Way back in 2004, I was living in Boston working on the 2004 Presidential Election as an eager holder of a Masters in political science and delusions of…something. I had just met my husband, who was one of half a dozen roommates I shared a giant colonial with in Everett. Anyway the office where I worked was right in the Downtown Crossing T stop, which meant there was this great little food court right around the corner. The food was…okay.
But there was this little cart on the way there that had incredible falafels, but that’s for another time. Inside this food court was this tiny hole int he wall that served bourbon chicken. This was back in my meat eating days and I couldn’t get enough of this simple dish that I could eat at my desk without making a mess. The ingredients were pretty simple from what my taste buds could gather and remember, after all this time.
I recently caught up with a friend from Boston and it made me nostalgic for this dish so, of course, I made it.
I’d say this was one of the most straight forward recipes I’ve come up with/recreated in a while.
What you need:
Brown or coconut sugar
Bourbon (or whiskey)
For this recipe I experimented with the dehydrated soy pieces because I love how you can manipulate the texture by simmering it longer or leaving it sitting in the water longer than recommended. Since this recipe would involve simmering, I chose to get the pieces good and thick so I could get a nice crisp on the outside before adding the sauce.
Stay prepared by making your bourbon sauce first. In a bowl, whisk together bourbon, sugar, grated ginger and garlic, soy sauce, cornstarch and water. Set aside so it’s ready when you need it.
If you want a bit more flavor, add tomato paste by the teaspoon until you get that yummy umami flavor.
The tofu is the most time-consuming part because you have to simmer it before putting it in the skillet, but it’s well worth it.
For the broccoli I took the lazy cook’s route and chopped it with vegan butter, salt, pepper and garlic before wrapping it in foil and popping it into the oven for 20-25 minutes.
Serve the bourbon tofu over rice and add more spice if needed and voila, you’ve got my favorite fast food meal of 2004 on your table in 30 minutes.
And I enjoyed it with a tall glass of water since there was already 2 ounces of bourbon on the plates!
You can have healthy, delicious vegan meals in no time at all. Believe it!