I love stir fry!
I love it because it’s easy, versatile, and quick.
This stir fry I made on a weeknight for my family (which is why the pictures are dark). I love this one in particular because it uses marinated chicken, which is unusual but delicious! You’ll see why soon.
If you’ve never made stir fry before, now’s a good time to learn the basic steps of doing so. It’s really very easy!
By the way, these pictures are not as comprehensive as I would have liked, so I broke the recipe down into steps to make it a little easier.
Step 1: Marinate the Meat
I marinated 2 to 3 chicken breasts in Goya Mojo Criolla marinade, which is perfect for either chicken or beef. You can use either in this recipe. Just marinate the meat for 30 to 45 minutes in the refrigerator, or as long as possible.
Step 2: Prepare the Veggies
Now you need some fresh vegetables.
I used fresh corn, sliced green pepper, and onion. It’s that simple: just those three things. You can use whatever you’d like!
Also peel a bunch of garlic cloves.
Step 3: Cook the Chicken
Coat the bottom of a large skillet in vegetable oil and turn the heat up to high.
Add the chicken tenders and the garlic cloves.
Let the chicken sit there for 2 or 3 minutes before you turn it, so that it’ll become seared and ridiculously delicious.
Now turn the chicken to the other side and cook it until the chicken’s cooked through.
Remove the chicken from the pan and turn off the heat. You can crush the garlic and leave it in the pan, which is what I did; or you can remove it.
Step 4: Chop the Chicken
Chop the chicken into bite-size pieces, or whatever size you want for your stir fry.
Step 5: Cook the Veggies
Now return to the pan and turn it back up to high. Don’t add any more oil!
Add the green peppers first. Let them sit for 1 minute or so without stirring.
This is so they can have some coloring on them!!
Now stir them around a little, make a clearing in the center of the pan, and add the onions.
Let them sit for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until they have a nice brown coloring on them too.
Now make another well in the center and add the corn. Don’t cook the corn for as long as the onions and peppers; it should be a little crunchy when you’re done.
Step 6: Complete the Stir Fry
Now throw in the chicken!
Stir fry for another 1-2 minutes or until everything is piping hot.
Step 7: Serve
Now you have a couple of options for serving! I just love options.
The first option is to eat it by itself or with rice.
The second option is to throw it in a taco shell with some lettuce and cheese.
The third option is to make quesadillas from them! And it’s really easy. Here’s what you do:
Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. Throw in some tortillas.
Add the stir fry and some cheese and top with another tortilla.
When the bottom’s toasted, flip them carefully and cook until the top is toasted.
And there are probably a dozen other ways to serve this that I just haven’t thought of yet. My personal favorite is the quesadillas.