Apr 26 2014
Chinese food has always been one of my very favourites but ever since starting a family and cooking for them, chow mein and stir-fry have really topped the list. Nothing is as quick and easy as making a stir fry, and they really are so versatile. You can change the sauce from sweet to sour to smoky to anything in between, you can switch up the protein however you’d like, and I also find it a great vehicle for trying out new vegetables I might stumble upon, but am not quite sure what to do with. And using noodles can even bring prep time down to under 10 minutes.
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs $4.98
1 tablespoon soy sauce $0.05
1 tablespoon sesame oil $0.10
2 cloves garlic, minced, divided $0.02
1 pound spinach $3.00
2 tablespoons vegetable oil $0.14
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced $0.75
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced $0.55
2 packages Udon noodles $1.48
1/4 cup hoisin sauce $0.20
1 green onion, thinly sliced $0.07
Freshly ground black pepper $0.01
Total cost $11.35
Cost per serving $2.84
1.) Cut chicken into cubes and place in a medium-sized bowl. In a separate bowl combine soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, and 1 clove of minced garlic. Whisk thoroughly to combine, and then pour over chicken. Mix to combine, and then allow chicken to marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes.
2.) Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil on the stove. Add Udon noodles and turn heat off immediately. Let noodles sit for three minutes and then place in a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Allow to sit until noodles have fully cooled, and then drain and set aside.
3.) When ready to make the stir-fry, heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. When hot add the chicken pieces, along with any of the marinade, and cook for about 5 – 7 minutes, until the chicken is fully cooked through.
4.) Add the spinach, red pepper, ginger, and 1 clove of garlic. Cook just until the spinach is wilted and the red pepper is tender-crisp. Add Udon noodles, black pepper, and hoisin sauce and toss just until all ingredients are combined and warmed through. Add green onions and toss just before serving.
5.) Serve and enjoy!