Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

  • bjane1 Posted: 01/22/13
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    This was a flavorful, outstanding stir fry with a little kick. I make stir fry once a week and this is definitely a keeper. Served over brown rice.

  • kkearney24 Posted: 08/17/12
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    I thought this dish was excellent! It had great flavor. I added a red bell pepper, matchstick carrots and mushrooms. I did not add the whole tablespoon of sambal oelek because it would have been too spicy for my family. However when I added these extra veggies I neede just a little more sauce so I made the sauce as 1 1/2 servings. It was a little sweet so next time I might cut back on the sugar but over all a great dish!

  • MomOf4Seattle Posted: 09/03/12
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    This was fabulous! This recipe will be added to our rotation too. Even the kid who never likes stir-fry gobbled it down! I substituted celery for the bell pepper (can't eat bell pepper anymore :-/) but this would be tasty with any number of quick-cooking veggies subbed in or added (bok choy, blanched broccoli, etc.) Yum! Tonight we're trying another recipe from this month's magazine: Sugar-Crusted Pork Loin.

  • cherylou Posted: 08/29/12
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    Very good recipe. Served it with white rice since the stir fry had a lot of flavor already. Made the recipe exactly and it was yummy. Vegetables were nice and crunchy and it was not spicy at all.

  • crusnock Posted: 08/30/12
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    Awesome, we used tofu instead of chicken. I am sure it would be equally good with chicken.

  • SheilaE16787 Posted: 10/18/12
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    Great! This is probably the best stir fry recipe out there. I used all ingredients according to the recipe, except I added garlic and 2x the sambal oelek because we like spicy! Will definitely make again!

  • pkandres Posted: 12/06/12
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    Loved this! The vegetables were crisp tender and the sauce is really fantastic. I used peanut oil instead of canola, substituted 1 heaping tsp. chili garlic sauce for the sambal oelek because that's what I had on hand. In fact the sauce was so good, I doubled it. I served it over jasmine rice.

  • WisconsinGal Posted: 03/24/13
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    Excellent, quick, and versatile. The sauce is what "makes" this recipe and you could easily substitute any combination of vegetables you have on hand. I know this is a recipe I will go to often for quick stir fry meals.

  • BeccahRN Posted: 08/23/12
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    Made this last night and it was excellent, my family loved it. I added a little minced garlic when cooking the chicken and also with the veggies but otherwise I followed the recipe. It's definitely a keeper for us

  • mrsgoody Posted: 08/24/12
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    Delish! Added mung bean sprouts & have no idea what sambal oelek is, so I used sriracha instead. YUM!

  • Stinkinkitchen Posted: 01/28/13
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    I keep going back to this one, sooooo good. And hard to mess up, even for me.

  • jfrankh Posted: 08/26/12
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    Fantastic. Veggies were perfectly crisp tender and the sauce is fantastic. Paired with coconut jasmine rice. Like one reviewer, made some without chili paste for the kids. Next time will try adding carrots & mushrooms and maybe leaving out the chicken.

  • wonderwab Posted: 09/15/12
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    This recipe is awesome- quick, easy, and most important: delicious! It came together really well and had nice flavor. I would highly recommend the double-sesame rice that accompanies this recipe- it elevated the whole dish

  • buenacena Posted: 10/08/12
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    I made a modified version of this recipe based on what I had on hand and it still came out great. I used sriracha in place of the sambal oelek (are they one in the same?) and skipped the fish sauce altogether because I didn't have any (but i did salt and pepper the chicken before adding to the pan which may have made up for it). i used light brown sugar and toasted sesame oil. For vegetables, I did a red and yellow bell pepper, yellow onion, and oyster mushrooms. Great recipe - good blend of hot and sweet. I'm not a big fan of rating recipes after modifying the heck out of them, but wanted to post my subs in case anyone else stocks their pantry like I do and ends up in the same predicament. Based on the many five star ratings, I'm guessing the original is really awesome!

  • jchphd78 Posted: 03/24/13
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    This is an excellent dish, quick to prepare and great flavor - in my opinion much better and with fresher ingredients than you would get at the local Chinese restaurant. And honestly just as fast as running for take-out. I cook this on a regular basis and the spicy-ness is just right for all of the family.

  • Namaste Posted: 08/26/12
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    Great stir-fry recipe! I followed the recipe exactly except I used 1 tbl soy sauce instead of 1 tbl fish sauce, since I hate fish sauce. Definitely a keeper, and very pretty on the plate.

  • lsrollins Posted: 01/03/13
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    My favorite stir fry recipe. I have used this recipe many times.

  • heidimia14 Posted: 03/05/13
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    This ones a keeper! Everyone in my family loved it and we didnt have any leftovers. I used about half the sambal oelek because we don't like things too spicy, and the sauce turned out really delicious. I also used a bag of frozen peppers and onions to make things easier. Definitely going to be in our regular rotation!

  • maureeneernst Posted: 08/25/12
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    Flower Mound, TX

    This was fantastic. I made two batches, one with the chili paste and one without. Kids loved the chili free one, husband and I loved the chili one. Just the right amount of spice, perfect. This recipe will be entering our rotation and I don't think it will be too spicy for my kids. It also looks beautiful with all of those veggies! I served this over plain basmati rice and thought the rice with the rest was great!

  • dizzydoggy Posted: 02/13/13
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    This was fantastic. Three days later, my husband is still raving about how good this stir-fry was. Can't wait to make it again!

  • chef4myboys Posted: 12/15/12
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    Delicious and has a great kick!

  • steponme Posted: 05/16/13
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    Great stir fry; quick and easy to put together. Didn't change a thing, perfect as is.

