According to a Time.com article, Chinese food most likely got its start in San Francisco. San Francisco is home to the biggest and oldest Chinatown in the United States. The same article states, “Today, according to the Chinese American Restaurant Association, there are over 45,000 Chinese restaurants currently in operation across the United States.” However, eating a Chinese inspired meal at home only requires a few ingredients.
- 1 to 2 pounds of boneless skin-less chicken
- 2 teaspoons of salt (optional)
- 2 teaspoons of pepper (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 3/4 cup of teriyaki sauce
- 1/4 cup of brown sugar
- 2 ounces of sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 12 to 16 ounces of broccoli florets
- 8 ounces of shredded carrots
- 4 to 6 garlic cloves (minced)
- 2 inch piece of peeled, diced ginger root
- 1 [16 ounce] package of lo mein noodles ( or spaghetti)
- Rinse the chicken to remove any excess debris, then pat it dry.
- Cut the chicken into bite size chunks.
- Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Set it aside.
- Mix teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil in a container. Set it aside.
- Pre-heat a large pan for a few seconds; add the olive oil to the heated pan.
- Sautée the chicken chunks in the olive oil until done.
- Add broccoli florets, carrots, garlic, ginger, and continue sautéing.
- Add the teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, and sesame oil mixture to the chicken and vegetables. Set the sauced chicken and vegetables aside.
- Cook the noodles according to the package directions, drain them.
- Stir the drained noodles into the chicken, vegetables, and sauce. Heat all the ingredients through before serving.
A variety of vegetables can be substituted to suit tastes. Soy sauce can be used in place of teriyaki sauce. Increase the amount of brown sugar for a sweeter flavor. Sriracha sauce or red pepper flakes can be added to the sauce to add spicy heat. Experimenting with spices like Chinese 5 spice can add flavor to stir-fry dishes.