Another pan sauce! Did you think I’d forgotten all about my brand new borderline-psychotic love for pan sauces? Because I haven’t. I haven’t forgotten.
One quick thing – please forgive how blurry these photos are. It was the most bizarre thing – as I shooting this recipe, a giant cave cricket with fangs and a cape appeared out of nowhere, and wanted to wrestle me. You know my deathly fear of bugs, especially cave crickets (just google image them. wait, don’t! wait, do. don’t! just do it.), so we began to wrestle in my living room, and in the midst of all the madness, his cape got caught on my camera strap, thus causing all of these final images to be extremely blurry. I blame the cave cricket colonies of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Oh, and don’t ask me who won the match. It would embarrass the cricket.
Velveting chicken! Do you do this? You know how when you eat Chinese food in a restaurant, the chicken has this undeniable silky texture to it? And you’re like, “WHAT IS THIS DELICIOUS WIZARDRY OCCURRING IN MY MOUTH.”
It’s velveted chicken, is what it is. It’s this magical formula of cornstarch, egg white, rice vinegar and oil. You let the chicken marinate in this mix for about half an hour, then you poach it in a tiny bit of water and oil. It comes out incredibly soft and silken. And you want to pet it and call it Frank. It’s worth the extra step!
In short, get velvet-y.
So, this recipe is super quick, super perfect for weeknights, and involves a CRAZY garlic ginger pan sauce that will have you howling at the moon in your underpants. I’m talking GEEEENGER. And lots of it.
Once your chicken is velveted, and you’ve poached it in water, you’ll see this grody eggy film sort of separate from it. And that’s okay! This is good. Once you remove the chicken from the water, most of that residue should be off the chicken. “And you got, the hot wax residues.” (<–Name that song.)
Then you can throw the chicken into any stir fry you’ve got going on. In this case, it’s super insano simple with green beans, a little oil, and a pinch of salt.
It’s that PAN SAUCE, man. It’s coming.
There’s the sauce! Okay, it’s sesame oil, vegetable oil, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, chicken stock, orange juice and your bleeding soul. Straightforward, but GOOD. All the pows.
You’ll cook some white jasmine rice on the side, top a small mound with chicken and green beans, then drizzle as much of that pan sauce over the dish as your heart will allow. YOU BETTER DON’T. (<–see, now the story makes sense, doesn’t it? don’t answer that.)
And one more thing – I lied about the cave cricket wrestling match. I know, I know. It’s hard not to believe that actually happened. I can be terribly convincing. But! – truth is, my kids woke from their naps earlier than expected, and all hell broke loose. So I didn’t have a chance to garnish with scallions, cilantro and lime juice. So do that part!
You can also just toss errrrthang in the skillet and serve it family-style, straight into your mouth hole.
Cape and fangs sold separately.