I have never been a big fan of ketchup as a condiment. If I am going to dip my French fries in something itis usually ranch dressing. I m, however, a big fan of ketchup as in ingredient. Ketchup gives a lot of flavor to recipe quickly.
One of my favorite ketchup based recipes is Mark Bittmans Stir Fried Chicken with Ketchup. I wish Mr. Bittman would have been a little more creative in naming this dish. When I say I am having stir fried chicken with Ketchup people assume I must be very poor to be cooking with ketchup.
Stir Fried Chicken with Ketchup
¾ lb chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes, patted dry
¼ cup cornstarch or flour
2 TBS canola oil
salt and pepper, to taste
1 TBS slivered garlic
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons ketchup
Toss the chicken with flour so it is lightly coated. Put 1 tablespoon oil in a large non stick skillet over high heat. When the oil is hot add the chicken in one layer and sprinkle with salt and pepper. When the chicken is browned on one side toss it and cook until it is just about done, 5-10 minutes depending on the size of the pieces. Transfer to a plate. Turn off heat and let the pan cool for a minute. Add the remaining oil to the pan and turn heat to medium high. Add the garlic and cayenne. Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Add the ketchup and stir; cook until it bubbles then darkens slightly, about 1 minute. Return the chick to the pan and stir to coat with sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve over rice.
Adapted from How to Cook Everything