March 16, 2011

Sizzling Stir-Fries

While on my mini-vaca in Branson, MO, I stopped by a few Antique Malls.  I was on a quest; in search of fabulous, cheap cookbooks.  I love used cookbooks.  I especially like when I am looking through them in the evening and I find little notations made by the previous user(s).  Don't you?  I always make sure I put little notations in my cookbooks.  That way, when they find a new home, the new owner can find my little notations while he or she is curled up and snuggy, reading their new cookbook.  I hope it puts a smile on their face as it does mine.  I haven't had time to read through my cookbooks yet; really just time for skimming.  So, I haven't found any notations as of yet.  I did have a moment in my day to pick a few recipes from one of my finds:  Betty Crocker's Sizzling Stir-Fries.  This book is a 1994 publication.  I don't really feel as if 1994 could be considered antique yet.  Nevertheless, I found it and it's all mine!  The two recipes I made for dinner this evening were super yummy :)

Sesame Chicken with Fun See

3 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 egg
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 cup chicken broth
3/4 cup vinegar
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Vegetable oil
2 ounces rice stick noodles
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seed

Cut chicken into 2 x 1/2 inch strips.  Mix egg, flour, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 tablespoons water, the salt, 2 teaspoons oil, the baking soda and white pepper; stir in chicken.  Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes.  Mix 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup cornstarch.

Heat sugar, broth, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, 1 teaspoon oil and the garlic to boiling.  Stir in cornstarch mixture; cook and stir until thickened.  Remove from heat; keep warm.

Heat oil (1 1/2 inches) in wok (I don't have a wok, I used a large pan) to 350.  Pull noodles apart gently.  Fry 1/4 of the noodles at a time 5 seconds or until puffed, turning once; drain on paper towels.

Heat oil to 350 degrees.  Fry about 10 pieces of chicken, adding 1 at a time, 3 minutes or until light brown.  Remove from oil, using slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.  Repeat with remaining chicken.

Heat oil to 375.  Fry about 1/3 of the chicken 1 minute or until golden brown.  Remove from oil, using slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.  Repeat with remaining chicken.  Place chicken on heated platter.

Heat sauce to boiling; pour over chicken.  Sprinkle with sesame seed.  Arrange rice stick noodles around chicken.

PER SERVING: Calories: 450; Protein 26g; Carbohydrate 51g; Fat 16g, Cholesterol 60mg; Sodium 720mg

Stir-fried Broccoli and Carrots

2 teaspoons finely chopped ginger root
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups small broccoli flowerets
1 cup thinly sliced carrots (about 2 medium)
1 small onion, sliced and separated into rings
3/4 cup chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon cold water
1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 cup sliced mushrooms (about 3 ounces)
2 tablespoons oyster sauce

Spray wok or 12-inch skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat until hot.  Add ginger root and garlic; stir-fry about 1 minute or until light brown.  Add broccoli, carrots and onion; stir-fry 1 minute.  Stir in broth and salt; cover and cook about 3 minutes or until carrots are crisp-tender.  Mix cornstarch and cold water; stir into vegetable mixture.  Cook and stir about 10 seconds or until thickened.  Add water chestnuts, mushrooms and oyster sauce; cook and stir 30 seconds.

PER SERVING: Calories 95; Protein 3g; Carbohydrate 18g; Fat 1g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 560mg

~ Enjoy!


  1. Yum I love stir fries, yours looks delicious!

  2. Thanks Chris! I was happy to be back in my kitchen making dinner for my family!

  3. I love love love searching for used cookbooks! One of my favorite recipes I found curled up in an old book at goodwill. Stirfry looks wonderful by the way!

  4. Looks great Dee!!! Now find a chop suey one and have your dad over!!!

  5. Thanks Sarah! I was looking through the Candy cookbook that I bought and found a very old recipe that the previous owner had forgotten folded up inside. It looks like it was typed up on a typewriter and it's very yellowed. It's for Divinity. Looks like I will have to try making Divinity soon. Thanks for stopping by!

    Mom, Dad will be invited over when I find a good recipe :)


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