What do your favorite lipstick colors and favorite restaurant dishes have in common? They can disappear without notice or explanation. Right?
That’s what happened to this chicken and eggplant stir-fry at a good Chinese restaurant close to our house. Gone from the menu! No warning or notice. Nobody even asked our opinion. We were able to get it by special request for awhile, but not anymore. I had no choice but to recreate this delicacy in my own kitchen. On the positive side, I can make it cheaper and healthier. (I’m pretty sure they deep-fried the eggplant.)
I freely admit this isn’t the exact recipe. Unfortunately, I’m not friends with the chef. But we love it and it’s another way to get more veggies, and specifically, more eggplant. If you try it, I hope you like it.
- 2 cups cold chicken broth or water
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ cup oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon (or less) Sriracha Sauce
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (I like avocado oil), divided
- 1 pound eggplant, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, halved, seeded, and chopped
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 3 scallions (green onions), sliced thinly for garnish
- Whisk together broth, vinegar, cornstarch, oyster sauce, tomato paste and Sriracha in a medium bowl and set aside.
- Add 3 tablespoons oil to large, preheated nonstick skillet. When oil begins to smoke, add eggplant and saute until all sides are golden brown. Stir in soy sauce. Remove eggplant cubes from skillet to a separate dish.
- Add remaining tablespoon of oil to now empty skillet. When oil is shimmering, add ground chicken and break up with a spatula. Fry until chicken is nicely browned. Add jalapeno pepper, garlic, and ginger to meat while continuing to stir occasionally for 2-3 minutes.
- Add sauce to skillet containing chicken. Return eggplant to the skillet and continue to cook until sauce thickens. Sprinkle scallions over the top as garnish. Serve with rice.
Ground turkey is an acceptable substitute for the chicken.
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