Sunday, August 26, 2012

Weeknight Stir Fry #SundaySupper

It's Back to School time!  This year, it's a little bittersweet for our family because it's the first time in about 23 years that neither of the two kids are going back to school in Fall.  The last kiddo graduated in May with her Nursing Degree.  Nonetheless, the days are still getting shorter, the leaves are turning vibrant shades of orange and red, and we're starting to think about tuning up our snow blower. (This is Wisconsin after all-- snow can happen at any point now! Yes, I know it was 93 degrees today...)

Back to School time means that our schedules are much busier than they were during the summer.   This week's #SundaySupper theme features fast meals that you can pull together in less than 30 minutes from start to finish.  There is absolutely no reason why your family has to grab fast food this school year.  Our wonderful team of bloggers has pulled together some mouth-watering menus that will surely keep your palate satisfied for quite some time.

In our house, we would often turn to our local Chinese restaurant when time was short.  Instead of picking up the phone and bringing home the familiar take-out boxes, why not pull together an amazing MSG-free stir fry in less time than it takes for delivery to arrive.  In fact, when I made this for my family, our son even commented to me, "are you sure that you made this?  I think you just ordered take out and slipped it on a plate." 

What's great about this recipe is that you can really do whatever you want with it.  You can use any kind of protein such as chicken, beef, pork, or tofu.  You can use any kind of vegetable, too.  I really love this time of year because the Farmer's Market is full of delicious produce to choose from-- just look at these beautiful colors!

Back to School time is Harvest Time in Wisconsin

The magic of this dish is in the stir fry sauce and glaze.  I even had some Sriracha sauce on had that I put on top of my portion.   Feel free to experiment with your stir fry, but this is how I made mine:

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 3 Tbsp sesame seed oil (divided)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 1 green pepper, julienned
  • 1 can of baby corn, ears cut in half
  • 5 shiitake mushrooms, cut into small strips
  • 1/2 cup of green beans, ends trimmed
  • 1 large carrot, sliced into very thin coins
  • 1/4 soy sauce
  • 1/4 chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


In a wok or stir fry pan on medium-high heat, add 1 Tbsp of the sesame seed oil and when hot, add the chicken strips.  Lightly season with salt and pepper.  While the chicken is cooking, quickly dice/mince/julienne/chop all the vegetables as directed.  (If you are serving over rice, you should think about starting the rice at this point)

Cook the chicken until it is done and just starting to turn brown.  Remove chicken from the pan.  Add the onion and garlic.  Cook for about 1 minute on medium-high and add 1 more Tbsp of the sesame seed oil.  Add all the remaining vegetables to the pan.  While the vegetables are cooking, in a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, chicken broth, rice wine vinegar, sugar, sesame seeds and the remaining 1 Tbsp of sesame seed oil. Stir. When the mixture is prepared, add it to the vegetables.  Continue cooking for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat.  In another small bowl, make the glaze by combining the water and corn starch.  Immediately before serving, add the corn starch mixture to the stir fry pan and stir to coat all the chicken and vegetables.  Any remaining sauce will immediately thicken and coat the stir fry.  Serve over rice.

If you like this, make sure to check out the rest of these awesome recipes that can all be made in 30 minutes or less.  I'm continually blown away by the talent and creativity of the #SundaySupper bloggers.  If you stop by, leave a comment.  I'm sure they'd love to know you were there!
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  • Double Duty Fajita Chicken: Nachos Supreme and Enchiladas by Doggie at the Dinner Table
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  • Oregon Shrimp Quesadillas by Pescetarian Journal
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    You can also join us on Twitter throughout the day on Sunday. We’ll be meeting up at 6:00 p.m. CST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about Back to School Meals and ways to make meal time easier!

    All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or you can follow us through TweetChat or TweetDeck. We’ll be sharing great recipes and tips all afternoon, and we’ll be talking all things Back to School Meals during our chat.

    We’d also love to feature your Back to School Recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers.  Won't you join us?



    1. So colorful! I want to have it for lunch today. Yum!

    2. Stir-fries are perfect for busy nights. Love your combo!

    3. We have stir-fry all the time, but would you believe I've never had it from "scratch" like this? I've only made it by buying frozen stir-fry veggies and adding my own chicken, sauce, etc. I think this would be so much more frugal, plus, I love how beautiful it turns out!

      1. It really is inexpensive, and you don't need a ton of produce. I try to plan other meals around what I buy and then just snag "a bit of this" and "a bit of that" and toss it in this dish.

    4. I love a good stir-fry with sesame and baby corn! Looks wonderful. Congrats on your kids graduating!

    5. Stir fries are always great for a quick meal. Well done! Congrats, too, on your children's graduations.

    6. Oh I love a good stir fry! And I'm always looking to make them different! Thanks for sharing.

    7. I love a quick stir fry in the winter when you are craving lots of veggies!!

    8. I think it is safe to say us #SundaySupper crew agree that stir-fry is one of the best quick and easy week day meals. This looks fabulous, thanks for sharing.

    9. I love a good stir fry! So many great ones in this #SS!

    10. Nothing like a good stir fry! This looks great!

    11. didn't know you lived in Wisconsin. I live about 20 minutes South of the Wisconsin/Illinois border. My wok is my best friend when I am in a crunch and I love a good stir fry any day of the week. Your stir fry looks delicous!

    12. Stir-fry is so quick and versatile!

    13. We love stir fry! It's definitely a great, quick, school night meal!

      Jamie @