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Posted on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 4:31 a.m.

Stir-fried Peanut Chicken with Eggplant and Shiitakes - with advance prep, dish comes together quickly

By Peggy Lampman


Stir-Fried Peanut Chicken with Eggplant & Shiitakes

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Tonight's week-day supper includes ingredients that can altered, mixed and matched according to your leftovers and palate.


Make sure to assemble your ingredients in advance; after that the dish comes together quickly.

Any vegetable that strikes your fancy could be substituted for the eggplant and shiitakes: carrots, baby corn, water chestnuts, bok choy or broccoli come to mind. As far as the protein, slivered beef or tofu may be substituted for the chicken.

I had 1/2 of a package of Asian rice noodles in my cupboard - I think they must be at least a year old. I cooked them according to package directions and they were delicious tossed with the stir-fry. Rice would be a fine substitute, as well.

Time: 40 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 2-3 servings


2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sherry or Madeira
1- 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
1 cup chicken or mushroom stock
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons peanut or sesame oil
2 small eggplant, ends trimmed and sliced into 1/4-inch thick coins (2 cups)
3-4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts
Chopped cilantro, optional
Red pepper flakes, optional


  1. Whisk together soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sherry or Madeira on a large platter. Let chicken sit in marinade while you prep the remaining ingredients, turning once to coat both sides. Combine cornstarch and stock and reserve.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil to high heat and cook chicken 1-2 minutes per side until just cooked through. Remove and reserve.
  3. In same pan, reduce heat to medium high, add additional tablespoon oil, then stir-fry eggplant 2-3 minutes or until just browned. Add shiitakes and stir fry another minute. Then add stock mixture, garlic, ginger, reserved chicken and peanuts and cook 2 additional minutes, stirring.
  4. Garnish with cilantro, red pepper flakes, and/or chopped peanuts, if using.
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