Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins
So easy and no one will guess what's in the secret sauce. Serve hot over white rice!
- 1⁄2 lb chicken breast, julienned in bite-size pieces
- 1 cup sliced water chestnuts or 1 cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup pitted whole cherries (frozen is easiest-thaw in refrigerator several hours before)
- 1 bunch green onion, sliced
- peanut oil (for frying)
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- 1⁄2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1⁄3 ounce jello sugar-free black cherry gelatin (one .3 oz or 8.5g package)
- 1 cup strong brewed black coffee
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 6 tablespoons soy sauce
- Fold together the marinade ingredients and dump into a plastic bag with sliced chicken; marinate chicken for at least five minutes.
- In the meantime, add all secret sauce ingredients to a blender or food processor, and pulse a few times until well-blended. It will foam a little bit.
- Heat oil over high heat in a large skillet or wok. Stir-fry the meat for 2-3 minutes or until it turns color. Don't overcook, as it will be back in the pan again. Transfer to a platter.
- Add a little more peanut oil to the wok if it needs it. Stir fry water chestnuts and green onions (reserving some for garnish) for two minutes; add secret sauce and bring to a boil, then cook for two minutes. Return meat, add cherries and stir thoroughly to heat through.
- Remove from heat; garnish with reserved green onion and serve hot over rice.
Followed your ingredients right on down, although I was sorely tempted to substitute something else for the coffee & even more surprised that the taste was hardly noticeable! We very much enjoyed the cherry flavor in this chicken dish & my other half particularly appreciated the inclusion of the coffee! Many thanks! [Tagged, made & reviewed in Please Review My Recipe]
I thought this was a creative use of contest ingredients. I thought the stir fry itself could have done without the cherries. I didn't care for the mushy texture of the cooked fruit in a savory stir fry. I did like the sauce. I thought the flavors were interesting & no one would ever guess it had jello and coffee of all things in it. I did add a 1/4 t. of crushed red pepper flakes to the sauce mix. Although I wouldn't rush to make this again, I am glad I tried it and my DH rated it higher. If one likes cooked fruit this just might be worth adding to your must make list!