Recipes For Chinese Food With Chicken

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Chinese food is a cuisine that has been enjoyed by people around the world for centuries. It’s full of flavor and spice, and it can be made to be very healthy as well as decadent. This is why Chinese food is so popular!

In this blog post I will share some recipes for Chinese food with chicken. These recipes are easy to make, delicious, and nutritious.

My first recipe is for Kung Pao Chicken (also known as “Gong Bao Ji Ding”). This dish is a spicy stir fry that includes peanuts and vegetables. The chicken is chopped into small pieces and cooked until it is tender but not dry–this will ensure that it stays moist when you eat it later! You can have this dish on its own or with rice noodles if you would like to make it more filling or have leftovers for later in the week!

The next recipe I have here is called “Chicken Chow Mein,” which means “fried noodles” in Chinese (it’s usually made with pork or seafood instead). This recipe uses egg noodles instead of lo mein noodles though–which makes it easier to prepare at home! It also calls for soy sauce and oyster sauce (which gives it an extra kick). You’ll need three tablespoons each of these ingredients

Recipes For Chinese Food With Chicken

Chicken Wings With Oyster Sauce
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Chicken is one of the most popular ingredients in Chinese cuisine. This type of cuisine typically uses all parts of the chicken—including the feet and even the crown—to make some really delicious dishes. You don’t have to go to those lengths, but you will certainly want to make a few of these tasty and interesting Chinese dishes at home. Some of them you may even recognize from your favorite take-out restaurant.

