Crispy Sweet Sour Chicken-Style Butler Soy Curls™
Steamed Baby Broccoli with Thai Sticky Rice and Crispy Sweet Sour Chicken-Style Butler Soy Curls™
This sweet sour sauce tastes just like my favorite Chinese restaurant makes! And I can make the entire meal in 20 minutes. The Thai Sticky Rice takes the longest to cook. The Soy Curls are beyond belief in this recipe. You will think you are eating real chicken, not vegan slices of rehydrated texturized soybeans. Thanks to Butler Foods for making my recipes even better and more economical!!!!
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Ingredients for Mock Chicken "Butler Soy Curls™"
2 cups Butler Soy Curls™
warm water to cover
Ingredients for Coating Soy Curls™
1 tablespoon vegan no-chicken soup base (preferably one without any additives and organic)
1 teaspoon Bob's Red Mill Egg Replacer
2 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Cornstarch
1/4 cup Jarrow's Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or grapeseed oil
2 cups organic vegetable of your choice, steamed or stir-fired
Ingredients for Sauce
4 tablespoons organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup Water
3 tablespoons organic sugar
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon organic ketchup
1 tablespoon unsulphured organic molasses
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger, use a microplane grater
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Ingredients for Sauce Slurry
1 1/2 tablespoons Cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water
Ingredients for Rice
2 cups Thai sticky rice
2 2/3 cup water
2 pinches sea salt
large cast iron skillet
small heavy bottomed skillet
steamer with lid
measuring cups & spoons
small heavy bottomed pan with lid
Thai Sticky Rice
Pour the rice grains into your small electric rice cooker and add the water and sea salt. Close the lid, push the button and the rice dish will be ready in 20 minutes.
The Butler Soy Curls™
In a small bowl, measure out 2 cups of Butler Soy Curls™ and cover with warm water.
Cover with a small plate to keep the Butler Soy Curls™ submerged and prepare the rice and sauce while they rehydrate and become pliable.
Depending on your choice, start your rice now. I've chosen Thai Sticky Rice because it will cook in 20 minutes and this will be how long it takes to create the Sweet Sour Soy Curls™.
If you choose Brown Rice, you'll want to start it an hour before you start making the remainder of this recipe.
In a small heavy bottomed sauce pan, add the sauce ingredients except for the cornstarch and water and heat on medium-low until sugar dissolves.
The Sauce Slurry
In a small bowl mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water and add to the warm sauce ingredients.
Turn up heat to medium-high and whisk until the cornstarch is cooked leaving the sauce thickened and clear looking.
Remove the sauce from the heat and cover with a lid.
The Butler Soy Curls™
Remove the Butler Soy Curls™ from their water bath and drain them on a kitchen towel. Press as much liquid out of them as you can. In a small dry bowl, whisk the powdered soup base, egg replacer and cornstarch together to distribute the dry ingredients.
Place the Soy Curls™ in a large bowl and sprinkle with the mixture of the soup base, the egg replacer powder and cornstarch. Toss the Butler Soy Curls™ until all are completely coated with this mixture.
Jarrow's Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
I love to use Jarrow's Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil with this recipe because it has a beautiful fragrance and does not become a BAD oil when used with medium heat! I found a great value at iHerb.com and you can save $5 if you use the coupon code. Buy the 32 ounce size for the best savings. I promise you'll love this product!
The coconut oil and pan should be medium-high and hot before putting the Soy Curls™ into the pan. Test the oil temperature by dropping one piece of the Butler Soy Curls™ into the pan, if it bubbles up immediately, put the entire batch into the oil and toss to ensure that each piece gets some oil on it.
If you don't like coconut oil, substitute with grapeseed oil.
If using a cast iron skillet, turn the heat to medium once the pan get HOT.
Cook the Soy Curls™ and stir and/or flip them until golden brown and crispy.
There should not be any oil left in the pan.
Turn the heat off and set aside... do not use a lid.
In a steamer, put your favorite vegetable or vegetables in and cook till fork tender. Today I used fresh organic baby broccoli.
Combine the Soy Curls and Sweet Sour Sauce
Once the vegetables are done, combine the Sweet Sour Sauce into the Soy Curls™ pan and stir together over low heat.
Give the Thai Sticky Rice a fluff and spray a custard cup with non-stick oil and mash a scoop of rice into the cup. Now, invert it onto a serving plate.
Plate the vegetables next to the rice and spoon on 1/2 of the Sweet Sour Chicken Butler Soy Curls™.