Guess what I have? Another flavorful food memory! A while back I pondered, in my Savory Puff Pastry video, why aren't we making more eggplant in life? Not exactly an existential crisis, but a food question worth exploring. I realized that I loved eggplant, but I didn't make it too often. Years ago, I used to order chicken & eggplant stir fry at my favorite Chinese restaurant. All. the. time. I never saw it on any other Chinese take-out menu. And I've never found it since. Eggplant on its own, yes. With chicken, no.
The Key to Asian-Style Chicken & Eggplant Stir Fry: Velveting the Chicken
Have you ever wondered why the boneless breast of chicken at Asian restaurants is so tender, but you can never seem to get yours that tender? You bite into it and it practically melts in your mouth, right? Turns out there is a technique called velveting the chicken that makes white meat chicken oh, so tender. The simplest way to do this is by adding baking soda to your sliced chicken pieces. I was skeptical of this method, but I'm here to say, WOW! The chicken was the most tender I'd ever made.
Here's How to Velvet Chicken:
- Cut your chicken breast into thin pieces.
- Add baking soda to the chicken.
- Mix together to coat all the chicken.
- Let it sit for 20 minutes or so.
- Rinse the chicken in a strainer.
- Blot the chicken dry.
Easy Chicken & Eggplant Stir Fry with Built-in Leftovers for Lunch
I love a great stir fry dinner as much as the next person. The simplicity of it and the flavor combinations are endless! But recreating my favorite Asian-style chicken & eggplant stir fry from years ago was a lot of fun. I wanted that delicious umami sauce and tender, moist chicken with perfectly cooked eggplant. I think I hit the jackpot with this combination. It really is everything I wanted it to be.
Of course, you can cook this for a small group or just for two and use all those amazing leftovers for lunches. Whether you are working from home or heading into the office, this makes an excellent re-heatable lunch option.
I hope you give this recipe a try and that you enjoy it as much as I do. Remember, there's always time to get to know your kitchen better. Cooking doesn't have to be difficult. I'll be right there with you - just watch my instructional video and we can make it together.
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