Sauce/liquid for Stir Fry chicken

jessie981, Nov 3, 4:10am
First try out tonight with new gas hob & wok. Never done Stir Fry so have no idea what to use. Thanks

davidt4, Nov 3, 4:29am
Here's a simple Thai recipe:

Spicy Chicken with Cashew Nuts

2 tablespoons peanut or other vegetable oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 small onion, sliced

6-8 finger-length dried red chilies, seeded and cut into halves

1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts,

250 g chicken, cut into small cubes

1 spring onion, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-in lengths

1 teaspoon light soy sauce
1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce

1 teaspoon fish sauce

1/4 teaspoon sugar or to taste

2 tablespoons water

Heat up a wok and add the oil. When the oil is heated, add the garlic, onion, dried red chilies and stir-fry until fragrant or when you smell the spicy aroma of the chilies. Add the cashew nuts and follow with the chicken. Stir-fry the chicken until the surface turns opaque. Add all the ingredients for the sauce into the wok and continue to stir-fry until the chicken is cooked. Stir-in the spring onion, serve immediately with steamed rice.

davidt4, Nov 3, 4:30am
Here's a Malaysian one:

Ginger Sesame Chicken

Serves 4

450g chicken thigh meat
1 tab oil
2 tsp sesame oil
3 tab shredded ginger
2 tab dark soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
150 ml chicken stock
2 tab Shaoxing wine


2 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1 tab Shaoxing wine
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cornflour

spring onions to garnish

Cut chicken into 5cm chunks, mix with marinade, stand 30 min. Drain.

Heat wok and add oils, when smoking add ginger and fry 1 min until crisp. Add chicken and stir fry 5 min until it starts to brown. Add everything else but wine, stir fry 1 min. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 8 min. Remove cover and boil until sauce reduced to 2 tab. Add wine, stir fry 2 min. Shred spring onions and sprinkle on top.

sarahb5, Nov 3, 4:35am
Honey, soy, ginger and/or garlic is always good - you can also add sweet chilli sauce to spice things up - and 5 spice is a must for me too

jessie981, Nov 3, 5:02am
Yum, thanks all

sarahb5, Nov 3, 5:42am
Theres no rules really - just play around with flavours you like - pineapple juice with cornflour and honey is good too

rainrain1, Nov 3, 6:56pm
Your recipes sound delicious. The Shaoxing wine, is that a rice wine?

davidt4, Nov 3, 7:08pm
Yes it is. It's a cooking wine and is salted. This means it isn't subject to tax as an alcoholic drink so it is very cheap - around $4 for a big bottle.

rainrain1, Jul 25, 12:53am
Great, I have some in my cupboard