I was inspired by Chinese New Year to create an Asian inspired recipe to celebrate the occasion. I opted to make this incredibly easy-to-make Honey & Garlic Veggie Chinese chicken dish that went down an absolute treat in my house and perfect for those who are trying to stay away from the takeaways.
This recipe is designed for 2 people but can easily be adjusted to feed more.
For the ‘Chicken’:
- ⁃ 150g Quorn Pieces or alternative (or of course, actual chicken if you desire)
- ⁃ 1 large egg
- ⁃ 1/2 cup cornstarch (if you don’t have, flour will also work)
- ⁃ 2 tsp soy sauce
- ⁃ Black pepper
For the Honey & Garlic Sauce
- ⁃ 5 tsp honey
- ⁃ 1/2 cup soy sauce
- ⁃ 2 tsp cornstarch (or flour)
- ⁃ 1/4 cup water
- ⁃ 1 tsp sesame seeds (I used chia seeds because why not)
- ⁃ Garlic seasoning
- ⁃ Chilli flakes
- ⁃ 1 large onion chopped
- ⁃ Finely chopped cucumber
- ⁃ Noodles
- ⁃ Asparagus (or spring onion if you want to be normal)
- ⁃ Spinach
- Start by mixing the ‘chicken’ into a bowl with the egg, cornstarch (or flour) and soy sauce. Mix together well. Add pepper to season as necessary.
- Heat up a large pan with a little oil. Add in your chopped onions and cucumber and let soften.
- In a pot, boil some asparagus tips and spinach.
- To make the sauce, mix together the soy sauce, honey, cornstarch and water. Mix thoroughly and add the seasonings (garlic and chilli) to your taste.
- Next, add the sauce into your pan. As this is heating up, add in your ‘chicken’ and mix together. If your sauce requires thickening, slowly add in more cornstarch until your required consistency. If you have made it too thick, just add a little water.
- Once the ‘chicken’ is cooked, serve with noodles or rice and place on a bed of spinach and asparagus for those extra healthy greens.
- I then topped my recipe with chia seeds (because I had no sesame seeds) and finely chopped asparagus to resemble spring onions, because I didn’t have those either. Instead of going out and buying ingredients you do not have, experiment and come up with a solution so you have no waste as I have!
Light a candle, grab some chopsticks and enjoy!
I hope you like my first ever recipe on my wee blog. I have big plans to continue posting recipes here and as you’ll maybe find, these will always be packed full of vegetables you might not usually find in certain dishes but why waste what you have and we always have a lot of veggies in our fridge. I’m a huge advocate of not wasting food so if I can chuck something into a recipe, I will and I encourage you all to do the same!