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Picture golden, crispy chicken strips, tender and juicy on the inside, enrobed in a sauce that’s the epitome of sweet-spicy perfection—welcome to the world of my Ginger Chicken. Every bite of this heavenly dish is a journey through layers of flavor, offering a gourmet experience that beckons the senses and captivates the palate.
Spice up your dinner with Ginger Chicken
Experience a flavor explosion with this Ginger Chicken, a dish that beautifully marries crispiness with a spicy, sweet, and tangy sauce. Each piece of chicken, meticulously coated and fried until golden, is a bite of crunchy delight, revealing juicy, flavorful tenderness with subtle whispers of smoked paprika and ginger.
The sauce is where fiery meets sweet; a dazzling mixture of honey and sriracha, it envelops the crispy chicken, whispering sweet, spicy secrets with every bite. A dash of soy sauce and fresh ginger adds a zesty twist, elevating the dish to a whole new level of deliciousness, while the garnish of sesame seeds and green onions provide the final touch of elegance and flavor.
Why You’ll Love This Ginger Chicken
- Super Tasty: This ginger chicken is really yummy! It’s got a mix of sweet, spicy, and salty flavors that make every bite super exciting. It’s a hit for anyone who loves food with lots of flavors!
- Easy to Make: People love this recipe because it’s simple and easy to make. It’s great for anyone, no matter how good you are at cooking. Plus, it goes well with lots of different sides like rice, noodles, or veggies, so it’s easy to make it just the way you like it!
- Crunchy and Juicy: The chicken is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, which is a really satisfying combo. The little crunch from sesame seeds and the fresh taste of green onions make it even better. It looks good, and it tastes even better!
- Chicken Breast: We’re using boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin, long strips, to make sure the dish is tender and cooks quickly. If you prefer, you could substitute chicken thighs for a juicier texture.
- Eggs: Eggs act as the binding agent for the breading.
- Vegetable Oil: Used for frying the chicken, you can also use canola or sunflower oil.
- Sesame Seeds: These add a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor; however, they are optional, or you can use chopped nuts as a substitute.
- Green Onions: They give a fresh and sharp taste, but they’re optional, or you can use chives as a substitute.
- All-purpose Flour: This is for coating the chicken; you can substitute with gluten-free flour if needed.
- Cornstarch: Mixed with flour for breading, it makes the chicken extra crispy. You can use arrowroot as a substitute.
- Garlic Powder, Ground Ginger, Smoked Paprika, Salt, and Pepper: These spices add depth to the flavor of the breading; feel free to play around with other spices.
- Red Pepper Flakes: They add a spicy kick to the sauce; adjust to your preference or omit if you prefer less heat.
- Honey: Adds sweetness to balance the sauce. You can use maple syrup or agave nectar as a substitute.
- Soy Sauce: It gives the sauce a salty and umami flavor. You can use tamari or coconut aminos as alternatives.
- Sriracha Sauce: It contributes to the sauce’s spiciness; you can use any hot sauce of your preference or adjust the amount to your liking.
- Fresh Ginger and Garlic: They bring aromatic and flavorful elements to the sauce. While fresh is best, ground ginger and garlic powder are possible alternatives.
- Black Pepper: Adds a bit of heat and flavor to the sauce. If you don’t like black pepper, you can leave it out.
You won’t believe how easy this dish is to whip up! We’ll start with setting up our ingredients and getting our chicken nice and breaded.
So first, let’s whisk our eggs in one plate and mix up our flour, cornstarch, and all those flavorful spices in another.
Now, dip those chicken strips in the egg, then give them a good roll in the flour mixture to get them nicely coated.
Time to get cooking! Heat up your oil in a deep pan or a Dutch oven. Once it’s hot, pop the chicken in, piece by piece. Fry them until they’re golden brown and the chicken is cooked through, about 3 or 4 minutes each. And of course, let’s do this in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan.
