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Tender juicy chicken bites with crunchy veggies in a rich sauce for a classic Chinese takeout-style chicken chop suey no one can resist! It’s a perfect recipe to use up your leftover vegetables. My blog post includes detailed instructions on how to assemble your own chicken chop suey using different veggies. {Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Chicken Chop Suey

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Tender juicy chicken bites with crunchy veggies in a rich sauce for a classic Chinese takeout-style chicken chop suey no one can resist! It’s a perfect recipe to use up your leftover vegetables. My blog post includes detailed instructions on how to assemble your own chicken chop suey using different veggies. {Gluten-Free Adaptable}
Chinese takeout-style chicken chop suey at home with tender meat, crunchy veggies and a rich sauce.
To make the dish gluten-free, use tamari to replace the soy sauce, dry sherry instead of Shaoxing wine, rice vinegar instead of Chinkiang vinegar, and Chee Hou Sauce instead of Oyster sauce.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: takeout
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb (450 g) chicken thigh or breast , thinly sliced against the grain (or breast)

Marinade

  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth (or water)
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chinkiang vinegar (or rice vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine (or dry sherry)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy (Optional), for color
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper (or black pepper)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 onion , sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 stalk celery , sliced on the bias (yield 1/3 cup)
  • 1 carrot , sliced (yields 1/3 cup)
  • 5 stalks broccoli rabe , or other green veggies, stems sliced on the bias and tops/leaves sliced into thick strips (yield 2 loosely packed cups) (*Footnote 1)
  • 1/3 cup baby corn , sliced (one 5-oz can)
  • 1/3 cup bamboo shoots , sliced (one 5-oz can)

Instructions

  • In a bowl, combine the sliced chicken, Shaoxing wine, salt, and cornstarch. Mix by hand until everything is evenly coated. Marinate while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients and stir until the sugar and cornstarch are fully dissolved. Set aside.
  • In a large non-stick or carbon steel pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the chicken to the pan in a single layer and separate the pieces with chopsticks or a spatula. Cook the chicken on one side until it begins to brown, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side for another 30 seconds, until cooked all the way through. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and the onion to the pan. Stir and cook for 30 seconds, until the onion just begins to brown. Add the garlic and stir fry for a few more seconds to release the aroma.
  • Add the celery, carrot, baby corn, and bamboo shoots. Stir fry for another 30 seconds to cook off excess moisture.
  • Add the broccoli rabe (or whatever greens you’re using). Cook until the greens are just wilted.
  • Stir the sauce again to redistribute the cornstarch and pour it into the pan. Add the chicken back into the pan and toss to combine everything. Cook until the sauce is thickened. Transfer everything to a serving plate.
  • Serve hot over steamed rice or boiled noodles.

Notes

  1. You can use many types of green veggies in the dish, for example, spinach, broccoli (blanched), broccolini (blanched), kale, mustard greens, choy sum, Chinese broccoli, and more. See the blog post above on how to prepare the veggies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 285kcal, Carbohydrates: 13.1g, Protein: 25.9g, Fat: 14.2g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 71mg, Sodium: 791mg, Potassium: 417mg, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugar: 4.1g, Calcium: 81mg, Iron: 2mg