I wanted to share this SUPER quick and easy Chop Suey recipe because it helps me use up left over chicken, get more veggies into my kids, or I can even make in a jiffy using a rotisserie chicken purchased from the deli and have dinner ready in no time. There are other versions of this and I could give you my mom’s original version, but that takes more time. She will actually saute each vegetable and the chicken individually, take it out of the pan, before mixing it all back in again and putting the thing together. I have done that before too… and it’s a great and delish recipe, but sometimes, you just don’t have that kind of time. This version I’m going to give you now is also yummy and takes NO TIME. Basically, you will need:
- some chicken, either left overs or a rotisserie chicken from the store that you can just take the meat off, then whether it’s the left over or rotisserie chicken you want to cut up the meat into bite size cubes, or close to that as possible
- a head of cabbage
- a bag of “matchstick” carrots
- 1-2 bell peppers (green)
- 1 bell pepper (red)
- Soy sauce
That is the basis (you can add other stuff, but if you’re in a hurry and those ingredients will make enough to feed a good number of people in about 15 mins or so.
- Chop the cabbage into strips (we like ours somewhere between 1/2″ to 1″ wide, doesn’t have to be perfect or all exactly the same)…
- Chop the bell pepper “long” ways into strips about 1/4″ wide or however your family might enjoy it…
- Preheat a skillet, I use butter for mine, so add some in.. let it melt down and then add the cabbage. Stir it around.
- Add the bell peppers and carrots, and stir everything in…. and start to add soy sauce to taste (remember soy sauce has a bit of salt, so you don’t really need other seasonings, I don’t add anything else… and if you add TOO much soy sauce you might feel it too salty, but this part I like to just leave up to taste)
- Add the chicken in and stir it… you can add a little more soy sauce if there is not enough for the chicken to get some from what you had previously added.
You can add other things into it like water chestnuts, chayote squash, some corn, etc. I think this is pretty open to quiet a bit, which makes it a nice way to add more veggies to your diet, if your family doesn’t normally get enough. We love this here and my oldest daughter REALLY enjoys it. This quicker version has come to be because I just sometimes don’t have the time to make it the way my mom does and have had to figure out ways to make things quicker. This is actually a pretty economical meal too… if you purchase the rotisserie chicken, head of lettuce, bag of chopstick carrots, bell peppers (green and red) and the soy sauce (assuming you don’t previously have some)… you should be spending less than $15, and it will give you enough food to feed well over 8 people for sure…. in our case, we don’t mind the left overs. And it works well for packed lunch if someone wants to take some for lunch at work the next day. So, that’s another quick recipe I use and I wanted to share it because perhaps it will help someone else out there. When in a bind, pressed with time, or needing to feed a good number of people on a budget and want something different… this is a good meal to keep consider. If you try it out, let me know! :)