do hope you try and enjoy it as much as we did!

Miso glazed chicken stir fry with asparagus and scallions
makes 4 servings
4 scallions, sliced, greens sliced and reserved for garnish
1 carrot sliced thin
1 stalk celery sliced thin
1/2 bunch (.5 lb) asparagus spears, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 t ginger freshly grated
4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced fine
2 chicken breasts sliced thin against the grain
1 egg white
3 T white wine, divided
3 T corn starch, divided
1 t kosher salt
3 T canola oil, divided
2 T teriyaki sauce (my recipe is here)
1/2 c water, divided
2 T soy sauce
2 T white miso paste

Begin by marinading the chicken in the velveting marinade:
slice chicken thin (1/8 in) across the grain, place into a medium size bowl
coat chicken with salt, toss with fingers to evenly distribute
next add 1 T white wine and mix again with fingers to evenly distribute
add egg white and mix with fingers, taking care not to froth the egg white
add 1 heaping T of the corn starch, coating each piece using fingers to distribute
finally add 1 T canola oil, using fingers to distribute evenly
Cover with plastic wrap and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes.

Prep your veggies while chicken is marinading.
Prepare the sauce by combining the teriyaki sauce, 2 T white wine, remaining corn starch, 2 T water and the miso paste. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients.

After chicken has marinated bring a pan of water to the boil. Once boiling add 1/4 of the chicken, stir well to break up any clumps. Once the outside turns white, about 30 seconds, remove from water and reserve. Repeat with remaining chicken until finished.

Heat a large sautee pan or a wok over high heat. Add 2 T canola oil. Add the ginger and garlic, stir fry for about 30 seconds, until very aromatic and it just starts to brown.

Add the prepped vegetables next. Stir well to evenly coat in oil/garlic/ginger mixture. Stir fry for about 1 minute. Add 1/4 c water and cover. Allow to steam for 2-3 minutes.

Add parcooked chicken. Stir fry about 2 minutes before adding the sauce mixture. Once chicken is cooked thru and veggies are crisp tender, add the sauce. Stir well as sauce thickens quickly. Cook about 1 minute longer. Serve with hot cooked rice.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople recipe calculator
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350.5
Total Fat 12.3 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.5 g
Cholesterol 68.4 mg
Sodium 533.9 mg
Potassium 902.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 23.5 g
Dietary Fiber 4.6 g
Sugars 2.2 g
Protein 47.1 g


StephenC said...

How did you know I just bought white miso paste a few days ago? I've thought about velveting but have yet to try it. As it happens there's stir-fry on the menu for tonight, beef lo-mein is the theme.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Andrea you always make delicious recipes but I have to say this one has my name written all over it! I have meant to try the velveting technique since you last posted about it - I'm on it!! Thanks for sharing;)

Anonymous said...

Holy cow... this looks amazing. I love Asian!!!

M @ Betty Crapper said...

I should not be reading this at lunch time. I want!!

Michelle J said...

I feel like I'm always leaving the same comment on your posts, but OH MY GOODNESS THIS LOOKS GOOD!

I'm going to have to check out that velveting business next time we have chicken for dinner. Yummy!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

This is amazing love the colour and lusciousness!

Chef Bee said...

I love asian food but have not tried cooking with miso paste. Thanks for sharing.

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Cranberry Morning said...

I canNOT believe how delicious that looks. Wish I had some ready for dinner tonight. Thanks for sharing the recipe. And thanks for your comment on Cranberry Morning. Glad you're up to trying the parsnip again. :-)

Design Wine and Dine said...

This dish looks SOOO delicious! I love the velveting method you use (I remember that post) and there's something about scallion in Asian cooking that can't be beat! It's one of those items I have to keep in my fridge!

Ginger. garlic...miso paste = YUM!

This would be a nice meal to make early next week because it's so different from the Thanksgiving flavors... Thanks!

Jenn said...

The pictures look beautiful Andrea!! I mean I dislike asparagus greatly and all of a sudden I want a eat a big plate of this!! Only you can tempt me that way :)
I will agree with you on the velveting too... AMAZING little technique there!

Yenta Mary said...

What gorgeous colors! Dreary and rainy here ... that would be a perfect meal to brighten things up ... :)

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

OH wow. That sounds and looks amazing!!! Great dish.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Sweet and Savory said...

One recipe after another appeals to me. I love this but hubby does not like asparagus and I am putting it mildly. Would spinach work because, I would really like to make this and your next recipe and the next one?

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