Chicken stir-fry

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A Stir-Fry with a Few Surprising Tricks
Like many of us, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen author Dana Cowin used to be disappointed with her stir-fried chicken with vegetables (translation: bland city). Then she learned a few tricks; and now, she's got a new favorite weeknight dish. This recipe explains exactly how to do it, but one of the keys is to let the pan drippings get crusty and brown; when you pour in a bit of water, the browned bits release from the pan and make an astonishing sauce, along with fragrant sautéed ginger, shallot, scallion, garlic, celery and peanuts.

Get the recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry with Celery and Peanuts