Chicken roast is a favorite dish for many people.
It is also the introduction that many people have to Chinese and Asian cuisine in general, which is why it is a dish that has been tried in many different cuisines.
And one of the most important steps to making a good chicken roast is to cut the chicken breast into thin slices before cooking.
But for some chefs, this can be a more challenging task than they originally thought.
To cut chicken breast for stirring, first freeze it partially so that it is firm but not firm. Take from there a sharp chef’s knife and hold it in your dominant hand, hold the meat with your non-knife hand while curling your fingertips under your bones (your bones will serve as a guide), and continue to make long and even strokes, slicing the meat up to about a quarter inch thick.
In this article, we will take a closer look at the right way to cut chicken breast for your homemade meal, as well as a few other tips you can use to make roasts in your own kitchen!
How to cut chicken breast for stirring
Step 1: Partial freezing of the meat
The first step in this process actually involves partially freezing your meat.
You need to freeze it until it is firm but not exactly solid so that it can hold its shape better and be much easier to cut.
To do this, simply take your thawed meat, pack it and put it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes before slicing it.
However, if your meat is still frozen, you can just move it from the freezer to the refrigerator overnight so it will slowly thaw there, and when you are ready to cut it the next day, it should be frozen right up to the task.
Step 2: Grab the knife and hold the meat
The next step is to grab a long and sharp chef’s knife and get a secure grip on it.
Each chef and chef has a different way of holding the knife, but make sure you have a firm grip that allows you to control your strokes properly.
Then use your non-knife hand to hold the meat down.
On top of that, you should also curl your fingertips under your bones so you do not risk cutting yourself.
From there, you can even use your bones as a kind of guide to the knife when cutting so you get straight sliced chicken.
Step 3: Make long and straight strokes
So when you have the right grip on both your meat and your blade, you are ready to start cutting.
Ideally, you will use long and even strokes while cutting and trying to get slices that are about a quarter inch thick.
That said, there are a few other ways chefs slice their chicken when preparing stir-fries.
Some may prefer to cut them julienne, resulting in very thin pieces of meat that you can toss in your meal.
Other chefs even prefer to cut their meat, which is required in a lot of fried recipes like Sichuan Kun Pao chicken.
If you plan to cut the chicken into cubes, be sure to make wider strips lengthwise when you cut them, then take these strips and cut them across so that they turn into cubes.
Tips for making good stirring
Velvet your meat
This is something that is performed by most Chinese chefs when making stir-fries.
Whether you use chicken, beef, shrimp or pork, the whistle of the ingredients is the key to getting a tasty roast.
Velvet involves marinating and pre-cooking the meat in oil to ensure that the meat retains its silky structure when fried.
There are many different ways to do this and all chefs will have their own way of whistling their meat while stirring.
Use a very hot wok
This is the secret to getting a good structure in your mixer.
Most Chinese restaurants have special burners designed to get your wok extremely hot.
But if you do not have this in your kitchen, do not worry, all you need is the hottest burner in your gas area and patience.
Be sure to wait until your wok or sauté pan gets very hot before adding your ingredients, or your risk of not getting the right texture in your stirring.
And with that ends our quick guide to chicken roast.
Preparing your ingredients properly is the key to having a great meal, so make sure you partially freeze your chicken before slicing it and cutting them into straight strips that will cook at the same time.
By doing so and following the steps in the recipe properly, you will definitely be cooking a roast to remember, all in your own kitchen!