Sunday, June 06, 2010

Chinese Celery and Chicken Stir-Fry

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With the exception of Celery, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad or Sichuan/Szechwan Celery Salad, it's not often that celery takes center stage in a dish. More often, celery is lost amongst the onions and carrots that form the base of most soups and stews. As a side, it's a cooling contrast to fiery Sriracha Buffalo Wings.

Chinese celery, which seems to be even more concentrated in celery flavor, can be a bit much all on its own. Used as a garnish, it offers a nice bite to Hu Tieu Saigon (Vietnamese Clear Noodle Soup with Barbecued Pork and Shrimp). But if you're in the camp that more celery flavor is a good thing, then this Chinese Celery and Chicken Stir-Fry is just for you.

The natural sweetness of the chicken pairs well with celery so there's little else needed except a bit of oyster sauce to add some savoriness. Obviously, if you can't find Chinese celery where you are, substituting with regular celery is just fine.

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Chinese Celery and Chicken Stir-Fry

For about 4 servings as a side dish, you'll need:
1 bunch Chinese celery (about 3 to 4 cups) cut into 2-inch pieces
1 boneless chicken thigh or breast, cut into 1/2-inch by 1-inch strips
1 tblsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tblsp Chinese oyster sauce

Chinese celery looks mostly like normal celery, but with thinner stems. It can be found in most Asian grocery stores. Cut the bunch into about 2-inch long segments. Wash and set aside.

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Cut the boneless chicken thigh or breast into about 1/2-inch by 2-inch strips. Season with 1 tblsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp sugar. Mix thoroughly.

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In a pan on medium high heat, drizzle a bit of oil and add the chicken.

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The chicken should cook in minutes.

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When the chicken is cooked through, add the Chinese celery.

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Add about 1 tblsp of oyster sauce and quickly saute until the celery is just wilted.

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That's it. Plate and serve.

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Other quick stir-fries:
Chinese Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry
Chinese Bok Choy Sauteed with Garlic
Chinese Red Spinach Sauteed with Fermented Bean Curd
Chinese Sauteed Lettuce with Oyster Sauce 
Chinese Water Spinach Stir-fried with Garlic and Fermented Bean Curd

1 year ago today, pink roses.
2 years ago today, Chinese Mango Chicken Stir-Fry.
3 years ago today, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Rancho Cucamonga.


  1. So easy, flavorful and good for you! Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to make this!

  2. Sounds delicious! What other dishes would you serve to accompany this side? A soup, heartier main?

  3. Mocinder,
    I don't know what it is about eating a whole plate of celery, but I always feel so healthy afterward.

    I actually served this dish with 3-cup chicken. See previous post for the recipe. I think the braised sauce of the chicken nicely complemented the greens. Also, both dishes had chicken so I could cook two dishes at the same time. :P But usually, I would do a light soup, a vegetable stir-fry, and a meat dish for a meal. Well, when it's not just me eating anyway.


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