Garlic Chilli Chicken
Ingredients for 2 people:
2 cloves of garlic
2 chicken breasts
1 red pepper
1 chilli (more if you are feeling manly)
4 spring onions
2 serving spoons of oyster sauce or soy sauce
250 ml of chicken stock
At the risk of sounding like Jamie Oliver, we students eat a lot of crap. Never would a night out last year have been complete without a chilli burger and chips from Mr Efe on the way home from Toffs or Gallery. Admittedly all the junk does taste good, but you don’t want to eat it every meal.
Some people come to university with limited cooking skills, I even had to show one of my friends how to make cheese on toast last term. However, this recipe is very simple and even if you haven’t set foot in your kitchen yet this year you should be able to do it without any trouble.
It is also probably cheaper than a takeaway or ready meal, unless you shop at Costcutter in which case you will probably have to sublet your room for the rest of the term to pay for it.
First chop the chicken into bite size pieces. Dice up the garlic; I find it is better to use a big knife than one of those garlic crushers. Thinly slice the chilli, don’t worry if you don’t really like spicy food, when made with one chilli this dish is very mild. Using two or three if you think you can handle it. Mix the chilli, chicken, garlic and oyster sauce in a bowl and put it aside. Dice the onion and chop the pepper into strips. Heat some vegetable oil in a wok (if you don’t have one, get one or get your parents to buy you one. They are much better than frying pans.)
First, cook chicken until it starts to brown and then transfer it onto a plate. Heat some more oil then fry the onion and peppers for about five minutes until the onion has softened. Add the chicken to the wok then mix everything together. Add the chicken stock made from some cornflower, a stock cube and some water. Simmer the mixture while you chop up the spring onions than add them to the wok. Cook until the sauce thickens, add some salt and pepper and the serve with some rice. Sit down and enjoy the taste of freedom (from pot noodles and ready meals) and leave the washing up. It can wait until tomorrow or until your nice flat mate does it for you.