Stir-Fried Chicken and Mushrooms (Moo Goo Gai Pan)
The secret of this simple Chinese dish is in the thin slicing of the chicken. When cutting the boned chicken breasts, be sure to slice on the diagonal, too, as directed in the recipe, to keep the chicken tender and delicate.
Cut the vegetables first, while the chicken is soaking up the delicious marinade; when spooning them into the skillet, leave any remaining oil right in the pan, where it will help flavor the stir-fried chicken. The other reason to cook the vegetables first, then the chicken: the cornstarch in the chicken's marinade tends to stick to the pan and would stick to the vegetables if the chicken was cooked first.
Last minute, literally: return the vegetables to the skillet, mix with the lightly browned chicken and heat it through -- it will take no more than 2 minutes, then dinner's ready!
(This comes from an unidentified magazine clipping, soaked in oil, that's been in my mother's recipe book for as long as I can remember. I have no idea of the origin, but it's one of our family favorites!)Submitted by: HAFOWLER