Brandy has always really loved cooking! Throughout her childhood, she and her mom would watch the Food Network. She remembers mornings in high school where they would wake up, turn on the Food Network, and just sit on the couch and drool over what Giada and Paula were cooking instead of making their own breakfast. When she started college, she would cook for herself all the time. Now, her husband, Quinn, does most of the cooking, as she has become too lazy. When she does cook, her favorite things to make are cheese and spinach omelettes, grilled teriyaki chicken, steak (she says "I LOVE steak"), baked fries (similar to Five Guys’ fries), and pizza. She is absolutely obsessed with pizza! However, her absolute favorite thing is Quinn’s “Stir Fry-day” dish. When Quinn and Brandy were living in Virginia together last year, he would make a noodle chicken stir fry every single Friday night, hence “Stir Fry-day.” It’s his recipe, but she helps make it!
This recipe is very simple to make, it just involves a lot of chopping up of vegetables.
Brandy and Quinn’s “Stir Fry-day” Dish (Serves Two or a Very Hungry One)
-1 Whole Skinless Boneless Chicken Breast
-1 Small to Medium Zucchini
-1 Large Carrot
-1 Small Sweet Onion
-4 Button Mushrooms
-1 Head of Broccoli
-1 - 7 oz. package Udon Stir Fry Noodles (we use KA-ME brand - includes two pre-cooked 7 oz. packages)
-1 Bottle of Beer (Lager is best!)
-1 cup Teriyaki Sauce (we use Mr. Yoshida’s Original Sweet Teriyaki)
-Salt and Pepper (to taste)
-Red Pepper Flakes (for added heat, if desired)
-Oil (to cook chicken in pan)
1. In the morning, make time to cut up all your vegetables (that would be the zucchini, carrot, onion, mushrooms, and broccoli - oh yeah!) and the chicken (cubes or strips - it’s up to you) before you go to work. Place veggies and chicken in a bag with teriyaki sauce, a nice beer (your favorite lager), salt and pepper to marinate all day. If you forget to do all this or you don’t want to do this so early in the morning, it’s not a big deal. You can just do all your cutting and add the teriyaki sauce at dinner time.
2. When you get home from work and want to eat dinner, take the marinated veggies and chicken out of the fridge. If you opted out of marinating, chop veggies and chicken now and continue on. Get a large saute pan and set burner to medium-ish heat with oil in the pan. Throw that veggie/chicken party mix right in the pan with the teriyaki sauce, salt and pepper awesome-ness it was marinating in - yum!
3. While chicken is cooking, change into some comfy pajamas to get ready for some teriyaki goodness.
4. When chicken is cooked all the way through, break open those udon noodles (if you got KA-ME brand) and follow the instructions on the package - add them to your pan of yummy chicken and veggies. These udon noodles are already cooked and only need about 2 minutes to heat up, so you don’t have to worry about cooking another thing (thank goodness!).
5. As soon as noodles are hot, pour that stir fry deliciousness into two bowls (or one if you want it all for yourself). Add red pepper flakes if you would like an extra kick after your long day at work. Enjoy!
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