I stumbled upon this wonderful dish unexpectedly. For lunch my friend and I went to our local chinese restaurant where they had a few new dishes on the menu. One of which was 'Cilantro Chicken'. I love cilantro so I figured I might as well give it a try. Boy was that meal a treat.
Soon after this visit I set out to recreate the dish in my kitchen. This recipe has captured my meal that day, spot on. Delicious!
Cilantro Chicken with Steamed Rice 3/4 pound boneless chicken breast 3/4 pound boneless chicken thighs 1/4 c. flour 2 tbsp olive oil 5 fresh jalapenos thinly sliced 3 lg garlic cloves - thinly sliced 1/2 c. finely chopped cilantro 1 tbsp oyster sauce 1 tbsp soy sauce
Cut chicken into 1/2 inch pieces. Sprinkle flour over. Mix to coat
Heat oil in a wok. Stir fry jalapeno and garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken and stir fry for about 5 minutes until chicken is tender and brown. Add cilantro, oyster sauce and soy sauce. Stir fry about two more minutes. Enjoy with steamed rice.
Food is so intriguing. I’ve always loved to cook whether it’s casual and simple or complicated and elegant. After living in the Midwestern United States all my life I find myself jumping between All-American foods and foods from other cultures. There is definitely a sense of comfort with cooking and enjoying food that I’ve grown up with.
I have a voracious curiosity to learn about all cultures, especially the Middle East/Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai foods. I’ve learned that a simple curry dish or an Asian dumpling can transform your mood and be just as much of a comfort food as the foods you’ve known you’re whole life.
It is fascinating to me how each culture has such a diversity of ingredients, and when used with different combinations and cooking techniques you can easily transform the same few ingredients into a multitude of dishes. The unfamiliar, the diverse ingredients and techniques, can be intimidating to many people. I’ve created this blog to chronicle and share my explorations in the kitchen so that hopefully you will want to start experimenting in your kitchen.