Monday, March 12, 2012

Stir-Fried Chicken with Leeks (鸡胸肉炒韭菜)

I have started buying more leeks at my supermarket trip recently.  I found the flavor here is less pungent than the one in Malaysia.  Perhaps that was the reason why my hubby (he disliked eating leek in Malaysia) and girls have no problem in eating leeks that I cooked.  Leek is a part of onion family called Allium just like garlic, scallion and onion.  Leeks provide a good source of fiber, folid acid, manganese, potassium, calcium, vitamin B6 and C and iron.  It was said to improve the immune system, lower bad cholesterol levels, increase good cholesterol levels and fight certain cancer.  I eat leek purely not because of its health benefits but I happen to like leek a lot especially when it is stir-fried with a little oyster sauce.

I served the above as a one dish meal with a bowl of watercress soup.  This dish had frozen tofu, chicken breast, leek, red bell pepper, carrot and garlic.


  • 1/2 chicken breast, thinly slice and marinate with salt, rice wine, white pepper, olive oil and cornstarch
  • 1 stalk of leek, cut off the bottom and top green part and the outer layer of leek, clean thoroughly in water, thinly slice diagonally.
  • 1/4 frozen tofu, cut in 2 inch stick
  • 1 small carrot, thinly slice or 1/2 large
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, cut in 1.5 inch stick
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, mince
  • Cooking oil of your choice
  • Iodized salt, a dash or to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Rice wine
  • 1 Tbsp. oyster sauce


1.  Heat up your wok.  When heated, add in cooking oil of your choice.  When hot, add in garlic.  Stir for a while until slight brown, add in chicken.  Stir-fry until chicken is almost cooked.

2.  Add in leek, carrot and bell pepper.  Stir-fry well or until soften.  Add in frozen tofu.  Mix well.

3.  Add in rice wine, a dash of iodized salt and oyster sauce.  Stir-fry well and serve hot!


tigerfish said...

I like to caramelize leeks in the frying pan, then add in any vegetables or meat! Also use them in soups.

daphne said...

You read my mind! I am cooking stir fry leeks with chicken tonight for dinner! LOL

Nava K said...

Its so strange that with being adventurous and trying many kinds of veg, leeks are not one of it. I have seen plenty of these in the market but just am not sure how to clean and cook this veg.

I didn't know that the Malaysian ones are pungent and yes, about time to check out the leeks and will give a try to this simple recipe of yours. From reading your recipe, I now know that the bottom and top green part and as well as the outer layer must be cut off.

noobcook said...

this is totally healthy and delicious.

Retno Prihadana said...

I haven´t tried leek, with a lot of source vitamins should try it :)

Juliana said...

Oh! I like the idea of using frozen tofu in this dish...looks delicious and so healthy. I just need a bowl of rice to go with it.
Hope you are having a fantastic week :)

WokandSpoon said...

I don't eat leeks very often but on the rare occasion when they're on sale, I make leek soup! This looks really healthy and good to eat with rice.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

my kids dont eat leek so i seldom cook it..your simple stir fried leek with chicken sound yummy!