  • 01of 18Asparagus and Chicken Stir-FryStir Fry Chicken and AsparagusJowena Chua / Getty ImagesA simple, but classic, chicken stir fry dish, asparagus, and chicken stir-fry is very popular in Chinese households. It’s very easy and has a great spice thanks to the addition of Thai red chili paste. Adds some potstickers and rice and you have a fantastic meal for the
  • 02of 18Chinese Bourbon ChickenChinese bourbon chicken recipe  feryersan/Getty ImagesThis is one of those “when west meets east” dishes that are almost too much fun to pass up. The Chinese bourbon chicken recipe coats deep-fried and battered chicken with a delicious bourbon whiskey sauce. You’ll enjoy the play on flavors and be surprised at how short the ingredient list is compared to others.
  • 03of 18Cantonese Steamed ChickenCantonese Chicken  4kodiak/Getty ImagesFor a taste of a Cantonese classic, try a simple steamed chicken recipe. The chicken cooks up in just 30 minutes, so it’s perfect for busy weeknight dinners. The mushrooms add an earthy flavor to this delicious dish.
  • 04of 18Cashew ChickenCashew Chicken Stir-FryDarrenwise / Getty ImagesThis is a very popular dish that you may have ordered at a Chinese restaurant, and it’s rather easy to make cashew chicken at home. This is a simple stir-fry that combines chicken with cashews and vegetables. You can also swap the cashews for walnuts if you like.
  • 05of 18Chicken Lo MeinChicken Lo Mein Stir-fry RecipeThe Spruce / Christine MaLo mein is a very popular Chinese dish throughout the world. Chicken just happens to be one the best-known meats for these noodles. While the recipes vary, a classic chicken lo mein recipe is a perfect place to begin.
  • 06of 18Chicken Wings With Oyster SauceChicken Wings With Oyster SauceThe Spruce / Julia EstradaIf you’re looking for a new way to enjoy chicken wings and want to give them a Chinese spin, this is a fantastic recipe. The chicken wings are marinated in oyster sauce, soy sauce, and rice wine. Bake them in the oven and serve them either hot or cold. It’s a very simple and an easy one to make in large quantities.
  • 07of 18Chicken With Green and Red PeppersChicken Stir Fry With Bell PeppersLisa Wiltse / ContributorAdorn your table with one very colorful stir-fry. The chicken with green and red peppers recipe is a perfect introduction to Chinese cooking and uses basic ingredients you may already own. If you like, you can use different colored peppers or other vegetables as well.
  • 08of 18Chicken WontonsHealthy Baked Chicken WontonsThe Spruce / Julia HartbeckMaking wontons at home is a fun project and it’s easier than you may think. This particular chicken wonton recipe adds a little peanut butter to the filling and it’s fantastic against the green curry paste. Additionally, these are baked rather than deep-fried.
  • 09of 18General Tso’s ChickenA bowl of General Tso's chicken served over riceRavsky / Getty ImagesA classic chicken recipe and a favorite restaurant order, it’s hard to beat General Tso’s chicken. The popular Hunan recipe is as simple as any other and coats deep-fried chicken cubes with a delicious sweet and sour sauce.
  • 10of 18Ginger ChickenMarinated Ginger Chicken for the GrillThe Spruce / Loren RunionWant to take your Chinese chicken out to the grill? Try this simple and flavorful ginger chicken recipe. Whole chicken thighs are doused in a marinade of spicy ginger sauce and grilled or broiled to finish.
  • 11of 18Kung Pao ChickenKung pao chickenMasonRobinson / Getty ImagesWhen you’re in the mood for hot and spicy food, Kung Pao chicken is the dish you’ll want to try. This is also popular in Chinese restaurants and you can learn the secrets of its complex and unforgettable flavor. 
  • 12of 18Mango Chicken Stir-Frymango chicken stir-fry(stu_spivack/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0)Typically, Chinese food stir-fries a variety of vegetables, but fruits are not out of the question. Mango chicken stir-fry adds the tropical fruit at the very last minute. It gets even more interesting garnished with pecans and cilantro.
  • 13of 18Mongolian ChickenMongolian Chicken With Mung Bean SproutsThe Spruce / Julia HartbeckMung bean sprouts and cubed chicken come together in a classic Mongolian chicken recipe. Like many Chinese dishes, the chicken is marinated, stir-fried, then fried again with an impressive sauce. Serve this with steamed vegetables and thick noodles to complete the meal.
  • 14of 18Moo Goo Gai PanMoo goo gai pan recipeThe SpruceAs fun to eat as it is to say, moo goo gai pan is a very popular dish, especially if you like mushrooms. Once you get a taste of the homemade version and realize just how simple it is, you may find yourself skipping the take-out version entirely. 
  • 15of 18Sesame ChickenChinese Sesame Chicken With Garlic and Chili PasteThe Spruce / Julia HartbeckSesame chicken is another popular Chinese dish that you can easily make at home. The recipe is one of deep-fried chicken coated with a delicious sauce of soy sauce, chili, and garlic. The finishing touch is those tasty toasted white sesame seeds that make it one of a kind.
  • 16of 18Soy Sauce ChickenRed Cooked Soy Sauce ChickenSodanie Chea/Flickr/CCIn Chinese food, “red cooking” is an interesting way to make a very tasty chicken dinner. When you want to create a beautiful and delicious whole chicken, try this soy sauce chicken recipe. It makes a juicy, fall-off-the-bone entree and the rich sauce is a mouth-watering delight.
  • 17of 18Sweet and Sour ChickenSlow Cooker Sweet and Sour ChickenDiana RattrayYou may be familiar with sweet and sour chicken, but this recipe comes with an extra kick of citrus. The homemade sweet and sour sauce is simple and includes both pineapple and lemon. It’s another delectable dish that proves take-out isn’t better than homemade.
  • 18of 18White Cut ChickenChinese White Cut Chickenbtrenkel / Getty ImagesWhite cut chicken is a very popular dish in Eastern China. There are many different ways to cook it and this recipe is one of the easiest. You’ll be delighted at the short ingredient list and the fact that it’s prepared hours before you’re ready to eat.

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View Chinese Chicken Dishes List and Map4 Best Rated Chinese Chicken Dishes10CHICKEN DISHChongqing ChickenCHONGQING, CHINAn/a

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Chongqing chicken is a famous Sichuan dish consisting of chicken and chilis. The dish is usually made with chicken on the bone, which is then chopped into small pieces, marinated, and deep-fried. Traditionally, there is almost always more dried red chili peppers in the dish than chicken, nearly covering the meat underneath.
The combination of ingredients is usually stir-fried with ginger and garlic. Chongqing chicken is consumed by picking out the pieces of chicken with chopsticks, often leaving out the remaining chili peppers in the bowl.

