This Chinese chicken recipe is based on my parents' home cooking, the chicken fried with green chilli is one common dish in our daily meals.
The key ingredient for this chicken recipe is
corn starch flour, which is commonly used in Chinese cooking,
particularly for cooking meat.
One way to use starch flour is when you marinate the meat, to mix the starch with a bit water and other ingredients.
Using starch flour helps to keep the moisture inside so the
meat will be tender; otherwise the meat may be hard or dry.
Another way is to add corn starch (mixed with water) at the end of cooking. The purpose is to absorb extra liquid so the final dish will look nicer.
In this Chinese chicken recipe we also used another famous Chinese ingredient called wood ear.
Wood ear is the black fungus grown on wood. It is very healthy, high in iron and fibre, low in cholesterol. It is good for blood circulation therefore helps to keep the healthy heart.
Wood ear itself does not have any special flavour except it is crunchy. But after cooking, it can soak up the flavour from other ingredients.
The wood ear sold in market is the dried product. You need to soak it for hours before cooking.
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins
I hope you find this Chinese chicken recipe is easy to follow. You may also use the same way to cook other type of meat with vegetables you like.
You can use this recipe to make other dish as well. See here I cooked another dish, chicken fried with broccoli and red dry chilli. Look nice? :)
So, that’s it. Hope you like this simple recipe. If so, please Like it on Facebook and share with others :-)
(Posted: 15/01/13; Update: 10/04/15)
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