Chinese Happy Family

Chinese Happy Family

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"I would always order it in the Chinese restaurants it's called the 'Happy Family'. It is a delicious chicken and vegetable stir-fry. Now I do this at home using my indoor grill."

Ingredients 35 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 313 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 313 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 9.6 g
  • 15%
  • Carbs:
  • 29.1g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 25 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Sodium:
  • 915 mg
  • 37%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat an indoor grill, and coat with cooking spray. Place the chicken strips on the grill, and cook for about 7 minutes. Allow them to cool slightly, then cut into cubes.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the onion rings in the skillet, and cook for a few minutes. Add the red and yellow pepper, baby corn, and the stir-fry vegetables. Increase the heat to medium-high; cook and stir for about 15 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle in the sugar and salt. Stir in the chicken. Dissolve the cornstarch in water, and pour into the skillet along with the soy sauce. Cook and stir until the sauce thickens.
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Randy W

That is a good start. But to have a true happy family you need to add a few things more. You need to have shrimp, scalops and chicken. Also needed is some pea pods along with the veggies. How I make mine is to start with onion, garlic, a little ginger, water chestnuts stir fry together. Add some mushrooms, and green pepper. Remove all items as you fry them in a wok and store them in the wok cover. Stir fry some carrots, and a little celery. removing as they are fried and keep in cover to allow flavors to visit. Stir some mushrooms of your choice and put them in the wok cover then stir fry the chicken, remove to a bowl, add the scalops remove to same bowl, then stir fry shirmp. Add scalops and chicken to wok and continue to heat. Add a mixture of corn starch and chicken broth and bring to boil and let thicken. when thickened, add the items in the wok cover back to make one big happy family. Served over sticky rice. All these flavors are sure happy to be together and they will make one happy family sitting at that dinner table.


This stir fry is a great base, but be careful because you can easily kill off the delicate flavors and have this turn into a rather bland and boring dish. I highly recommend adding some hoisin sauce for a sweet and smoky addition.

Caroline C

As written, this was completely bland and boring. However, with a lot more soy sauce, a little sesame oil, and a generous glug of Hoison sauce, this wasn't bad at all. A few sliced mushrooms don't hurt either. Thanks!