Thursday, October 8, 2009

Mu Shu Chicken (my way.)

I decided to make Mu Shu chicken. Or a variation of it anyway. I got inspiration originally from a recipe I saw on Martha Stewart's site for easy recipes. It basically called for a roast chicken, hoisin sauce, scallions and crepes. That's it. How easy is that?

Well, the trouble started when I couldn't find the crepes (mu shu wrappers). So I bought tortilla's instead. Then I decided it sounded too plain and boring. So Martin Yan to the rescue. I have a great cookbook of his Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking. He had a recipe for Mu Shu Duck Wraps. That's close enough for me. And his recipe says you can use mu shu wrappers or flour tortillas. Sweet. Except when I look at my package again, I found that I bought white corn tortillas. No good. So we'll just eat the chicken with rice. Which will make this healthier and low-fat. Yeah!

So on to cooking. I made a few variations to the recipe. Which can be scary. But tonight turned out great!! The first substitute was orange juice for chicken stock. Here's how my brain works:

The recipe calls for 1/4 c. chicken stock (a ridiculously small amount.) I don't have that. Water will be too plain. I look in the fridge. hmmm. What about orange juice? Chinese restaurants make orange chicken, so that should work, right? Sounds good to me. And yes, these conversations are real. And I sometimes say them out loud - to myself.

So here's the recipe and a few pictures. I hope you'll give it a try and tell me what you think. I served it with Coconut Ginger Rice that I found at Safeway. It was super yummy. Elli loved it. She had two huge helpings. And it's gluten free!

Some of the asian ingredients.

Stir fry the veggies with the roasted chicken. Add the sauce.

Serve it up! Yum.

I know this looks a lot like the stir fry dish from the other night. But it tasted completely different. Especially with the yummy coconut ginger rice. Plus, I was able to use the other half of the jicama which as Martha says, "Is a good thing." Sorry, couldn't resist.

So while I have all this going on I decide to make chocolate banana muffins. I'll tell you about this tomorrow! 'cuz I'm pooped!

PS. I used a new site for the recipe called Springpad. Would love to know what you think. I'm not sure I like they way they formatted the recipe. We'll see. I heard about them from the BlogHer conference.  So I'm giving them a try.

1 comment:

  1. I have to try orange juice in my rice, what a fun idea. I also loved the gluten-free note!



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