Gong Fu Chicken with Fermented Natto Anti-viral

I call it Gong Fu Chicken, meaning Achievement of Man, which describes this sauce perfectly. A yummy superfood! It turns out the world’s highest concentration of Vitamin K2, may also be an antidote for the spike protein. A study published in the journal ‘Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications‘ holds that extract of Natto breaks down the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

OK, what is Natto?  Natto is a fermented soybean dish in Japan. It’s a serious superfood and will boost your health to the moon. However, I need to warn you, the flavor is strange. Since it is very healthy and greatly needed in our time, I invented this recipe to “cover” the taste. But it will take most Westerners some time to develop a taste for Natto. See resource links below.

This spicy sauce is served over chicken and zoodles, however you can also use it on Buffalo Chicken Wings or Sweet Potato Tots. I served it over “Zoodles” which are easy to make with an inexpensive Kuhn Rikon julienne peeler or mandoline slicer. My favorite way to make Zoodles is with the Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer!

Not only do we live with viral threats, we also have widespread deficiency in vitamin K, especially vitamin K2. The world’s richest food source of vitamin K2 is Natto, Japanese fermented soybeans, but its flavor is so strange, very few will ever become fans. I love it personally, but I’m different. I suggest organic non-GMO Natto. Do NOT buy Natto in Asian grocery stores. I tried it and it’s made of GMO soy laced with sugar and chemical additives – yucch! The best source I know for pure Natto made from non-gmo, organic fermented soybeans is Meguminatto in San Francisco. They used to sell to some Whole Foods Markets. It wasn’t expensive, so I ordered a case of it online, determined to create recipes that would mask the flavor, in order to enjoy its health benefits. When I added Natto beans to the blended Sweet & Sour Sauce below, it bestowed such a depth and feeling of vibrant health, that I knew instantly the recipe was a keeper. Ergo Gong Fu Sauce, Achievement of Man!  I took the dish to a potluck and it vanished in minutes. Oh, and it tastes quite delicious without the Natto – way better than everyday Sweet & Sour Sauce, so I consider the Natto optional. I served it over Zoodles instead of high-carb rice. Try it! Serves 4.

Resources:

  1. https://dreddymd.com/2021/07/29/breakthrough-this-fermented-japanese-superfood-can-inhibit-sars-cov-2-infections-researchers-find/s:
  2. https://www.azolifesciences.com/news/20210723/Natto-a-Japanese-fermented-soybean-dish-may-hold-the-key-to-COVID-19-treatment.aspx
  3. https://theomahastar.com/news/covid-has-a-cure-bean-found-in-japanese-food/
  4. https://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2021/07/24/can-japanese-natto-beans-help-fight-covid-19-coronavirus-what-this-study-really-showed/

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Gong Fu Chicken

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Ingredients

    Gong Fu Sauce:
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sweetener, or more to taste, some brown if possible. I used Just Like Sugar Table Top natural chicory root sweetener
  • 1/4 cup liquid coconut aminos
  • 3 large cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 3-inches fresh ginger root, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 medium onion, in coarse chunks
  • 1 bunch green onions, the white half, coarsely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder (If you're avoiding nightshades, substitute 1 teaspoon ground mustard)
  • 1 cup tomato puree or strained tomatoes (If you're avoiding nightshades, substitute 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup grated apple or carrot, and 1/2 cup water.)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon unprocessed salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons organic Natto, fermented soybeans (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour
  • Garnish with green onions, green part, diced
  • Veggies:
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, in 1-inch chunks
  • 8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, coarsely sliced
  • Chicken & Batter:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon unprocessed salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 pound organic or non-GMO chicken tenders, or chicken in thin slices
  • Zoodles:
  • 2 medium zucchini

Instructions

    Gong Fu Sauce:
  1. In any blender, add all sauce ingredients. Blend well until smooth. Hah! That was easy! Put it in a saucepan ready to heat, and set aside.
  2. Veggies:
  3. In a medium skillet, melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté briefly. Add mushrooms and sauté briefly. Add a bit of salt. Turn the heat off and set aside.
  4. Chicken & Batter:
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs.
  6. In another small bowl, whisk together the almond meal, arrowroot flour, and salt.
  7. In a large non-stick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons coconut oil over medium heat. When a drop of water sizzles in the oil, it’s ready. Dip chicken tenders in eggs, then coat them in the flour mixture. Fry the chicken for a minute or two until barely golden on each side.
  8. Zoodles:
  9. Make the zoodles using a spiralizer or mandoline slicer. Place them in a steamer with 1/2-inch of filtered water underneath, making sure the zoodles don’t touch the water.
  10. Bring the water to a boil in the covered steamer with zoodles. When the water is at a rolling boil, turn the heat down to medium. Allow the zoodles to steam 3-5 minutes until “al dente”. Don’t overcook or they’ll be limp. It’s a good idea to uncover the steamer and gently stir from time to time to move the zoodles around so the steam cooks them evenly. When the zoodles are barely “al dente”, drain the water.
  11. Serve:
  12. To serve, have everything hot: Zoodles, veggies, chicken, and Gong Fu sauce. When you’re ready to serve, place the hot zoodles into a large serving bowl, such as a risotto bowl. Add salt, olive oil, a bit of salt, and stir them a bit to coat evenly. Put veggies on the bed of zoodles. Add chicken on top. Then pour the sauce over everything. Garnish with sliced green onions. Serve!

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