  • EmaCap Posted: 09/28/12
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    The best part of the recipe is the sauce! Sweet and spicy indeed. I substituted broccoli for the peas. Still was very crunchy and delicious. Next time, I think I will add some mushrooms too. Also, this recipes come together in a flash which is always a bonus.

  • crclk14 Posted: 11/23/12
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    This was a good recipe, easy to make and very tasty. It was a little too spicy for my kids though. Next time I might use the Sambal Oelek on the side.

  • DixieDishrag Posted: 04/27/13
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    Woodinville, WA

    This is an OUTSTANDING stir-fry. I double the veggies, double the sauce, and triple or quadruple the sambal oelek - we really love spicy food. Sometimes I add red pepper flakes for more heat. Sometimes I don't bother with the peanuts. The flavor is absolutely delicious. If you cut up the vegetables the night before, it's pretty quick and easy to make after work. Leftovers are great. It's a one-dish meal, so no need to serve anything with it other than rice. Definitely a keeper.

  • ksutton99 Posted: 08/23/13
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    This was one of the best sauce of this type I have ever had...my husband thought so too. I added more veggies, stuff I had on hand (mushrooms, celery, water chestnuts etc.) and doubled the sauce. It will certainly be one of our favorites.

  • khaos2442 Posted: 10/10/13
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    This is sooooo good!!!!!! Easy, cheap, healthy, and filling! This will be a regular meal in my house. If you like spicy drizzle with Siracha after plating. Yum!

  • wizzy01 Posted: 01/31/14
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    This recipe was quick and easy to make and very delicious!

  • Elksman Posted: 04/27/14
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    My family really enjoyed this dish. After cooking the chicken, I put some tofu with soy sauce into the wok for three minutes. Then I cooked the veggies adding bok choy and mushrooms. The chicken needed a bit more than four minutes and I think broccoli would be better than snap peas but overall it was a great dish.

  • JLBrooks321 Posted: 10/01/13
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    I cannot even tell you how amazingly flavorful this is. The recipe is deceiving, because it's so simple, but the taste is phenomenal. My boyfriend said he could have eaten this without rice or meat. He would have been fine with just the vegetables and sauce. It is THAT good. I could make this once a week, every week, and never get sick of it.

  • JudyW77 Posted: 09/10/13
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    This recipe is really good. I made it as written, simply doubling the sauce as we like lots of sauce when serving a stir fry over rice. I will note that my version was VERY spicy so when I make this recipe again (and I will) I will not double the Thai chili garlic paste. As reviewers are all over the place on the spiciness of their versions, I believe it is because everyone has used something different for the spice. I used a Thai chili garlic paste which says on the jar "a spicy hot seasoning and condiment" -- and it is! Even my husband, who normally handles spice much better than I do, commented on the spice. However, when asked, is certainly ready to see it served again!

  • Bcortez Posted: 09/05/13
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    This was so easy to make! And it was tasty! Definitely will be repeating.

  • ctyankee Posted: 09/12/13
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    The first time I made this receipe as written. Liked the spicy heat but thought it was light on flavor. Last night made it again, sauteing lots of chopped garlic in the oil before adding the chicken, seasoned both the chicken and vegs with salt and pepper before cooking. Excellent! Everyone raved.

  • KathrynNC Posted: 10/19/13
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    Tasty, easy weeknight meal. Reheated well for leftover lunches the next day.

  • daneanp Posted: 10/26/13
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    This may be one of the best stir-fry Cooking Light recipes I've made yet. The sauce is amazing and the best part is that it is SO easy. The only change I made was to add one minced clove of garlic to the veggies. It would be easy to sub any combo of meat or veggies here. Who needs unhealthy Chinese take out?? I served it over steamed jasmine rice - brown rice would be good too. A simple Asian-style cucumber salad completed the meal.

  • jspicest Posted: 02/04/14
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    Terrific stir fry sauce. And once you get all the ingredients on hand, it is pretty easy to put together. I have made this more than once as a side dish with veggies only. My dinner guests raved about it. I prefer using broccoli instead of the sugar snap peas. I couldn't take the squeaking when I chewed the sugar snap peas, plus the broccoli soaks up more sauce!

  • TCUnurse Posted: 10/01/13
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    great stir-fry sauce that is well balanced between sweet and spicy. dry-roasted peanuts balance out any of the spiciness. Served with the recommended sesame rice

  • 29CookingMama Posted: 04/11/14
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    This was delicious. I made it exactly as written and the family loved it. Tonight I am going to substitute shrimp for the chicken. I could have licked the pan!

  • acmeinecke Posted: 09/21/13
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    This was excellent - I plan to make this recipe my base stir-fry and just change around the veggies for variation. That way I can make this dish once every couple weeks without the family getting tired of it. I served this with brown rice, and I added a little more of the wet ingredients since we like extra sauce on the leftovers (although, there wasn't much left over).

  • Wlknowles Posted: 07/07/14
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    Use less sugar, a little too sweet. Very tasty dish, I will make it again. The family all liked it. Very easy to prepare, mostly prep work. Also, I used Sriracha sauce.

  • nomsdos Posted: 10/04/13
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    Dang, very tasty. I added more and different veggies. Anything you'd put in a stir fry will work.

  • sarahjones123 Posted: 09/19/13
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    It was delicious! Will make again for sure!

  • agsavoy Posted: 08/13/13
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    Delicious! I left out the sambal oelek, sugar snap peas, peanuts and green onion. A new family favorite!

  • lucyg01 Posted: 09/17/13
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    Easy to make and so yummy! I added mushrooms to include more veggies.

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