Popular Chinese chicken dishes are almost commonplace on Chinese dining tables everywhere. In restaurants where there is a Chinese influence, you will find many dishes that are influenced by Chinese chicken. In some Chinese chicken dishes, the chicken tends to be cooked entirely, while in other Chinese chicken recipes, it’s usually cooked halfway, sometimes only partway; in some cases, the raw chicken tends to be the only main ingredient, and in others, it’s more mixed in with other ingredients. The Chinese themselves are not exactly forthcoming about how they do their recipes (some of them are even guarded about their secrets), but we do know that there are a number of Chinese chicken dishes that have become popular in the US and UK.
Popular Chinese Chicken Dishes
So, what are some of these popular Chinese chicken dishes? The most famous, of course, is Sesame Chicken, which first appears in the earliest record, appearing in the Yellow Emperor’s diet. This dish combines the spices and fluid of the Chinese soy sauce, together with the chives and garlic, giving you a spicy yet sweet-and-salty sensation. In the Tang Dynasty, this became a favorite appetizer for the powerful nobility and has remained popular ever since.
Braised Pigs’ Tail
Another one of the more well-known Chinese chicken dishes is the Braised Pigs’ Tail, which is very similar to the classic Chinese chicken rice pilaf, only it’s cooked in a different manner. Here, long, thin strips of pork are cooked in a stock made from various ingredients, with the end product being a delicious, moist soup. It is typically served with spring rolls stuffed with vegetables and herbs. If you’re looking to up the culinary quotient, then these Chinese chicken dishes are ideal. The ingredients are very simple, and it can be a lot of fun to experiment with them.
Large Deep-Fried Carrot
The next popular Chinese dish on the list is the large deep-fried carrot. To make this dish, you need a large carrot, some deep-fried meat, some Chinese soy sauce, some sugar, a brown egg, some rock salt, and a lot of Chinese cooking oil. All you have to do is to cook the carrot in the deep-fried meat until its texture is soft, then add the sugar and egg. Cover the meat with the Chinese cooking oil, and let it cook for about five minutes until the sugar had dissolved. Then, remove the carrot and remove its skin with a spatula. Place the meat on a paper plate, and cover it tightly with the rest of the Chinese cooking oil.
Chicken Stir Fry
Next, you need to create your own version of chicken stir fry. Using a skillet, brown some garlic and slice some sesame seeds on it. When they’re almost burned, place the cooked garlic into your pre-heated vegetable oil and stir fry it until its color was already browned.
Char Kway Tea
Another popular Chinese dish that you can prepare chicken with is called char kway tea or sweet and sour pork. For this, you need three parts of boneless pork meat (thick part), some sugar, some red pepper flakes, and a teaspoon of white wine. You need to brown the meat in a frying wok until its skin becomes golden brown. Afterward, remove it from the wok and cut it into thin pieces. Add the sugar and red pepper flakes, and mix all these ingredients with a teaspoon of soy sauce.
Lastly, another popular Chinese chicken dish that you can prepare is called ho mein. This one uses brown sugar, boneless, skinless chicken pieces, and vinegar. Then, you need to combine flour with a teaspoon of sesame oil and bring it to a boil. Then, turn the piece of chicken into a big patty and brown it inside the wok with a little bit of salt and sesame oil. Afterward, remove it from the wok and cut it into thin pieces.
Another one of my most popular Chinese chicken recipes, along with the sour chicken and char kway teo, is the chicken kung pao. For this, you will need one pound of boneless, skinless chicken, four cups of chicken stock, two tablespoons of soy sauce, and a quarter teaspoon of white pepper. Make sure that the chicken pieces are well-rubbed and marinated. When the marinated chicken pieces are completely cooked, add them to the stock and cook for three minutes. In the end, add the soy sauce, white pepper, and lemon juice. Then, add a bamboo steamer to bring the mixture to its boiling point, cover, and allow for five minutes.