12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons dry sherry (we used water instead)
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup bias-sliced carrots
2 cups fresh pea pods, tips and strings removed, or one 6-ounce package frozen pea pods, thawed
4 green onions, bias-sliced into 1-inch pieces (1/2 cup)
1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts
Hot cooked rice
1. Cut chicken into 1-inch pieces; set aside.
2. For sauce, stir together sherry, soy sauce, water, fish sauce (if using), cornstarch, and red pepper. Set aside.
3. Pour oil into a wok or large skillet. (If necessary, add more oil during cooking.) Heat over medium-high heat. Add ginger and garlic to wok; cook and stir for 15 seconds. Add carrot; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add pea pods and green onions; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes more or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from wok.
4. Add chicken to hot wok. Cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Push chicken from center of wok. Stir sauce; add to center of wok. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Return vegetables to wok. Stir in peanuts. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through. Serve with rice. Makes 4 servings.
Notes: I enjoyed this stir fry quite a bit, but for our kids I think Thai Peanut Chicken is still the winner. There is an updated version of this recipe of the BHG website that replaces the sherry with rice wine and modifies some of the amounts and directions slightly. Compare also with Thai Peanut Noodles.
Source: Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book 12th Edition.