Cha K’Ney Sach Moun – Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

It’s been a hard week for me, both emotionally and physically. As the summer comes to an end and my time frees up more, I find myself wondering “what now?”. I usually think “what now” as I go from insanely busy to quieter days. It’s been an emotional roller coaster for me that somehow manifest itself into physical pain. Strange how that happens.

Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

Though now with more free time, I can blog more often. I still have so many ideas that I need to get down, photograph and write about, I just have bouts of laziness to deal with. I’m continuing my healthier eating by tweaking some well known Khmer recipes. Mostly just adding extra vegetables and healthier alternatives like brown rice instead of white rice, upping flavor by using herbs and other seasonings so I don’t have to add a lot of salt. Substituting leaner meats for fattier ones, small simple things like that make changing a diet so much easier to stick to.

Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

Normally I feel compelled to write more, but today, I’m exhausted. I hope you enjoy this recipe for Cha K’Ney Sach Moun

INGREDIENTS:
Chicken Marinade:
4 Chicken Thighs, boneless, skinless and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Palm Sugar, or Coconut sugar or Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Granulated Garlic
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Stir Fry:
5 Cloves of Garlic, roughly chopped
3/4 cup Ginger, cut into matchsticks (julienne)
1 Lemongrass Stalk, thinly sliced the 2 inch root part
2 tsp Prahok, optional
1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
1 Medium White Onion, cut into 1/2 inch half moons
2 Green Bell Peppers, cut into chunks.. or red, orange and yellow, whatever you like
2 Medium Yellow Squash, cut into chunks
2 tbsp Vegetable Oil, divided
Black Pepper
Salt
Scallions, thinly sliced

METHOD:
1. Mix chicken with spices, allow to marinade for 30 mins.
Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

2. Heat 1 tbsp veggie oil over medium high heat. Sear chicken pieces in hot oil until brown but not cooked through. Remove and set aside.
Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

3. Heat the last of veggie over medium heat. Saute garlic, ginger and lemongrass until fragrant, 2-3 minutes. Take care not to burn garlic.
Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

4. Add prahok and saute 1 minute. Don’t be alarmed at the strong smell it releases. It’s only pungent for the first 1-2 minutes, it’s mellow in the dish and gives a beautiful umami flavor.
Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

5. Add chicken back in followed by oyster sauce and black pepper. Mix well and allow chicken to cook through. About 5 minutes.
Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

6. Add onions, check for salt. Re-season if desired. Cook until onions are slightly translucent, about 3 minutes..
Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

7. Add bell peppers and squash, saute until warmed through, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and top with scallions.
Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

8. Serve with steaming hot brown rice. Feel good and pack the rest for lunch the next day.
Cha K'Ney Sach Moun - Ginger Chicken w/ Yellow Squash and Bell Peppers

WEEK 28 of 52…CHECK!

Today, I am playing this song over and over. I like it.

EDIT 9/29/2015. Lovelies, when you see this speaker icon feel free to click on it, it’ll take you to a Clyp audio file with the Khmer pronunciation! I’ve been looking for a site to do this on, sometimes it’s hard to phonically spell Khmer words using English letters, I hope this will help!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. DEW MOAR FEWD!!!!!
    *runs away giggling*

    1. Brendalynn says:

      I can’t understand your internet lingo doll!

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