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How To Crush Your Chinese Food Cravings

Updated: Jul 9, 2023

Chinese Food. A love to so many people. Friends have dinner with Chinese food consistently. Imagine the dismay if you end up spending money on a great feast of Chinese food and the food is just not as great as expected.

Let us be honest….we all want Chinese food because of the sauces. We love having meat and vegetables doused in sauce. If you tell me that you love Chinese food, because of the steamed vegetables and health factors. This post is not for you. For those who like saucy Chinese food..feel free to learn how to make Chicken in Brown Sauce.

Here is the ingredients list for Chicken in Brown Sauce:

For the sauce:

• 1 pound of chicken thigh meat, cut into one inch pieces

• 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar

• 2 tablespoons of soy sauce

• 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce

• 2 tablespoons of corn starch

For stir-fry:

• 2 tablespoons of water

• 1 tablespoon of corn starch

• 2 tablespoons of oil

• 4 garlic cloves

• 8 green onions, white parts only, coarsely chopped

• 2 tablespoons of sherry

• 1/4 cup of soy sauce

• 1 tablespoon of sesame oil

• 1/2 cup of dried red pepper pods

The Process

Now you got the ingredients for the Chicken in Brown Sauce, here are the simplified steps to make the sauce.

1. Marinate the meat.

2. Prepare cornstarch in separate ramekin and add two tablespoons of cold water.

3. Cook Stir-fry vegetables, then add chicken, and add all the sauces.

Our Financials

For the ingredients for Chicken in Brown Sauce, I gathered my ingredients at no other than Sam’s Club and Walmart. Only one item is from Publix. The bargain shopping marketplaces. I have done shopping at regular grocery stores and….it is only at desperate times. I noticed how my money does not go further at regular grocery store.

Below is the breakdown of ingredients cost:

For the sauce:

• Chicken thigh meat-$11.56 from Sam’s Club

• Rice wine vinegar-$3.17 from Walmart

• Soy sauce- $1.32 from Walmart

• Oyster sauce $3.67 from Walmart

• Corn starch- $0.99 from Publix

For stir-fry:

• Water- “free” from my sink- don't @ me, this was before I watched a documentary on Flint.

• Corn starch- $0.99 from Publix (same container)

• Oil- $1.88 from Walmart (I used Canola)

• Garlic cloves- $1.98 from Walmart (I buy my garlic minced)

• Green onions- $0.50 cents each from Walmart

• Sherry- $2.18 from Walmart

• Soy sauce- $1.32 from Walmart

• Sesame oil- $2.98 from Walmart

• Dried red pepper pods- $2.38 from Walmart

The total cost of the ingredients for the Chicken in Brown Sauce was $27.03. In Florida. A little more pricey but I feel it is because you need to buy specialty sauces and spices. However, the sauces and spices have great shelf life. So you saving for the future cookings right?

Those Millennial Cash Back Savings

In addition, to reusing ingredients and saving money from take out…here is how you could potentially score using money back applications.. My staples: Ibotta, Fetch Rewards, ShopKick, and Coinout

Ibotta was a miss, I actually struck out for the ingredients, there was no cash back available for the ingredients that I needed to make this recipe. Ibotta is specific when earning

money back. From what I have heard, this application is run based on sponsored products posts. Which explains why generic items are not promoted as often. Bummer for me, because I shop generic or no-name brands. Go figure. Hopefully, when you go shopping…you have better luck than me.

Fetch Rewards was a better success. I earned points 50 the from receipts. I earned 25 points from Walmart shopping trips and 25 points from Sam’s Club.

Shopkick I struck out again. I reached my limit on Walmart Walk-In kicks for another 7 days. I really go to the Walmart a lot I guess. In addition, Sam’s Club does not have walk-in

kicks so I did not earn any walk in kicks. Second, the products that are promoted by Shopkick is not the typical products I buy.

For my penny rewards from Coinout, I earned a total of nine cents. For my two Walmart receipts, I earned two cents for one and three cents for another. Sam’s Club earned me four

more cents. Again done worse done better. Taking that claim of mediocrity in stride.

My husband laughs at me because I am all about saving anything I can find. He is like, “Canada stopped making pennies because they were useless.” I’m like, “Hey a penny richer than I was before I got this penny.” Sometimes my obsession with saving drives him crazy. What can I say, I got big goals and I cannot have an arrogant attitude. Anything I get is going to help me later. I am not above saving pennies.

Our Ratings:

My Rating: I rate this chicken an 8 out of 10. This chicken recipe tasted very similar to the garlic chicken I made prior. This chicken tastes great by itself and served with fried rice, normal or cauliflower. Next time, I will make a bigger batch of the chicken in brown sauce because of amount the recipe calls for. One pound between Shayne and I does not go very far. Though, you can really taste the sherri and rice wine vinegar is super apparent. That is how I know, I cooked chicken outside of my realm.

Shayne’s Rating: Shayne rates this chicken a 7 out of 10. This recipe reminds him of chicken adobo just saucier. Of course, this does not trump his family cooking by any means. However, he does enjoy this chicken recipe so another food I can remake for us for the future.

Outcomes and Recommendations

This recipe is ideal for a mid-week dinner in a pinch. This food would be perfect as a pairing with fried rice, white rice, chow mien, and even a bunch of sautéed bok choy. You could even go so far to pair with chicken chow mien sandwiches. It is saucy enough where it is good on its' own or with a pair.

In addition, the ingredients of these recipes can be reused for future chicken recipes or even as sauce toppings for other meals.


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