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Homemade Stir Fry Sauce

I’ve been sharing a lot of stir fry recipes over the past few months. The great thing about making a stir fry is that you can put almost any vegetable in the pan, and it will taste good. This recipe is unique because I made my own stir fry sauce this time. I found this article on Food and Family detailing several different stir fry sauces. I thought both of the lemon sauces looked good, so I decided to try combining the recipes.

Lemon Stir Fry Sauce

I used an interesting combination of vegetables in this stir fry-pepper, carrots, celery, onion, and cabbage. Yum!

Lemon Stir Fry
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Serves: 4
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • Grated peel of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • ½ large head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  1. Combine lemon juice and peel, chicken broth, soy sauce, sugar, and crushed red pepper flakes. Marinate the chicken breast in 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce while you chop the rest of the vegetables, about 15 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of peanut oil in wok or large skillet. Drain chicken, discarding marinade. Stir fry chicken and garlic until cooked through. Remove from wok.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the wok. Add onion, carrots, and celery. Stir fry until they just start to soften.
  4. Add peppers and cabbage. Continue to stir fry until everything is tender crisp.
  5. Return chicken to the wok. Add reserved lemon sauce. Stir fry until everything is heated through.
  6. Serve over rice.


Lots of Veggies Stir Fry

Somehow, I ended up with a lot of stir fry vegetables this week. Between what I got in our CSA box, what came out of our garden, and what I overbought at the grocery store last week, I had a nice variety of colorful goodness to put into the wok. I also had a lime that wasn’t going to make it much longer, so decided to make a lime based sauce.

Lime and Chli Garlic Sauce Stir Fry

This was pretty spicy. If you want less heat, cut back on the chili garlic sauce. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Broccoli would have been great in this. I ended up with a total of about 8 cups of vegetables.

Lime and Chili Garlic Stir Fry
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Oriental
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Serves: 4-6
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large yellow squash, thinly sliced
  • 3 bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • ½ large red onion, thinly sliced
  • large handful snow peas, strings removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce (found in the Oriental foods aisle)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in wok. Stir fry chicken until cooked through. Remove from pan and keep hot.
  2. Add remaining oil to wok. Add all the vegetables, and stir fry until tender crisp. Add chicken back into the pan.
  3. Combine broth, lime juice, soy sauce, and chili garlic sauce. Whisk in cornstarch and pour over the stir fry. Continue to stir fry for another minute, until sauce thickens. Serve over hot rice.