Sti- frys are one of my favorite dinners. They’re fast and easy to make, pack a punch of flavor, and contain a hefty serving of vegetables. I frequently use leftover, already-cooked meat for the protein in my stir-frys, which makes preparation even quicker.
And if there’s a bit of stir-fry leftover, I like to mix it into scrambled eggs in the morning for a hearty and healthy breakfast. Two meals in one is definitely a win!
Chicken Apple Stir-Fry With Fennel
I like making this stir-fry in the fall when apples are in season. The apples give it a nice burst of sweet/sharpness and the fennel gives it a mild little spice. I usually use leftover chicken that’s already cooked, and grilled is my favorite.
If it’s a busy night and we’re eating in a rush, this stir-fry converts easily into a cold chicken salad. Since apples and fennel are both delicious raw, I just chop all the ingredients and mix them together with some mayo and the spices.
If you have extra fennel, I bet it’d also taste great on top of this Honey Mustard Chicken with Mushrooms recipe too.
What Do I Need to Know About Fennel?
Fresh fennel is a common enough ingredient that it’s usually not too difficult to find in grocery stores. It’s got a white bulb on the bottom about the size of a medium-large onion. Green stalks shoot up from the bulb and are topped with feathery greens that look a bit like dill.
To use fresh fennel, slice or chop the bulb and saute or eat fresh. The stalks are a bit tough, so I don’t usually use them, but I know they can be chopped up and used in soups and salads. The greens are so pretty and delicate looking and are very tasty in salads.
Fennel tastes a bit like anise, but is light and fresh and not too strong. It can be used in almost any application that calls for celery. Here are some ideas on how to use it.
Love Stir-Fry As Much As I Do?
If you love stir-fry as much as I do, you may be interested in some more ideas. Here are some of our favorites:
- Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry – this one’s got some Chinese flair to it and it’s delicious
- Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry
- Chicken Vegetable Stir-Fry
- Chinese Chicken Stir-Fry
- Garlic Butter Calamari Stir-Fry
- Greek Stir-Fry
- Moroccan Chicken Stir-Fry
- Pizza Stir-Fry – it really tastes like pizza in a bowl!
- Sausage Squash Stir-Fry
- Spicy Shrimp Stir-Fry
- Taco Scramble
- Zucchini and Beef Stir-Fry – with zucchini noodles!
Chicken Apple Stir-Fry
Ever cooked with fennel? What do you use it for? Tell me below!