It may seem strange to a vegetarian to see a Mock Chicken Stew yet that is just what this is.
It uses chicken-style pieces based on soya beans along with vegetables to make a wonderful and warming stew.
Perhaps some crusty bread to make it complete.
Leave out the chilli if you prefer something less spicy. Use your favourite choice of herbs to add to the flavour instead. Either way makes for a complete and delicious meal.
- A handful of chicken-style pieces
- A handful of julienned carrot
- A handful of julienned turnip or swede
- ½ medium onion
- 3 large white mushrooms
- A handful of garden peas
- A handful of basmati or long grain rice
- ½ teaspoon crushed red chilli
- ½ teaspoon crushed garlic
- Soy sauce
- olive oil
- sea salt to taste
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- Halve the onion. Wrap one half in film and put in the fridge for another day. Peel and chop the other half.
- Chop the mushrooms. I like to cut off the stalks then chop into chunks. Slicing is equally good though.
- Heat a little olive oil in a wok or large pan on a medium to high heat. Add in the onion once it is moderately hot then stir fry for a few moments.
- Put the chicken-style pieces, mushrooms and crushed chilli into the pan and stir well. Keep stirring for another moment or so.
- Stir in a tablespoon or so of soy sauce and mix that in well.
- Stir in the rice and mix to coat.
- Add in the remaining vegetables and stir well so they become coated.
- Add water to cover well plus a vegetable stock/bouillon cube then bring to the boil. A good tip here is to cover the pan to keep the heat inside. This way, it will heat faster and save on energy.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook, covered, until most of the water is absorbed. Stir occasionally and check because more water may be needed. The aim is to have a little liquid left in the pan at the end of the cooking time.
- Remove the pan from the heat and set aside for around 5 minutes to allow the rice to absorb the remaining liquid.
- Serve and enjoy. Add some crusty bread if you feel like a little more or tortillas should be good too.
The basic recipe could be done with soya pieces, Quorn™, TVP or seitan. The ones I used for this are a supermarket brand that is soya-based.
Use different vegetables too mange tout should be pretty good for one