“I can’t believe he said that!” But, I did. I said it and I intended to. I know you are a sensitive soul and are easily offended. But, I just had to say it. I said it so you would recognise yourself and say “Yes, perhaps I am a ‘lazy B’. That’s why I don’t cook any of Conor’s lovely recipes. I like to look at the nice pictures and imagine how the food must taste. That’s satisfaction enough for me.” If you do, then this is a dish for you. I’ve even named it for you “Lazy Bastards’ Ginger Chicken“. It is simplicity itself to prepare and is a total delight. Who knows, it might make a cook out of you too.
The ingredients list is as short as the time you should stay offended by the dish title (I might not really mean you).
Ingredients (for two)
- 4 boneless, skinless free range chicken thighs.
- Half a tablespoon of corn flour (corn starch)
- 2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon of rice wine (or your maiden aunt’s sherry)
- 5cm (2 inches) of root ginger
- A generous handful of green beans
- You will need a little sunflower oil for frying too.
Slice the chicken, across the grain, into strips. Peel the ginger and slice into small pieces. Add the chicken, cornstarch and ginger to a bowl. Stir to incorporate.
Leave this in the fridge while you go back to the couch for an hour long rest.
Get your lazy ass back in the kitchen and trim and half the beans. Heat a wok. Add the little oil and when it’s smoking, add the chicken.
If you don’t have the luxury of a commercial wok set up (If you do, you are a lucky B.) add the chicken a few pieces at a time. Cook, stirring for a few minutes. Add the rice wine. Tip the wok towards the flame and burn off the excess alcohol, being careful to not burn your face.
Add the beans and stir for about a minute. Add the soy sauce and stir for a couple of minutes. The sauce will thicken and be ready to serve.
Dish it up over some boiled rice. Sit down and enjoy a truly delicious, healthy dish. There is so little effort involved and it is just so tasty.
As you can see above, there is no real skill needed to prepare this dish. If you are truly a lazy B, I encourage you to try it. If you are an energetic, fit young thing, reading this while running on a treadmill, you might like it too. It’s just that ‘Healthy Ginger Chicken‘ doesn’t make much of a headline. Enjoy.