Chinese Chili Mock-Chicken

After writing last week’s blog about my go-to 10-minute egg fried rice recipe, I knew that I needed to write a post about an easy main-course dish that tastes exactly like take out. So, here I am with my Chinese Chili Mock-Chicken recipe. It’s not as quick as the egg fried rice, but it’s worth it. It’s so easy and so tasty, perfect for beginners.


Note: if you would like you can replace the mock-chicken with actual chicken but mock-chicken is way easier for beginners.


Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves of garlic

  • 4 green chilies

  • Bell pepper (½ green & ½ red)

  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of chili garlic sauce

  • 1 ½ cup of water

  • 5-6 spoons of cornstarch

  • 3 teaspoons of black pepper

  • Salt to taste

  • Vegetable oil for frying

  • (Sesame) oil for the vegetables

  • 1 can of mock-chicken


Method

  • Preparations:

  1. Cut the mock-chicken into bite-size pieces.

  2. Rinse them and squeeze all the water out of the pieces.

  3. Add 3-4 tablespoons of cornstarch and coat all the pieces.

  4. Add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of black pepper, and pinch of salt and gently mix it together.

  5. Dice the onions, red pepper, and green pepper. (Big pieces)

  6. Chop the garlic.

  7. Make a slit in 4 green chilies. (Reduce the amount if you do not like spicy food)

  • Cooking:

  1. After cutting all the vegetables, fry the coated mock-chicken until browned properly. Make sure they’re crispy and not over-fried. Set them aside.

  2. Add 2 tablespoons of sesame oil (vegetable oil works fine too, but sesame oil enhances the taste), saute the garlic for 30 seconds.

  3. Add the green chilies and saute again.

  4. Add the red pepper, green pepper, and onions and saute.

  5. Continue to saute until the aroma of the onion fades away.

  6. Add 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of chili garlic sauce.

  7. Mix for 30 seconds.

  8. Add 1 cup of water, and let it boil.

  9. Add salt and black pepper.

  10. Add your fried mock-chicken. (Give it a taste if it requires more salt or chilli. If it requires more salt you can add a little more soy sauce or salt, you get to choose! If it requires more chili add more chili garlic sauce. It all varies upon your taste!)

  11. Cover it for 5 minutes.

  12. In the meantime add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch to ½ cup of water and mix.

  13. Slowly add the mixture to the dish while gently stirring. (Add it slowly while simultaneously stirring is a very important step.)

  14. Let it thicken.

Your dish is ready to be served!


This may seem very difficult but trust me, it’s not that difficult. It does require effort, but it will all pay off when it’s time to eat. So easy and so tasty, and it tastes just like Chinese takeout! You’ll love it, I promise!


Happy Eating!


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