Thursday, May 26, 2011

Stir-fried Chicken with celery

@ mirandablue
Concocted this last week after my mother reminded me of the chicken fillet in the freezer  that I bought a few days before.  Originally, I intended to deep-fry the chicken fillet and prepare a cilantro sauce.  But instead of cilantro, I got parsley (duh!).  Rummaged the fridge and found fresh stalks of celery and some fresh tarragon--so this was the result of my experiment.:p

Marinated the chicken fillet (cut into bite-size) in salt and pepper, diced tarragon leaves and some oyster sauce.  Sauteed garlic and onions, added the marinated chicken, stir-fried until seared.  Added a small amount of water, simmered for a few minutes to ensure chicken is fully cooked, salt & pepper to taste.  Mixed in the celery and cashew nuts, and cornstarch diluted in water to thicken the sauce.  Turned off the heat as soon as steam started to come out from under the lid to keep the celery crunchy.

Verdict:  My mom didn't like it because the chicken was too white, it looked raw to her.  She loves to use soy sauce on everything.:p  My next-door neighbor liked it, and also my nephew. As for me, it was OK, not great but definitely better than from some over-priced Chinese fast-food.:p  I also like the white chicken and the greens---it even matches my blog's color palette! LOL


After a second helping, I had a eureka moment---I should have sauteed it in ginger!  Ginger and tarragon go well together.  Well, until next time.:p


Do you think the chicken should be brown? :p


My contribution to Food Trip Friday hosted by Willa

13 comments:

imriz said...

i suck at using herbs, help me understand how am i to incorporate tarragon on dishes:)
looks like the chicken (when fillet) needs no browning, looks juicier and softer.

♥♥ Willa ♥♥ said...

I know some people who doesn't like Celery,but not me,I love the aroma of it.

Visiting thru Food Trip Friday.Blogspot is acting up (again!) and I can't log in to use my FTF account. Thanks!

Clarissa said...

I prefer browning the chicken when cooking stir-fries~ang FIL ko ganyan din,mahilig sa soysauce kaya kahit ano na lang palaging soysauce ang base ng ulam.

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jellybelly said...

How great that you can whip something out of what's available in your fridge.

My Sassy Chef said...

Yum! Chicken and celery go together so well!
Thanks so much for dropping by Sassy Chef Recipes and Reviews!

Dhemz said...

not really fond with celery...dko pa na try tong dish na ito....:) it looks yummy though.

prettyblogger said...

i love green color on food. looks really good yum.. pls visit mine herehttp://www.sweetiejake.com/2011/05/chicken-curry-pinoy-style.html

Tetcha said...

The chicken looks okay, and if it tastes fine, then there's really no problem. That's very easy to do, by the way, so thanks for sharing! Oh, and I won't forget the ginger when I try whipping up this dish! Thanks again!

kat said...

di ko pa to na try 'to, tsaka ayaw ko nga paka ng celery..hehe but your experiment looks so good. Thanks for FTF visit.

Tina said...

I was told once that a good cook is the one who can prepare a dish out of the supply in the fridge.. i think you did great! But nice color combination.. white and green.. you can even join another meme for Wednesday White and Green Monday. lol :)

Visiting from Taste Matters from Food Trip Friday.

Maritess said...

I like the crunch of celery. Tarragon enhances the taste and aroma of the food, too. One exciting dish! Blog hopping from FTF. Please do visit mine here - http://www.anaturalmama.com/2011/05/healthy-recipe-2-homemade-herbed-tomato.html. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Chie_Wilks said...

sounds deli and easy to prepare. Sauteed in ginger? It's new to me. Your mom and I are alike when it comes to the use of soy...use it on almost everything..

i got mango float

Cheerful said...

looks nice! i like celery and enjoyed using it for cooking. yes, ginger will add more aroma i think but anyway, it looks delicious already. thanks for sharing, will try it next time! anyway, have a great weekend! -PinayMum - Mommy's Life Around...