Quick and Delicious Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

Have you ever taken a picture and then not realized until after wards that there was a detail totally off? I’ve taken pictures of my kids only to discover after I download them that there is a chocolate smudge on their face or stray hair in their eyes or a fly unzipped.

That is exactly what happened with the pictures of this Chicken Stir-Fry. I took the pictures, we ate dinner and when I downloaded from the camera onto the computer I noticed that big, glaring, piece of onion right in the middle of the plate. I can’t even begin to tell you how much that big hunk of onion gets on my nerves. So much that I almost didn’t post this recipe, but you know what? This is such a tasty and easy stir-fry recipe I just had to share it with you.

Excuse me if I never return to this post again… it is like forcing myself to listen to fingernails on a chalkboard. I do hope you can get past the hunk of onion and look at this recipe for what it is… a must have stir-fry recipe for a quick and simple weeknight dinner! Enjoy.

Chicken Stir-Fry (Adapted from Allrecipes)

4 (4 ounce) boneless skinless
chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1 cup chicken broth
1. Cut chicken into 1/2-in. strips; place in a resealable plastic bag. Add cornstarch and toss to coat. Combine soy sauce, ginger and garlic powder; add to bag and shake well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons of oil; stir-fry chicken until no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Remove and keep warm. Add remaining oil; stir- fry broccoli, carrots and onion for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add chicken broth. Return chicken to pan. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

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  1. says

    Well…since I like onions so much. I GUESS I can forgive you 😛 you are so silly! The picture looks great. I’ve totally done this though, many times. But you’re right – this recipe looks way too good not to share. Plus it’s perfect for weeknight cooking now that school’s started!

  2. says

    I know exactly what you mean! The onion doesn’t bother me, but I’ve learned that my eyes gloss over things in real life that bug the heck out of me in a photo. Yesterday, I made stuffed tomatoes, and there were little black spots on the casserole dish from where tomato juice had burned in the oven. In the picture, it looks like I torched the things! And yet, I’m still going to post them to my blog because otherwise I have to cook again, and that’s not happening.

  3. says

    Your stir fry looks delicious, onion and all. I love that you went ahead and shared this photo. That makes this real cooking in a real kitchen where everything isn’t always perfect. It makes your post more credible. I’ve had my share of photo mishaps, and your example teaches me to just CHILL about it, already. Good for you!

  4. says

    That’s hysterical. Isn’t it funny how detail oriented we food bloggers have gotten about our food photos? So much for the easy point and shoot days of early blogging! The dish looks great, regardless of the annoying onion!

  5. says

    I TOTALLY do this!! I feel like I get “selective vision” with photographing food — I’m concentrating SO much on getting something in focus or adjusting the exposure that I realize suddenly I’ve been ignoring an object in the shot!

    That onion looks like it was placed there as a garnishy-flair, though, and I couldn’t find a THING wrong with the photo when I first saw it — until I started reading, I wouldn’t have thought a thing of it :)

  6. says

    I saw the photo first and thought it looked wonderful. Didn’t even notice the onion! But yes, this has totally happened to me before :) The stir-fry looks delicious though :)

  7. says

    Ha ha ha! You crack me up! For what it’s worth, I didn’t even notice the onion until you pointed it out LOL But YES, I have totally done that before! LOL

  8. Joyce says

    Ho Ho Did anybody else do what I did? I looked at the white spot in the center and clicked on it thinking there was an imaginary arrow which would start the video. When nothing happened, I looked closer, then read the script.

    Oh well, the stir fry looks great!

  9. says

    That is so funny about the onion! Yes…I do that all the time…there is no cropping out that onion, huh? I love onions, so it’s a plus in my book! 😉

    I’ve bookmarked this for future dinners….looks delish!

  10. says

    Made it my own way and heres how it went. Started the rice in rice cooker, cut up the chicken. Got the pan hot with oil then added chicken. Chopped onion when chicken was almost done put onion in and added soy sauce. Then added frozen bag of stir fry mix vegtables with a little more oil. Put the top over the skillet so it would cook fast. Rice finished around the same time, mixed the two together. Turned out to be a delicious meal. Can add a little more soy if you like for some more flavor.


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