MAIN INGREDIENTS
  • CHICKEN
  • HOT PEPPERS
  • GINGER
  • GARLIC

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST CHONGQING CHICKEN

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Black Sesame Kitchen

DONGCHENG DISTRICT,  CHINA2

San Xi Lou

HONG KONG,  CHINA3

Chilli Fagara

HONG KONG,  CHINA4

Yuxin Chuan Cai

SHANGHAI,  CHINA09CHICKEN DISHWenchang ChickenWENCHANG, CHINAn/a

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Wenchang chicken is one of the most popular poultry dishes in China, specifically the Wenchang city area in Hainan. It is believed that the dish originated during the Ming Dynasty era, when an official from Wenchang had brought the chickens from his hometown and given them to the emperor as a gift.
When the emperor tried the dish made with his chickens, he liked it so much that he named the dish Wenchang chicken. Chickens are usually fed on a diet of coconut and peanut bran, resulting in flavorful, aromatic meat. The dish is usually consumed by dipping chicken pieces in a combination of spices such as ginger and salt.

MAIN INGREDIENTS
  • CHICKEN
  • GARLIC
  • GINGER
  • SALT

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST WENCHANG CHICKEN

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Jiang by Chef Fei

GUANGZHOU,  CHINA2

Guangzhou Restaurant

GUANGZHOU,  CHINA08CHICKEN DISHBeggar’s ChickenHANGZHOU, CHINAn/a

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Beggar’s chicken is a Chinese delicacy and the city of Hangzhou’s most famous dish, consisting of only one ingredient – a whole chicken. The secret is in the preparation method: the stuffed chicken is tightly wrapped in lotus leaves, packed in clay, and baked in a special oven or over an open fire, resulting in tender, moist, and aromatic meat, along with being one of the visually most interesting dishes in existence.
Once the dish has been served, the hard outer shell is often cracked open with a hammer. Legend has it that a starving beggar was in possession of a chicken but had no means to prepare it, so in a stroke of genius, he covered it with mud and baked it over an open fire. 

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST BEGGAR’S CHICKEN

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Lou Wai Lou

HANGZHOU,  CHINA2

Xindalu China Kitchen

SHANGHAI,  CHINA3

Made in China

DONGCHENG DISTRICT,  CHINA4

Peking Garden Restaurant

HONG KONG,  CHINA5

Hubin 28 Restaurant

HANGZHOU,  CHINA07CHICKEN DISHGalinha à Africana

MACAU, CHINA3.4

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Influenced by African and Portuguese cuisine, galinha à Africana or frango assado is a dish traditionally associated with Macau. It is made with barbecued chicken that is coated with a spicy sauce usually consisting of peanuts, coconut milk, paprika, grated coconut, and shallots.
Macau is a former Portuguese colony, and the story says that the dish was invented by Americo Angelo, a chef who assembled it by using ingredients that he found in Portuguese colonies in Africa. However, another theory says that the dish was initially made by Portuguese families located in Macau.

MAIN INGREDIENTS
  • CHICKEN
  • PEANUTS
  • COCONUT MILK
  • PAPRIKA
  • COCONUT
  • SHALLOTS

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST GALINHA À AFRICANA

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Restaurante Litoral

MACAU,  CHINA2

A Lorcha

MACAU,  CHINA3

Restaurante Escada

MACAU,  CHINA4

Henri’s Galley

MACAU,  CHINA5

Albergue 1601

MACAU,  CHINA06CHICKEN DISHSteamed Chicken Feet Dim Sum (Feng zhao)

CHINA3.8

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Feng zhao is the name for dim sum-style braised chicken feet. The chicken feet are cleaned, salted, dried, then deep-fried in oil in order to puff up the skin around the bones and to caramelize the exterior. The next step is braising, which tenderizes the chicken feet – they are simmered in a pot of water with star anise and sliced ginger.
The chicken feet are drained, mixed with a marinade consisting of oyster sauce, sugar, pepper, and black bean sauce, and then sautéed in sesame oil with garlic until the sauce thickens. These aromatic chicken feet are served while still hot, typically with black bean sauce on the side.

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Soy sauce chicken is a traditional dish from northern China and a classic example of red cooking technique, where meat is simmered in a soy sauce-based liquid along with various seasonings. It results in tender, succulent meat that falls off the bone.
Although most cooks use chicken quarters for the dish, some like to use smaller pieces such as legs, drumsticks, and wings. Soy sauce chicken made with chicken quarters is also a traditional dish for the Chinese New Year. It is recommended to pair the chicken with side dishes such as rice or stir-fried lo mein noodles, while the typical accompaniment is a dipping sauce made with oil, ginger, chicken stock, onions, and salt.

