After a long holiday, it’s amazing how much left-overs one can have on hand. If you are like me, I hate to toss perfectly good food. Moreover, I detest it when my perishables go to waste. It irks me when I see wilted carrots and other wholesome veggies begging to be rescued. It’s like hard-earned money going down the drain.

So, with that said, I ventured to the veggie tray and retrieved what I had in same. I managed to grab and salvage a couple of carrots and a few florets of broccoli that still had their beautiful green hue. On my way out I fetched a half of an onion that I had wrapped in a piece of plastic along with a few grape tomatoes I got on sale. With a quick reach in the freezer, I snatched the left-over asparagus/brown rice from a week ago. All I needed was the pack of chicken tenderloin that I had previously cut in strips. These were seasoned with salt, pepper, and crushed garlic.

Some of the ingredients for home-made Chinese dish
Some of the ingredients for home-made Chinese dish(hoisin chicken/veggies)

I was on a mission. I was going make a home-made Chinese dish. A few days before I had purchased a bottle of the hoisin sauce for a little over $3.00. This sweet and salty sauce is like a plum sauce in Chinese cooking. It’s main contents are: peanut sauce, soy, molasses, honey, etc. It’s excellent for a great dip and for marinating meats, fish or poultry.

Once in a while I like to order a meal at my neighborhood Chinese eatery. But, not today. Thus, I went to work. The cooking was a breeze because half the work was already done. Therefore, all I did was to cut up my veggies. I blanched  the veggies so as to retain and  bring out the natural colors.

After veggies were dried I did a quick stir-fry on medium to high heat. I made sure to season along with pinch of salt and pepper. And because it was a hoisin sauce dish, I drizzled a teaspoon or two of the sauce with a splash of red wine vinegar I had on hand. In less than five minutes I had a crunchy stir-fry dish of veggies ready.

Stir-fried veggies
Stir-fried veggies

Chicken tenderloin pieces were lightly dredged in a mix of bread crumbs and whole-wheat flour. Then in a hot skillet,  with a drizzle of olive oil, chicken was fried for approximately two to three minutes on each side until brown in color.

Chicken pieces/grape tomatoes on skewers
Chicken pieces/grape tomatoes on skewers

After placing chicken on paper towel to remove excess oil, chicken strips and grape tomatoes were placed on skewers. I made sure to soak skewers for at least 15 minutes so as to prevent burning under broiler. Skewered chicken and tomatoes were then brushed with hoisin sauce and placed on foiled tin sheet. This was then placed under broiler for a couple of minutes.

I served my hoisin chicken and assorted veggies with left-over steamed asparagus/brown rice along with extra dipping hoisin sauce. Now, all I need is my fortune cookie! I’ll pass.

Skewered chicken &tomatoes with hoisin sauce with steamed asparagus/brown rice and stir-fried veggies
Skewered chicken &tomatoes with hoisin sauce with steamed asparagus/brown rice and stir-fried veggies

Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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