Stir-Fried Chicken and Pumpkin; spring whites

This is my last winter squash recipe of the season.

All of the blue pumpkins made it until the end. I butchered the last one last weekend. I used a bit as a vegetable and the rest was turned into pumpkin soup and put in the freezer,

The last spaghetti squash and 2 butternut squashes ended up on the compost pile. I was actually quite pleased that my harvest lasted as long and successfully as it did. I never expect to be able to use it all but this year was better than usual.

But, to be honest, I was very, very happy today buying broccoli, turnips and cabbage.

I wasn’t very precise about how to cut the pumpkin for this – it really depends on the piece you’re working with.

You can use any winter squash you like – or carrots.

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Stir-Fried Chicken and Pumpkin

Any winter squash – or other vegetable will work with this easy stir-fry.

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Stir-Fries, Skillet Dinners

Ingredients

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  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 onion, quartered then sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs minced, fresh ginger
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 10oz (300gr) fresh pumpkin, sliced, in sticks or flat slices
  • 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, trimmed, sliced
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup (2oz, 60ml) sherry
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena, corn flour) dissolved in 2 tbs water
  • Brown Basmati Rice:
  • 1/2 cup (3.3oz, 95gr) brown Basmati rice
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) chicken stock

Instructions

  • Cook rice: Melt butter in small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add rice and sauté, stirring for a minute.  Add stock, cover. Cook rice for length of time on package.
  • When done fluff with fork.
  • While rice cooks: In large skillet or wok heat half of the oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add celery, onion, pumpkin, and stir fry 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic, ginger, mushrooms, and stir-fry 2 minutes longer.
  • Transfer vegetables to a plate.
  • Add the rest of the oil to the skillet along with the chicken.
  • Stir fry 3 minutes.
  • Return the vegetables to the pan and add the chicken stock, sherry, and soy sauce.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 7 – 10 minutes longer, until the vegetables are just tender – but not over-done.
  • Give the cornstarch a stir to recombine and add it to the pan, stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Serve over rice, extra soy sauce on the side.

Notes

Substitute 1/4 tsp powdered ginger for the fresh; and more stock for the sherry

Keywords: stir fry, chicken, pumpkin, mushrooms

Stir-Fried Chicken and Pumpkin

It’s been warm here and spring is exploding.

This is the small, red plum tree by the potager:

All of our plums are tiny, like the yellow Mirabelles, which are only slightly bigger than a cherry. This tree produces dark red plums that are microscopically bigger.

Down by the woods is Guapa’s favorite plum tree:

These plums are red and gold (also tiny). We walk by it 3 times each day and Guapa helps herself to a plum every time.  At the moment she stops and sniffs the flowers, waiting….

I have to pick them for dainty Bonnie.

There is the start of blossoms on the Mirabelles which are in the woods on the left.

Another part of country life:

Someone caught breakfast just outside our garden gate.

I assume it was a hawk or other raptor catching a dove. They always pluck them before flying off with their catch.

Well, almost always…..

One morning I apparently interrupted a raptor in the middle of the task. I let the dogs out and there was a dead pigeon in the grass, still fully feathered.

I brought the dogs back inside while I dealt with the remains. When I went back out it was gone.

I was happy the raptor got his meal – and that I didn’t have to deal with it.

Occasionally we’ll see a circle of bunny fur.

Life in the country.

8 thoughts on “Stir-Fried Chicken and Pumpkin; spring whites”

  1. I will now have this recipe on my mind until Mardi Gras is over!! It is this time of the year that my husband seems to want all that Crawfish and Gumbo and Jambalaya and red beans & rice and plate fulls of those hot mudbugs with corn and potatoes!! Since we really don’t do much frozen Crawfish, this next week will belong to him, bless his sweet heart! Thank you for all the delicious recipes I have on my “to make” list! We’ll be heading to France late June this year because we are doing an Alaskan cruise with our daughter, her husband and his parents. We are looking forward to it!

    • I’ve always wanted to do an Alaskan cruise – should be wonderful! As to the Mardi Gras influenced menus…. I’ve never had any of them! Apparently I’ve lived a sheltered life lol. It all sounds good, tho. June will be lovely when you arrive on this side of the pond – just in time for cherries (in the north) I think.

  2. This looks yummy but of course, it would have to be sans pumpkin…

    Thank you for the pictures! I’m looking out the front window at half a foot of snow still. We’re getting snow later today and then periodically throughout the week. I get to the point around this time each year where the longing to sit on the back deck is overwhelming. Instead, I stand in front of the big doorwall and just stare out into the back yard, waiting…waiting…*sigh*

    I found a dead crow last year, nestled in one of my flowerbeds. It looked like he’d just laid down and died. I felt bad for him because he was, I think, part of the three I’d been seeing all the time out here starting a few months after we moved here. They have always seemed a lot bigger than the crows we would see at our previous house and I was surprised to see this one up close. He had to be a good 18 inches. The other two stayed around through the summer and then disappeared for a month or so. Now, they’re back and they’ve picked up two more so we officially have a murder of crows.

    We also have two pairs of nesting eagles on one of the lakes about two miles from me. I watched a juvenile flying over the house this week. HOLY CROW! Talk about huge! I have a yard full of voles and I occasionally see in the snow where a large bird stalked one of them, but I don’t see the remains or really any indication that they took it other than the footprints stop. I know it’s the circle and all that, but I’m one of those who finds it hard to see so I’m glad they don’t pick their food apart in my yard.

    Sorry about the chatty, it’s been a long week…

    • If the bird is big enough, and the prey small enough, I think they take them some place safer to clean. I had a hawk catch a vole 2 feet from my kitchen window once – scared the crap out of me lol.
      That is / was a huge crow.
      I do not envy, nor want anything to do with your snow. I always hated March in the Midwest – promise followed by the basketball tournament blizzards.

    • I came back to tell you, it’s 17 out right now at almost 9am, but it’s supposed to hit 30 today and the sun is really shining! I have been desperate enough when it’s like this that I dress in a lot of layers and go out to sit on the porch swing. Is it silly? Maybe. But it’s sunny and it’s outside! When it hits about 45, you bet I’ll be opening the windows 😉

      • We used to go for a bike ride when it hit 40… 50 was cause for a picnic! Yes, I remember those days…. Find a protected spot in the sun and soak it up!!!

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