I love Chinese food. It is just so good. I have pretty much been one to buy a bag of PF Chang’s frozen chicken (in different varieties) and add some homemade fried rice. Over the past couple of months, though, I pinned quite a few Chinese Chicken recipes on Pinterest. It was time for me to start trying them.
Until Pinterest, I had never breaded chicken in cornstarch before frying. What a difference it makes! The recipe I recommend is this one.
I made homemade fried rice to go with the sweet and sour chicken. I don’t use a recipe, but in gist here is what I do:
Cook 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of chicken broth according to directions. (Note: Not Minute Rice or another “quick” version.)
In a wok, non-stick skillet, or some other large pan, heat a small amount of sesame oil. (Sesame oil is VERY flavorful. You might want to use it sparingly.) Add 1-2 pressed garlic cloves, a few green onions that have been cut up, and about 1 cup of frozen English peas. Cook for 3-5 minutes. (Add some more oil if needed.) Make a well in center of wok and fry an egg that has been lightly beaten. Cook until done. Add cooked rice and mix with vegetables. Add soy sauce to taste.
I also tried to make homemade egg rolls for the first time. I mean – I even tried to make the wrappers from scratch! I found a recipe on About.com. (You can see it here.) I used my pasta machine to try to roll the dough out thin. My machine has 6 settings for thickness, with 1 being the thinnest. I discovered that 1 is just too thin and they seemed to work out best on 2.
To make the filling, I used ground (turkey) sausage that had been cooked. To it, I added shredded cabbage and some pressed garlic and sauted in my skillet until the cabbage was wilted. I let it cool a little bit before adding to the egg roll wraps. The inspiration for my egg rolls comes from a Jimmy Dean recipe I had seen in a magazine years ago. My husband and daughter liked them. (Sorry I don’t have pictures of the finished version. I was hungry and forgot to take photos before they were eaten.) Here is a good tutorial for making them at home with store-bought wrappers:
I hope this post inspires you to try to make your own version at home. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. (And if you are like me, and again, and again…)