Easy Peasy Szechuan

United States
November 5, 2011 11:25am CST
I am about to sing the praises of my rice cooker...again! I love it! The other night I had the notion to make some Chinese and so was looking through the sauces in the Chinese section of the grocery store. I decided it had been too long since I had some Szechuan so I bought a bottle of that sauce and headed home with it. It was so easy! All I did was put the rice in the cooker with the water, added the chicken and sauce, a few veggies and voila! Easy Szechuan Chicken in less than an hour! And hardly any prep! Aren't these ready made sauces a wonder? Mind you, I toyed with getting the powder and making my own sauce. It would have been less expensive but I was unsure of the quality of the powder and I could see the bits of pepper in the bottled sauce. Since I had never made Szechuan before I wanted to be as sure as I could that it would turn out good. And it did. If you'd like to check out the recipe, you can have a look at my blog. What short cuts have you found useful in your adventures in cooking? When I was young my mother used to make Chow Mein but that was the extent of her Chinese cooking. I have tried making sweet and sour and have a couple recipes that I like to use more than others. What dishes do you like to make? Have you ever had a Chinese recipe flop on you? Please share your stories. Thanks much.
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@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
6 Nov 11
We make a stir fry. We cut up onions and chicken, and while they are cooking with soy sauce in the frying pan, we are nuking frozen veggies (we used Normandy Blend) and cooking noodles. After the meat/onions are cooked, we add a drained can of bamboo shoots, mushrooms and bean sprouts, then the nuked veggies with more soy sauce and then put them over the noodles (or rice, but generally noodles) Sometimes we add orange juice or TrueOrange to it too
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• United States
6 Nov 11
wow...that is a production! lol...I can't stand over the stove so I love my rice cooker cuz I can just throw stuff in there and forget it. Sounds good, though. Except maybe for nuking the veggies. I don't use microwaves anymore because I read an article that said that microwaves change the molecular structure of food and make them carcinogenic. I fully intend to avoid any cancer-causing items as much as possible. lol I'd rather the diabetes take me, although my kidneys will probably fail first.
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@ElicBxn (60810)
• United States
6 Nov 11
that whole microwave is one those urban myths, and a lot of this can be done sitting down
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• United States
6 Nov 11
Au contraire, my friend. I worked for a friend of mine on her magazine in California and that is where I got my information, not from some flybynight source. I don't miss the microwave at all and I don't take chances where cancer is concerned. There are those out there who claim that smoking causing cancer is also an urban legend. All I know is that when I had my colonoscopy last year I got a clean bill of health and I intend to continue to.
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