#SundaySupper Easy Dinner Recipes for 2: Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

We’ve all been there.  We’ve all done it.  We love it. Dating! Dinner…Movie…Popcorn…Candy…Soda… it can seriously add up!  Dating, these days, is expensive. Going on a simple date with dinner and a movie can easily run you $100, and that’s not including cocktails!  With kids, cars, mortgages, and everything else that life throws at us, who can afford to continue “dating”?  No, dating as we knew it in our single years may be over, but we don’t have to give up date night.  We just have to be more creative with our dates.

The Fire Pit

After my husband and I bought our little house in the woods, one of the first things we bought was a fire pit, and two rusted out fire pits later, we’ve finally built a stone fire pit on a brick patio. The fire pit has been the backdrop for many date nights, and over the years, our meals around the fire have evolved beyond campfire cookout cuisine.

Wine & Cheese

We are suckers for a bottle of wine and a cheese board.  However, over the years, our need to visit the wine bar has given way to evening around our fire pit with a our wine and cheese.  These days, we’ve gotten a bit more creative and a bit more discerning with our wine and cheese selection, and the great part is…it costs a fraction of what the restaurant and wine bar charge!

Date Night Dinner

Cooking for two is quite different than cooking for a family of four.  Aside from the quantity, I’ve found that dinner for two is where I get to have fun with recipes, where I get to try new ingredients, where I can be a bit more indulgent.  Date night dinners for us are usually on Wednesdays, when the kids are at their dad’s house, and given that it’s humpday and I’m usually in my mid-week funk, its the perfect night to relax and enjoy a dinner for two.

Date night dinners don’t have to be fancy, and date night dinners don’t have to take hours to prepare.  No, some of the best date night dinners are quick and easy, yet full of flavor and fun ingredients. One of my hubby’s favorite date night dinners is stir fry…any kind of stir fry with any combination of veggies.  However, if pressed for specifics, he’ll always choose chicken, teriyaki, broccoli, and pasta.

Ingredients (and substitutions)

2 TBSP olive oil

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces (or 2c. shredded rotisserie chicken)

1/4 c. onion

1/4 c. chopped celery

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1/2 can sliced water chestnuts

1 egg–scrambled (cook in the microwave for 30-45 seconds)

1 head broccoli-cut into florets (or 2 c. cauliflower or any mix of fresh veggies)

1/4 c. water

1/4 lb. spaghetti

2-3 TBSP soy sauce

2 tsp. brown sugar

1/4 c. chopped peanuts

green onion for garnish

In a medium size pot, bring water to a boil to prepare spaghetti according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Brown chicken until golden brown and completely done.  Remove chicken from skillet.  Add onion, celery, and red pepper flakes.  Saute over medium heat until tender.  Add water chestnuts, broccoli, chicken, and water.  Cover and steam for 2-3 minutes.  Remove cover, toss to combine.  As pasta becomes al dente transfer pasta directly from cooking liquid to skillet using tongs–do not pour pasta water into the skillet. The residual water on the pasta will help thicken the stir fry. Add scrambled egg, soy sauce, and brown sugar.  Use tongs to mix pasta with remaining ingredients. Cook briefly to allow sugar to melt and mixture to thicken.

Top with chopped peanuts and green onion.

Check out these other great date night dinners from our friends at Sunday Supper

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Pork Recipes

Red Meat Recipes

Seafood Recipes

Veggie Recipes

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Wendy Klik says:

    Stir fry’s are always perfect for a quick, nutritious and delicious weeknight meal and noodles are always sexy, just look at Lady and the Tramp 🙂

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  2. I love stir-fry meals. So quick and easy!

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  3. jerseygirlcooks says:

    Stir fry is always a great dinner!

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  4. theninjabaker says:

    Mmm. Love the addition of the scrambled egg to the yummy mix. Dinners for 2 are indeed a wonderful way to experiment =)

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  5. yummysmells says:

    I love anything teriyaki This looks amazing

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  6. lk529 says:

    Love that you add spaghetti to your stir-fry.

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