Written by Myriam Bernal. Visit her on Instagram at @mygleehub
Are you looking for a quick, easy and delicious recipe to try? Or curious what the Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken is all about? Learn from a local food influencer like Myriam Bernal the blogger behind @mygleehub
The new year has started, and the routine is settling in. This could mean returning physically to our regular activities or squeezing each member of the family in a home corner to attend a Zoom class or have a conference call. Life gets busy and it is challenging to find moments to slow down.
As a full-time working mom and homemaker, every evening I try to reclaim an hour to reunite my family over dinner. This is the time to reconnect, talk about our day, laugh and make family memories.
Create Family Memories with an Easy, Fast & Delicious Recipes
It has been my goal to come up with recipes that are fast and easy but also delicious for my family to share around the table. This is the food that hopefully someday my kids will crave when they are gone, and the flavors that will bring them back home excited to visit.
Growing up, I was not much around the kitchen. I just knew a few cooking basics when I got married. It was not until my husband and I moved abroad to Los Angeles as newlyweds, that I found myself in my own tiny kitchen. Being a student, I did not have much time to cook and the budget was tight. Additionally, our little university apartment kitchen came without a stove, which we solved buying a countertop 2 burner hot plate for 20 bucks… a bargain!
Find your Kitchen Passion and Build your Recipe Repitoire
Fast forward 20 years and here we are. Life took its course and this wonderful country adopted us and became home. We grew our roots and with time became a family of 4. Slowly, I also started finding my way in the kitchen. I developed a deep love for cooking books, especially those with pretty and colorful pictures. I started exploring new ingredients.
My recipe repertoire started growing and changing with time, but still I was always on the hunt for easy, fast and tasty dinner options. Restaurant escapades, cooking shows and friends from all over the world, kept adding new flavors to my book. Lalaland is a rainbow of colors, rhythms and flavors. However, with routine, a challenge has always been to keep the recipes varied and not getting stuck preparing the same things.
Important Tip: Keep Simple and Versatile Ingredients
When it comes to a quick weekday family dinner, simple and versatile ingredients are always the best. Since those years of student’s budget and cooking in a hot plate, chicken has always been on my list. Some might find it boring, but with the right ingredients and spices, chicken can be a party in your plate!
Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken: The Recipe Inspiration
This recipe is a big family favorite. It came to me years ago, when my cousin Luis came to visit from Australia. Single and a student overseas as well, he had learned some kitchen tricks of his own. At the end of his short visit, Luis asked gracefully if he could make dinner. What a treat for us!
As we shopped together, I noticed two ingredients that I was not familiar with. Ginger, I had not used much; but the real discovery was Sweet Chili Sauce. I had never heard of it! That evening Luis prepared a delicious dinner in a blink of an eye. There were no ingredient measurements or a written recipe. I just watched him and mentally took note as we shared a beer. Since then, when I make this recipe, I simply eyeball and adjust the flavors to my liking, and it always hits the spot!
My Secret Fresh Flavors with a Kick
This chicken dish is an explosion of flavor. The ginger and cilantro make it fresh to the palate, and it has a kick to it without being spicy. My older son has loved this dish since that first day we tried it when he was 2 years old. As he was growing up, he would simply call it “chicken, peppers and rice”.
We have informally kept the name, and when I announce there is “chicken, peppers and rice” for dinner, there is always excitement in response. There is nothing more gratifying than cooking something you know your loved ones are going to enjoy. And what a bonus if it’s an easy recipe!
I hope you try it and like it as much as we do. I have cooked this dish for many family members and friends. Once they try it in our home, they never leave without asking for the recipe.
Sweet Chili Ginger Chicken Recipe
3-4 chicken breasts
2 red Bell Peppers
1 white or yellow onion
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger
½ cup Sweet Chili Sauce
Cube the chicken breasts in even bite size pieces. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Add oil of preference to a wok or pan and set the stove to high heat. When sizzling hot, cook the chicken until golden brown but not totally cooked through. Remove chicken from the pan. Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Julienne (cut in long thin strips) the onion and the red bell peppers, add to the pan and cook until smooth. Add chicken and its juices back to the pan with the vegetables and cook together for a couple more minutes until the chicken is cooked. Add sweet chili sauce and chopped ginger. Mix and let cook for a minute. Add the chopped cilantro to the pan and mix.
Serve over rice with additional cilantro as garnish.