Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry

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Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry

I was so thrilled to have my son come home from school to visit last weekend.  I don’t see him too often but we do skype or email to keep in touch. I like using skype because I can actually see him while we talk but sometimes the quality of the connection can be poor. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining…  I simply prefer talk to someone in person than use technology to do it.  Good or bad, having a face to face conversation beats a phone or email converstation hands down.

Whenever my son is home he can always bet on home cooked meals surrounded by friends and family.  No sandwiches, pizza, frozen dinners or anything that bears the slightest resemblance of college student food.  I can’t say that I blame him.  I would feel the exact same way.  I know because, I walked in those same shoes many years ago.

I made my Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry for a quick lunch as my son was packing his bags to go back up to the University.  It’s made with chicken, ramen noodles and a large handful of chopped pak choi fresh picked from my garden.  Pak choi is an Asian variety of green leaf vegetable similar to cabbage or turnips.  It cooks quickly and lends a wonderful flavor and texture to many Asian dishes.

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Pak Choi growing in my garden.  I planted two varieties of this Asian leafy vegetable, a small purple leaf Pak Choi and a large white Bok Choy.

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Bok choy.  This grows more than twice the size of the pac choi.  It is also slower to bolt.

Pak choi or bok choy can be found in many grocery stores and at farmer’s markets.  It’s a cool weather crop so it’s more likely to be found in the fall, winter and spring months.  My Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.  What I like about it is that It’s inexpensive and a great option for a quick lunch or weekday dinner.  My son liked it and I hope that you do too!  Enjoy!  Tessa

Ingredients:

  • 1 package ramen noodles
  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • 1/4 onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 large handful of Pak Choi (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 Tbs Indonesian soy sauce or Kecap Manis
  • 1 tsp canola oil

Begin by boiling 2 cups of water in a sauce pan.  Add ramen noodles.  Save the seasoning packet for another day.  Cook ramen for only for three minutes.  Remove from heat, drain and set aside.  Meanwhile, bring a wok or large fry pan to medium high heat.  Add canola oil.  Now add the onion and bell pepper and cook until the onion is transluscent (about a minute or two).  Add cooked chicken, ramen noodles, pak choi and Indonesian soy sauce.  Cook another few minutes until the chicken has heated through and the pak choi has wilted.  Don’t over cook.   Remove from flame and serve.  Makes one serving.

28 thoughts on “Chicken Pak Choi Stir Fry

  1. hannah

    Beautiful!! I’m going to live through the photos of your garden…I know I always say this, but for real this time- we just went through another blizzard and there is 4 feet of snow in my yard. 4 feet! I’m not dead yet. I can still imagine the smell of the soil under your Bok Choy. :)

    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you Hannah! If I woke up to find 4 feet of snow in my yard, you would hear me sobbing all the way to Duluth! Sounds like Puxatony Phil blew it on his prediction this year… But on the bright side, you can go out in your front yard and make a snow man… and I can’t :).

  2. Martyna@WholesomeCook

    Hi Tessa, that looks fantastic and with those ingredients you’ve absolutely read my mind (cold season here)! Lucky you growing your own, can’t wait till we move house in a few weeks and I can plan my own vege patch!

    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you Rosemary! You reminded me… I’ve tried to find that like button that is so useful on wordpress sites. Any ideas?

  3. Mad Dog

    Ha ha – I remember students living on sandwiches made of dreadful, cheap, white bread and fries, while I made real food. I hope the lovely stir fry give your son some inspiration ;-)

    1. Tessa Post author

      Hey Mad Dog! I learned to cook while working my way through college, so I made sure that my son had the basics before he left. I have a feeling that he does more cooking than he lets on… Know why? My favorite waffle maker is no longer in my kitchen :).

    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you! I use ramen noodles whenever I am out of fresh… This is a really easy college student meal. Cheap, fast and satisfying :).

  4. Roberta

    What a beautiful pak choi in your garden, Tessa! I dream every day about having a garden too :)
    And what a tasty meal, your son is a very lucky boy!

  5. mjskit

    What a perfect lunch idea! We love Bok Choi in the house and I know that we would both fight over the last bite of this bowl of goodness. Sounds like you had a fabulous visit with your son!

  6. jlaceda

    Wow, you have a garden??? With bok choy growing??? I soooo envy you. I wish I had a garden, too, so that I know exactly where my veggies come from :) Love this healthy dish.

    1. Tessa Post author

      Hey Jen! Thank you! My garden is tiny but productive. I do practice organic gardening techniques so I know exactly what is going on our plates :).

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