I have a couple more dishes featuring sweet summer corn to share. This quick stir-fry was perfect to serve after a busy day outside. After prepping the ingredients in advance, it was fully prepared in the time that it took for the rice to cook.
This recipe was (slightly) adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Chris Morocco. The original recipe notes that peppers, peas, mushrooms, or summer squash could be substituted for the fresh corn. Great!
Yield: Serves 4
- 3 T oyster sauce
- 1 T unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 4 to 5 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 lb), cut into 1-inch pieces
- Kosher salt
- 2 T cornstarch
- 4 T vegetable oil, divided (I used canola oil)
- 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
- 4 to 6 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, finely chopped (about 1 T)
- 1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper (or other mild chile flakes or paprika), or more, to taste
- 3 ears of corn, kernels cut from cobs
- cooked rice (I used white Basmati rice)
- cilantro leaves with tender stems, for serving
- Stir together oyster sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and 2 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Trim the chicken and cut into 1-inch pieces. Place in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Prep the red onion, garlic, ginger and corn. Set aside.
- Cook the rice using your preferred method.
- While the rice is cooking, season the chicken pieces with salt and sprinkle with cornstarch; toss lightly to coat.
- Heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large well-seasoned wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high. (I used a 14-inch stainless steel skillet.)
- Cook chicken, tossing occasionally, until golden brown and nearly cooked through, 6–8 minutes.
- Add red onion, garlic, ginger, Aleppo-style pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Cook, tossing, until vegetables are softened, about 2 minutes.
- Add corn kernels and cook, tossing often, until tender, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in reserved oyster sauce mixture and cook, tossing often, until reduced nearly to a glaze, about 2 minutes.
- Taste and season with salt if needed.
- Serve stir-fry with rice, topped with cilantro.