Aromatic, juicy and crispy shredded chicken and crunchy bell peppers are stir-fried together in this gorgeous Chinese dish. This recipe is paleo, gluten-free and low-carb friendly and can be served on its own or with a side of cauliflower or regular rice or green veggies.
Today, I’m excited to feature my guest contributor ChihYu Smith’s recipe for Chinese crispy, shredded chicken, which she made especially for my readers. ChihYu is the recipe developer, photographer, and writer behind the blog I Heart Umami – a recipe site that teaches people how to cook Asian-inspired paleo cuisine and I think you will really enjoy this lovely stir-fry dish she made for us. Check out ChihYu’ s website and find her on Instagram , Facebook, or YouTube. Take it away ChihYu!
I’m so excited to be sharing one of my favourite recipes – Crispy Shredded Chinese Chicken – with you today. I first discovered Irena and her blog through her post on why I eat miso. I got a great deal of inspiration from Irena’s recipes and have since then been devoting my time to perfecting Asian food in the paleo world.
Growing up in Asia, I loved watching my mom prepare dinner whenever I was home. She always had ways of making boring chicken breast juicy and flavorful. I’m going to tell you about my family’s secret. And the best part? You can apply the same principle to beef, pork, shrimp, or even veggies.
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY CRISPY SHREDDED CHICKEN
Contrary to what you may believe, the secret to making crispy shredded chicken without deep-frying is skipping the batter and using egg-white with a balanced ratio between root vegetable starch and protein.
The egg white adds moisture to the protein whereas the starch creates a protective shield to seal in the moisture. The ratio between starch and protein is important because the meat will get soggy if you use too much starch, and if you use too little, it will be difficult to create that crispy texture.
Chicken is seasoned and marinated with salt, white pepper (very Chinese!), ginger and garlic powders (you could also use fresh aromatics) and Chinese rice wine (which is optional). The addition of arrowroot and egg white turns this marinade into the chicken coating.
OTHER STIR-FRY INGREDIENTS
Similar to my wildly popular Paleo sweet and sour chicken recipe, I use fresh red and green bell pepper to add colour and crispness to this flavourful dish. You can throw in broccoli, zucchini, scallions, carrots, Asian greens or anything else you like.
Fresh aromatics such as ginger, scallions (green onions) and chili are also used and are very typical in Chinese cooking.
This is a dish that’s savoury, refreshing, and deeply satisfying. I hope you enjoy this post and I welcome your tips and suggestions about what’s worked for you in your own paleo cooking. Have fun & Enjoy!
WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS CHINESE CHICKEN Stir Fry?
To be honest, I enjoyed this meal as is. The chicken was very satiating and we added some broccoli to the stir fry as well as bell peppers, so it felt like a complete meal. You could serve it over cauliflower rice or with some zucchini noodles. If you’re not doing paleo, regular white rice or brown rice or some rice noodles would go well with this dish as well. You can also steam some broccoli, bok choy or other Asian greens on the side.Print
Crispy shredded chicken and bell peppers are stir-fried together in this healthified Chinese classic. Paleo, gluten-free, Whole30, and low-carb friendly.
- 500 g/ 1 lb boneless and skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
For chicken seasoning
- 1.5 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- 1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic or onion powder
- 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine (or dry sherry) – this is optional
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot powder or sweet potato starch powder
For the aroma base
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
- 4 tablespoons green onion/scallions, thinly sliced (separate green and white parts)
- 1 teaspoon dry red chilil powder or chilli flakes/pepper
- 1 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
- 1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
- 4 tablespoons olive or coconut oil (to pan-fry the chicken)
- 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil (to sauté veggies)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (before serving, optional)
- Prep: Thinly slice chicken and bell peppers, and finely chop/slice all ingredients.
- Marinade: Mix sliced chicken strips with the chicken seasoning ingredients and leave for 15 mins. Make sure all ingredients are seasoned and coated evenly.
- Pan-fry chicken: Heat 4 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil in a large sauté pan or a wok over high heat. When the pan is hot, pan fry the chicken in separate batches. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan. Add more oil if needed. Set aside when they are cooked through and golden brown.
- Hint: The chicken strips might stick to each other. You may need to be constantly flipping and scooping to separate the strips.
- Create aroma base: In the same pan (without the chicken), heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium -high heat. When it’s hot, add the ginger and chilli powder. Quickly stir-fry the ingredients for about 3-5 seconds. Then add the white-colored part of your chopped scallions and season with a small pinch of salt. Keep stir-frying for another 5 seconds. You should smell a great aroma coming from the spices. Be careful not to burn the ingredients.
- Add the veggies: Add sliced green and red bell peppers to the. Season with another pinch of salt and white pepper. Constantly scoop and stir the ingredients for about 10 -15 seconds total.
- Add the chicken: Add chicken back to the wok. Toss all ingredients together for about 10-15 seconds. (Optional: deglaze the wok with 1 tbsp of Chinese rice wine.)
- Serve & enjoy: Serve over a large size plate. Sprinkle with the chopped green part of your scallions, more toasted sesame seeds, and 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil.