Chinese Chicken Recipes

Affordable, easy to cook and healthy, chicken is as popular in Chinese cuisine – from takeout classics to authentic street food – as it is across the globe.

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Sesame Ginger Chicken

Kelsey's crunchy sesame ginger chicken is smothered in a (slightly sticky) sweet and spicy sauce that's so addictive, you'll want to retire that Chinese takeout number you have on speed dial. 

 

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General Tso's Chicken

While the Americanized version of this recipe typically calls for deep-fried chicken, Ching stir-fries her General Tso's chicken in a sweet and spicy sauce along with peanuts and scallions for a healthier and more authentic take on the recipe.

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Chicken Chow Mein

To make a really stand-out chow mein, start with high-quality noodles. Ching recommends using shi wheat flour noodles ("shi" means "thin" in Mandarin), which cook in only three minutes. Toss the noodles with crunchy vegetables and strips of spicy chicken in a wok for a few quick minutes and you've got yourself a "mein" dish that's as easy as it is healthy.

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BBQ Yellow Bean Chicken with Grilled Chinese Long Beans

Ching's favorite barbecue chicken recipe features Chinese yellow bean sauce, a salty paste made of fermented soy beans that can be purchased at any local Asian market. Charring the chicken skewers on each side imbues the meat with additional smoky flavor that rounds out the salty spice of the sauce.

 

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Posh Chopped Suey (Fragrant Chicken and Mushroom Stir-Fry)

Served over steamed jasmine rice, Ching's "posh" take on chopped suey has little in common with greasy take-out versions of the recipe. Loaded with fresh vegetables and lean strips of chicken, it's a quick and healthy dish that possesses plenty of authentic flavor, thanks to ingredients like oyster sauce, Chinese five-spice powder and dried red Sichuan chile flakes.


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Three Cup Chicken with Garlic Spinach

This classic Chinese dish typically consists of an entire chicken and a cup each of three essential Chinese condiments: rice wine, light soy sauce and toasted sesame oil (thus the "three cup" name). Here, Ching uses just a pound of chicken thigh meat, so only a quarter cup of each ingredient is required.

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Kung Pao Chicken  

Depending on how much "pow!" you like in your Kung Pao Chicken, feel free to adjust the amount of dried chile pepper and Szechuan peppercorns to suit your taste. 

 

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Oyster Sauce Chicken with Bok Choy

A wok is an essential tool to making quick and easy Chinese meals, but authentic Chinese ingredients are just as (if not more) important. The Shaohsing rice wine and Guilin chili paste in this recipe really help to build the complex and unique flavors of the dish.

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Chinese Chopped Chicken Salad with "Wok"-Fried Spicy Peanuts

Jeffrey Saad uses a mixture of iceberg and romaine lettuce, plus a generous cup of fresh cilantro for a crisp and refreshing base to his salad; but it's the tangy ponzu-sesame oil vinaigrette that really pushes the recipe over the (delicious) edge.

  

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Clay Pot Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms and Chinese Sausage

Cooking in a clay pot ensures this recipe's ingredients will cook slowly and evenly (without burning the rice and chicken), but a heavy metal pot will also suffice — just make sure to oil the bottom and sides. 

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Paper-Wrapped Crispy Salt and Pepper Chicken

These crunchy little chicken "poppers" are irresistibly salty and peppery and have the most satisfying crunch. You won't be able to stop at just one.

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