Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Quick Chicken Stir Fry -- for the kids

"Baby A loves to tickle and get tickled. She will stand in front of her big sis, pick up her sis's shirt and poke her sis's belly button saying "tikol-tikol". Big Sis S will stand there, wriggle, laugh out loud and aid the process. Wrapped up in such laughter, I pause my worries about Baby A's health and join in the merriment"

"We are back from a late dinner. Baby A is still awake, doesn't want to sleep yet though its way past bed time. I put both the sisters to bed, trying in vain to make them sleep. Big Sis S holds baby A tight, sings a "made up" song and pats vigorously. Strangely Baby A falls asleep. Doesn't happen every day but when it does, is the rare times that I feel blessed"

"Big Sis S is excited about an age old Mac, that her Dad has handed down to her. She browses over to Nick Jr to play something. Then she asks her Dad "Pichone tar ta ki lagano ache?"(Is the computer plugged in ?). "Why would you need it to be plugged in?" asks her Dad wondering if the battery is low. "This game here says Flash Plug-in required", she says"

"Baby A will call her Baba -- Babba, she will call her sis -- Babba, she will call me -- Babba. Unless she is in distress she will not say "Mamma" and if I say "Mamma bolo, Mamma" she will pat herself. Weird !!!" Recent Update: she is now calling me "Mamma", hurray but only 50% of the time

I am thankful for these moments. I am thankful for the freedom to blog, to retreat into a world where I can forget my cares. I am thankful for being around.

Appreciate the small moments that each day brings and once in a while try to be thankful for them. I am not a pro at this, just trying.

Happy Thanksgiving. See you all next week.

While you are busy making the turkey or whatever that you do on Thanksgiving, you might need a simple yet appetizing recipe for the kiddos. This Quick Stir Fry Chicken is really quick and easy and tastes great. Every kid should love it, ok at least like it.

"Does S, your almost 6 year old, like it ?" you, the regular reader might ask.

I would gulp a few and be totally honest, just because you are the regular reader.

"Well I am not sure", I will say. "She liked it at least 3 times in the last 3 years and that is something."

And then I will say "But the last time I made it which is just a couple days back, she preferred the Pepper Shrimp to Chicken Stir fry. Actually even the other kid who was invited, took several servings of Pepper Shrimp and only one of this."

Just ignore that discussion, I love this dish and so does D. I follow almost the same recipe when I make a chili chicken, will post that sometime. For now, if you have adults in mind add some chopped green chilis and a dash of hot sauce, it will make them swoon.


Quick Chicken Stir Fry

Marinate 2& 1/2 -- 3 lb chicken cut in small pieces with
1 tsp of Garlic paste,
1 tsp of Ginger paste,
and salt for an hour or half

When you are ready to cook add
1&1/2 tsp of Soy Sauce or Tamari,
1 beaten egg
& 1 tbsp of Corn flour
to the chicken pieces and combine

Heat Oil in a wok or kadhai or a saute pan

Add the chicken pieces in a single layer and fry till they are lightly browned. Remove the lightly fried chicken pieces and keep aside

To the same oil, add 1 clove of garlic finely minced. Note: If for grownups, add 2-3 green chili finely chopped

When you get the flavor of garlic( careful don't burn the garlic) add 1 cup sliced onions. Fry till onion is pinkish brown.

Add 1/2 cup of french cut beans and 1 red/yellow/green bell pepper thinly sliced. Saute for 2-3 minutes

Add 1 tsp of Soy sauce + 1-2 tsp of tomato ketchup(the kids brand) + salt and mix. Note: Soy sauce has salt so careful. Instead of tomato ketchup add some Hot sauce or Sambal Olek if it intended for grown ups.

Add the fried chicken pieces & saute for couple more minutes combining the sauce and veggies. Add about 1/4 cup of water and cook uncovered till chicken is done

Serve with fried rice or noodles

Similar Recipes:

Chicken Fry

Ginger Chicken -- My Style


  1. Corn flour and soy sauce e coated chicken ami popcorn er moton khayi :-)

    Sandeepa tomar meye ekhono bangla bolay. DD1 stopped speaking bangla or hindi once she started school ;-( tho' she started again very fluently when we were in India. DD2 never spoke other than a few words, blinding following big sis. hindi bangla dutoi 100% bojhe, kintu shedin amake jiggesh korlo ami spanish bolchi kina .. ki kori boloto?

    we now call the belly button as the laugh button.

