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Budget, Chicken

Jim’s Chicken with Pak Choi

I have been so busy lately with other things that I haven’t been doing much ‘new’ cooking. Last night was another one of those situations where most of the things I’d bought earlier in the week had been whittled down and I was left with a pack of chicken thighs and some pak choi. It’s kind of like a MasterChef Mystery Box and it’s quite a bit of fun.

This list of ingredients isn’t what I had in the house, this is a list of the ingredients that I think would make this dish as good as it can be. I’ll explain what I used a little later on. This is a dish for 2 people.


Not quite the best ingredients but close…


  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into bite size pieces
  • 4 pak choi bulbs, halved
  • 3 tbsp dark soy
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 4 x spring onion, chopped
  • 2 x fresh red chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 inch of ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • Cornflour for dusting
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar

Method of Preparation:

  1. Combine the sliced chicken with 2 tbsp of the dark soy in a bowl and set aside
  2. In a wok, or large deep sided frying pan, gently heat the cooking oil with the spring onion, chilli, ginger, garlic and pak choi. Keep everything moving to avoid burning anything.
  3. Remove the chicken pieces from the bowl and drag them through the cornflour to give them a covering
  4. Add the chicken to the pan and keep it all moving for a couple of minutes until the chicken is cooked
  5. Add the remaining tbsp of soy, the sesame oil and the rice vinegar, give it all a good stir and serve straight away

We were only after a light dinner so we had it on it’s own but this would go great with some egg fried rice.

Light and quick and tasty!

I used chicken thigh which is tastier than breast in my opinion but it doesn’t look great in this kind of dish. Also I had no fresh chillies so I used pickled which were alright but you don’t get that fresh zing out of them. Tell you what though this was still lovely and I look forward to ‘prettying it up’ a little. When I do I’ll post the picture of that meal here too for comparison.


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