Step 1: Prepare ingredients
You'll spend more time cutting up food than cooking it. Because the cooking time for stir-fry is mere minutes, you need to have all your ingredients prepped in advance.
Here's what you'll need for a basic chicken and vegetable stir-fry. These amounts will serve four.
Start with two tablespoons of cooking oil, such as groundnut or rapeseed oil - these oils can take high heat without smoking.
You'll also need classic stir-fry flavourings:
- Six cloves of garlic, minced
- One teaspoon of grated fresh root ginger
- One bunch of spring onion, thinly sliced
450g of skinless, boneless chicken breast, sliced into bite-sized pieces. You could also use chicken breast strips ready-sliced from the supermarket.
The vegetables in this dish are colourful and crunchy:
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 2 handfuls of mangetout or snow peas
125ml of chicken stock to moisten the dish and help cook the cabbage
The finishing sauce:
To bring all the flavours together at the end, make this simple finishing sauce. Just whisk together:
- 125ml chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornflour
Now that all the ingredients are measured, minced, sliced and whisked, you're ready to stir-fry.