MAIN INGREDIENTS
  • CHICKEN
  • SOY SAUCE
  • GARLIC
  • GINGER
  • ONION
  • SUGAR

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST SOY SAUCE CHICKEN

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The Chairman

HONG KONG,  CHINA2

Honolulu Coffee Shop

HONG KONG,  CHINA3

Fook Lam Moon

HONG KONG,  CHINA4

Tai Hing

HONG KONG,  CHINA5

Yat Lok Restaurant

HONG KONG,  CHINA04FRIED CHICKEN DISHCrispy Fried ChickenGUANGDONG, CHINA4.3

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A traditional dish of the Cantonese cuisine, crispy fried chicken consists of chicken that is first steamed and dried, then deep-fried in a special way so that the skin remains extremely crunchy, and the meat underneath gets tender. The chicken is steamed with spices such as cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, ginger, anise, and nutmeg.
Later, it usually gets drizzled over with a combination of sugar and vinegar, helping the skin achieve its typical crispiness in the process. According to tradition, crispy fried chicken is a dish that should be eaten at night, while it is also regularly consumed at most Chinese wedding feasts.

MAIN INGREDIENTS
  • CHICKEN
  • CINNAMON
  • SICHUAN PEPPER
  • GINGER
  • STAR ANISE
  • NUTMEG
  • VINEGAR
  • SUGAR
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Mala Sauce

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST CRISPY FRIED CHICKEN

Fook Lam Moon

HONG KONG,  CHINA2

Lung King Heen

HONG KONG,  CHINA3

Sing Yin Cantonese Dining

HONG KONG,  CHINA4

Kin’s Kitchen

HONG KONG,  CHINA5

Hoi King Heen

HONG KONG,  CHINA03FRIED CHICKEN DISHGeneral Tso’s ChickenHUNAN, CHINA and  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA3.9

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General Tso’s chicken is a Chinese-American sweet and spicy dish consisting of chicken dices that are first deep-fried, then stir-fried together with ginger, garlic, scallions, and hot chili peppers in a sauce made from sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and rice wine.
Although named after General Tso Tsungtang, the dish has no real-life connection with him. The dish is most likely a descendant of a simple Hunanese chicken dish, and two immigrant chefs, Chinese and Taiwanese – respectively, claim to be its inventors.

MAIN INGREDIENTS
  • CHICKEN
  • GINGER
  • GARLIC
  • SCALLIONS
  • HOT PEPPERS
  • SOY SAUCE
  • SUGAR
  • RICE VINEGAR
  • RICE WINE
  • SESAME SEEDS

02FRIED CHICKEN DISHOrange ChickenHUNAN, CHINA and  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA3.9

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Originally a Chinese dish from the region of Hunan, orange chicken quickly became Americanized and served in numerous North American fast-food restaurants. It is a dish consisting of battered chicken that is fried with sweet and sour orange and chili sauce.
In the United States, a chain restaurant called Panda Express credits itself with creating the Americanized version of the dish, evolving it into a meal that is much sweeter than the original tangy and spicy version from Hunan, where the subtropical climate with mild winters makes it ideal for growing oranges, tangerines, and lemons that are native to Asia.

MAIN INGREDIENTS
  • CHICKEN
  • EGGS
  • CORNSTARCH
  • ORANGE
  • SUGAR
  • RICE VINEGAR
  • SOY SAUCE
  • GINGER
  • GARLIC
  • RED CHILI FLAKES

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST ORANGE CHICKEN

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Little Bao

HONG KONG,  CHINA01CHICKEN DISHKung Pao ChickenSICHUAN, CHINA4.4

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A staple of westernized Chinese cuisine and one of the favorite dishes of foreigners in China, kung pao chicken is a spicy stir-fry dish made with diced chicken, vegetables, peanuts, and Sichuan peppercorns. It was invented in the Sichuan Province and has a unique, interesting origin story.
In the 19th century, a boy named Ding Baozhen fell into a river and almost drowned. A passing stranger saved him, and as the years went by, Ding grew up to become a government official. He went to visit the man who saved him and ate a dish made with diced chicken, peanuts, and spicy peppercorns while visiting his home. 

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