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Chicken Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce – Better Than Take Out

Chicken Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce – Better Than Take Out
Chicken Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce – Better Than Take Out


This Chicken Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce brings the marvelous flavors of Chinese takeout into your kitchen and is totally customizable!

The Chicken Stir Fry Sauce nails the tastes of Chinatown! Now it’s easy to make an authentic-tasting stir fry at home.

Chicken Stir Fry in a white serving bowl with red handled fork and spoon.Chicken Stir Fry in a white serving bowl with red handled fork and spoon.

Why You Must Make

Growing up, my first exposure to “Asian” food was my mom’s Egg Foo Yung. A can of veggies, including bean sprouts, was fried up with eggs and soy sauce. Not exactly gourmet, but we loved it as kids. Years later, we went with a big group of physicist families to The House of Lum in Aspen, Colorado, where we drank black tea, ate won ton soup, egg rolls, and more until we finished the meal with fortune cookies. That was our first foray into more traditional Chinese dishes.

  • When I first tried this Chicken Stir Fry with Oyster Sauce recipe from Pam Anderson’s The Perfect Recipe (affiliate link), I knew I had found a dish I would make over and over.
  • This entree may not be authentic, but it reminded me of the Chinese restaurant food I grew to love during our summers in Aspen and our time exploring Vancouver’s Chinatown during our year abroad. The flavors were spot on!
  • Stir fry recipes are perfect dinners on busy days.

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Soy Sauce, Sugar, Ground Black Pepper, Vegetable Oil, Cornstarch
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – Sliced or cubed into bite-sized pieces.
  • Dry Sherry – I keep a bottle of this Spanish fortified wine in the refrigerator for recipes.
  • Assorted Vegetables – Cut or slice into bite-sized pieces about the same size as the chicken. I used snow peas, asparagus, red bell peppers, and carrots.
  • Oyster Sauce – Found in the international aisle at the grocery store.
  • Sesame Oil – Adds more Asian flavor.
  • Garlic – Use a garlic press to “mince” it.
  • Ginger – I use a zester to “mince.” You can also place some peeled ginger on a cutting board and chop very finely so it will distribute nicely throughout the dish.
  • Steamed Rice – To serve. Make sure to cook your rice in salted water or broth unless your diet prohibits salt. My kids still remember when Bill made rice when I was out of town years ago and didn’t season it!!
Chicken Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients on a sheetpan with labels.Chicken Stir Fry Sauce Ingredients on a sheetpan with labels.
Chicken Stir Fry Ingredients on a sheetpan with labelsChicken Stir Fry Ingredients on a sheetpan with labels

How to Make

Tips for Making Stir Fries

  • Prep your ingredients early in the day to streamline the cooking process at dinnertime. Cut your vegetables, cube your chicken, and keep them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook.
  • PRO-Tip: Marinate your protein so that it has time to absorb the flavor and tenderize via any acidic ingredients in the marinade. The sherry does the job in this recipe.
  • PRO-Tip: Note that seafood and chicken will take less time to marinate than pork or beef. Overmarinating can make for mushy meat. The USDA guidelines are 6-24 hours for chicken and 3-5 days for pork, beef, and lamb. But generally, I marinate overnight.
  • Make your sauces ahead of time, too.
  • Then when it’s dinnertime, it will take 20 minutes or less to finish your stir fry.
  • Change out the vegetables to varieties your family enjoys.
  • PRO-Tip: Add the vegetables that take longer to cook, like carrots and broccoli, first so they will be tender at the same time the other vegetables are tender.
  • PRO-Tip: If you want thin slices of chicken or beef, try freezing it first. It will be much easier to cut!
  • Try beef or shrimp instead of chicken. Note that these selections won’t need to cook as long as chicken.
Chicken Stir Fry in a white bowl with chive garnish and a fork.Chicken Stir Fry in a white bowl with chive garnish and a fork.

How to Make 

  • For this healthy chicken stir fry, you can utilize different veggies and protein, but I suggest adding cabbage, red bell pepper, carrots, broccoli, pea pods, mushrooms, and then a protein like chicken or beef. I shook up the mix as I had fresh asparagus in the refrigerator, plus I humored the picky hubby by not adding mushrooms.
  • Have your vegetables cut into similarly sized pieces so they finish cooking at the same time. This also applies to the chicken pieces.
  • Don’t overcook your veggies. Mushy carrots aren’t as appealing as those you can easily pierce with a knife or fork.
  • Use a neutral cooking oil with a higher smoke point. Peanut oil works well as does canola oil. Do not use olive oil.
  • Cook in batches so the mixture fries instead of steaming.

Packed full of vegetables and lean meat, this healthy entrée allows room for a sweet bite after dinner. Always a bonus!! I hope you’ll add this Easy Chicken Stir Fry to your menu soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Key Points to Remember when Making Stir Fries?

The first key is to use a hot pan and cold oil. Next, cook the meat first. Finally, remove the meat before cooking the vegetables so it remains juicy and tender.

Can You Add to a Stir Fry for more Flavor?

If your stir fry still needs more flavor, consider adding broth, herbs, more garlic, ginger, citrus zest, or soy or oyster sauce to pep it up.

What Can You Serve with Stir Fry?

Steamed rice is essential, but you can also serve fried rice or even quinoa instead. Other side dish options include Wonton Soup, Sweet and Sour Soup, Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, or Chinese Dumplings.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy
  • I tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 ½ pounds vegetables cut approximately the same size as chicken (snow peas, asparagus, red bell pepper, carrots)

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • Steamed rice

Instructions

  1. Toss chicken with soy and sherry and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some salted water in a large saucepan. Blanch and hard vegetables (like carrots or broccoli) till softened slightly. Remove from water and set aside.
  3. Prepare sauce by combining all ingredients. Set aside.
  4. Heat one tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a large saute pan or wok. Cook half the meat, and remove to a serving dish. Add another tablespoon of oil and cook the rest of the chicken. Remove.
  5. Add the last tablespoon of oil. garlic and ginger, and then add the soft vegetables, and stir fry till tender crisp.
  6. Add blanched vegetables and chicken.
  7. Add sauce and stir to coat all pieces. Add the cornstarch mixture and cook till juices thicken.
  8. Serve with steamed rice.

Notes

You may use beef instead. And swap out any of the vegetables for your favorites.
If you’re not a fan of rice, quinoa would be a delicious alternative.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 542Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 497mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 47g

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