Stir-Fried Chicken with Chinese Cabbage

A simple sauce of garlic, hot pepper, sherry, wine vinegar, and tomato, adds intense flavor to this quick stir-fry and it practically makes itself while the chicken and cabbage cook. Steamed rice is an ideal accompaniment.

Yield: 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon plus 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar
  • 1/2 head Chinese cabbage (about 1 pound), sliced
  • 3/4 cup drained sliced water chestnuts (from one 8-ounce can)
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro or scallion tops
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. 1. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken with the 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of the sherry, and the cayenne. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. 2. In a wok or large frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over moderately high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, until almost done, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove.
  3. 3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the pan. Add the onion, garlic, and coriander. Cook, stirring, until the onions are golden, about 4 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons sherry and the vinegar. Cook, stirring, 1 minute longer.
  4. 4. Add the cabbage, water chestnuts, the remaining 4 teaspoons soy sauce, the tomato paste, red-pepper flakes, and water and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes longer. Add the chicken and any accumulated juices, the cilantro, and the salt and cook, stirring, until the chicken is just done, 1 to 2 minutes longer.
  5. Wine Recommendation: You need a straightforward white wine with plenty of acidity to survive the garlic, soy sauce, and hot pepper in this dish. A chenin blanc from the Loire Valley in France, particularly from Vouvray, Saumur, or Anjou, will be able to hold its own.
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