While our chicken is cooking, let’s get that sauce ready. Just whisk together the red pepper flakes, honey, soy sauce, sriracha, fresh ginger, garlic, and pepper.
Now for the fun part! Drizzle that delicious sauce over the crispy chicken pieces. Give them a good toss to make sure they’re all coated in that gingery goodness.
And lastly, if you’re feeling it, sprinkle some sesame seeds and chopped green onions on top for an extra burst of flavor and texture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use chicken thighs instead of chicken breast for this recipe?
Absolutely! Chicken thighs can be a juicier and more flavorful alternative. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time as needed since thighs may take a bit longer to cook through.
Can this dish be made gluten-free?
Yes, you can make this dish gluten-free by substituting all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative and using a gluten-free soy sauce or tamari.
What can I use instead of sriracha sauce if I don’t have any?
If you don’t have sriracha, you can use any other hot sauce you prefer. However, the flavor might vary slightly, so adjust the quantity to your taste preference.
Can I bake the chicken instead of frying?
Certainly! Baking is a healthier alternative to frying. Arrange the coated chicken pieces on a baking sheet and bake them at 400°F (200°C) until they are golden and crispy, usually around 20-25 minutes.
- Optimal Oil Temperature: Ensure the oil is hot enough before frying the chicken. The ideal temperature is around 350°F (180°C). If it’s too hot, the outside will brown too quickly before the inside is cooked, and if it’s not hot enough, the chicken will absorb too much oil and become greasy.
- Avoid Overcrowding: Don’t overcrowd the pan when frying the chicken; this can lower the oil temperature and make the chicken pieces stick together. Fry in batches to maintain the optimal temperature and ensure each piece is crispy.
- Use Fresh Ginger: Fresh ginger can make a big difference in flavor. While ground ginger is convenient, using freshly minced ginger will give you a more vibrant and aromatic taste.
- Balancing Flavors: Balance the sweetness and spiciness according to your taste. You can taste the sauce before adding to the chicken and adjust honey and sriracha levels as needed.
- Resting the Coated Chicken: After coating the chicken in the flour mixture, let it sit for a few minutes on a wire rack. This will allow the coating to adhere better, resulting in a crispier texture when fried.
First, allow any leftovers to cool to room temperature. Once cool, transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate. You can relish this dish again within 3 to 4 days when stored this way.
You can also freeze it! Just ensure it’s packed in a freezer-safe, airtight container or tightly wrapped in aluminum foil. The frozen ginger chicken can be reheated and enjoyed for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy again, thaw it in the fridge overnight and reheat to the perfect temperature in the oven or on the stovetop, ensuring it’s piping hot before serving.
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For chicken breading
- Whisk the eggs in a shallow plate. In another shallow plate whisk together all the breading ingredients.
- Dip the chicken pieces in the egg wash then dredge them through the flour and make sure each piece is fully coated in flour.
- Fill a Dutch oven or a deep frying pan with vegetable oil, about 1½ inches deep and heat. When the oil is hot, ideal temperature is around 350°F (180°C), add chicken to the pan, a few at a time, and fry it for about 3 or 4 minutes until it's golden brown. Make sure the chicken is cooked inside. Repeat this until all the chicken is fried.
- To make the sauce whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Drizzle the sauce over the chicken and give them a good toss. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions if preferred.
- Chicken Preparation: The chicken should be cut into thin and long strips to ensure even cooking.
- Oil Temperature: Maintain an oil temperature of around 350°F (180°C) for optimal frying results.
- Breading Consistency: Ensure each piece of chicken is well-coated with the breading mixture for a crispy texture.
- Sauce Application: Drizzling the sauce over the chicken after frying will keep the exterior crispy.
- Serving Suggestion: This dish is best served immediately while the chicken is crispy and the sauce is fresh.
- Substitution: If you don’t have sriracha sauce, any hot sauce can be a good alternative, but adjust to taste.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.