    Hugs and Happy thanksgiving.. we are fortunate indeed in many ways.

  2. Shrimp wins every time so it was not an even match to begin with. This does look good.
    I will see you soon I hope.

  3. Sandeepa i can assure you that us grown ups would love this too. Enjoy your holidays. Your post reminded me of my kiddy days when I was plump and extremely ticklish.

    I am not that ticklish now :)

  4. Lovely...very homey..very comfy..and very very delectable :)

  5. happy thanksgiving to you too! n that chicken recipe looks simple enought o whip up for a weekday dinner.

  6. Baby A's health? Hope she is ok. Amar o ei stir fry khub bhalo lage .. ki chotpot hoye jaye tai na. :-) Pepper prawns ta ekbar try korte hobe. Tomar blog roll e sthaan pelam finally! :-)

  7. Is baby A one year old? Having two kids should be fun in many way I guess :)
    Grown up version sounds spicy and delectable!
    Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the break!

  8. Surely kids will like it...nice click.

  9. yeah I too love the moments when my elder son and yunger girl play together. Its such a bliss to watch thm from a hiding place. This stir fry looks very simple but yeah shrips ae shrimps ;)

  10. I loved reading this post, especially when the baby fell asleep on big sis.
    Moments like this makes us feel indeed we are very lucky people.
    Happy Thanks giving and hugs to both your little ones.

  11. lovely post as always,..enjoyed reading

  12. that's so sweet of the elder sis patting & singing to make her asleep, so lovely, moments to cherish and admire!!

    we don't celebrate thanksgiving here, so any quick to make delicious dishes are the most welcome :):)....sometimes, I have a hard time to decide what to prepare , so recipes like these come to the rescue :)
    my teddies will sure love that!!

  13. Sandepa,

    yeah we should be thankful to God for everything we have ...small or big ...I love that conversation as if it's all happening in front of my eyes live!!
    and thank you too for sharing so yummy recipes and so interesting, amazing stories with us ..
    who says it is for Kids only..if that is so then I am also a kid then :) ..give me that...
    hugs and smiles

  14. Two months ago, when I taught my baby niece to say "I love you", she said it pretty well. Now she's two months older, and says "Ahdaadoo" when I ask her to say it!!!

  15. same here Sandeepa, amar cheletao sab expression dite babba bole...
    chicken ta dekhte besh bhalo aar sab theke bhalo holo eta besh quick recipe...hubby'r jonyo chat kore banano jabe.

    Happy Thanks giving to all of you!

  16. Hi Sandeepa,

    Nice pic and very nice dish.Best is its fast and easy.I will try out soon for my husband..he is a PAKKA NON-VEGGIE..

    I prepare chili chicken almost like this but with lil deviation..

    Great to hear abt your kiddo's..
    Happy Thanksgiving ..have a great weekend.

  17. Loved the plug-in anecdote :) And I am loving this chicken, the adult version with the chilies :)
    Happy Thanksgiving Sandeepa, enjoy the break!

  18. Soma is so right, these fried chicken can be really gulped like popcorns :).
    Sandeepa, amar jethur meye got married to a Spanish, and they stay in US. Their kid put in English, Spanish and Bengali in his sentences. It becomes almost impossible to decipher what is asking for :).
    Hope you are a having a nice Thanksgiving week.

  19. i know ur title says for kids, but i really really wouldn't mind some of this :D

  20. Looks amazing - perfect for a weeknight dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  21. I enjoyed ur write-up as usual. Thats the beauty of having two kids,right. Liked ur stir-fry chicken.

  22. How's baby A now? hope all ok.

    K (who is almost 5) while not fussy about food per se, has some texture issues. So she gulps down crunchy veggies, but slightly fleshy, slick meat/veg makes her gag. So, this crispy chicken sounds like a good recipe for her!

  23. Hi Sandeepa!!

    Tried ur quick chicken stir fry!! It was yummy!! Thanks for the recipe


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