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Tender slices of chicken and a bounty of veggies make this chop suey recipe a favorite of mine to cook for the family. In less than 20 minutes, I can make this tasty-as-takeout version that’s healthier with less oil and fresher ingredients. Plus, my kids just love saying “chop suey” which means they happily eat every last bite!

Best chop suey recipe

Best Chop Suey Recipe

If you regularly order chicken chop suey from your local Chinese restaurant, you will want to try this recipe. It’s simple, fresh, and you’ll be amazed that you can make it even better than they can. That’s because you’re making it completely fresh without excess oil or additives to bog down the flavors.

chop suey ingredients

Chop Suey Ingredients

  • Thinly sliced chicken breasts – We’re going to velvet them (see below) so they will basically melt in your mouth!
  • Baking soda – This velvets the chicken
  • Garlic – Mince it up!
  • Veggies – The best chop suey veggies are sliced white onion, thinly-sliced carrots, bok choy, sliced mushrooms, and bean sprouts.
  • Chop suey sauce – You’ll make this with soy sauce, oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine, sesame oil, cornstarch, white pepper, and water.

easy chop suey recipe

Easy Chop Suey Recipe

In 17 minutes flat, this chicken chop suey recipe will be ready to serve fresh from your kitchen. All it takes are fresh veggies and chicken plus a few staples you likely have in your pantry and fridge already to whip up the sauce. Once you make it, the whole family will request it again and again!

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How do you make chop suey from scratch

How do you Make Chop Suey from Scratch

To make this chopsuey recipe, you’ll first velvet the chicken by coating it in baking soda and letting it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. While you wait, make your sauce. Then heat vegetable oil in your wok or skillet. Add the garlic and onion and cook for a minute, then add the chicken and cook for an additional minute. When your chicken turns white, add the veggies in except the bean sprouts. Stir fry it together for a minute, then put the bean sprouts and sauce in. When the sauce thickens, it’s ready!

What goes well with chop suey

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chop Suey Every Time

  • Take the time to tenderize the chicken. If you plan ahead, you won’t waste time waiting and you get the most divine texture from the chicken, just like at your favorite Chinese place. This sets your chicken chop suey apart from the rest..
  • It’s fine to replace some veggies. Not a fan of mushrooms? You can leave them out. Can’t find fresh bok choy? Try broccoli or spinach instead!
  • Customize it your way. Yes, you can make this chopsuey recipe meatless if you prefer. You can also make it gluten-free by choosing a gluten-free soy sauce and oyster sauce.

How long does chop suey last

What is chop suey made of?

Chop suey is made of tender slices of chicken and a bounty of vegetables that typically include carrots, onions, bok choy, mushrooms, and bean sprouts. This all comes together with a savory sauce.

What is vegetable chop suey made of?

It is made with onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, bok choy, and bean sprouts. You can keep it with just veggies or add in chicken as this recipe shows.

What is the difference between chow mein and chop suey?

The biggest difference is that chop suey is an American creation based on Chinese cooking styles. Also, chow mein is all about the noodles whereas chop suey is most often served on top of rice.

What is the difference between lo mein and chop suey?

Lo mein is a noodle dish while chop suey is almost always served with rice. Chop suey is all about the veggies and chicken (or meat) in the sauce while lo mein has a focus on the noodles and discovering treasures of ingredients tucked within them.

What is chop suey made of

Is chop suey healthy?

When you make chop suey at home, it is healthy. This is because you’re using less oil than a restaurant would use. You’re also using fresh vegetables which are great for good health.

Does chop suey have sauce?

Yes, and the sauce is savory, perfect for bringing the chicken and veggies together.

What is chop suey sauce made of?

Chop suey sauce is made of soy sauce, oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine, sesame oil, cornstarch, white pepper, and water.

What is the difference between chow mein and chop suey

How to Cook Chop Suey

Chop suey is cooked on your stovetop. It’s awesome because it includes plenty of nutrition all in one wok or skillet.

How do you thicken chop suey?

With cornstarch in the chop suey sauce, it will thicken beautifully. If yours is too watery though and your measuring is off, you can add a little cornstarch and water as a slurry to thicken it up.

What goes well with Chop Suey

I love to serve chop suey with steamed white rice but you can top it onto lo mein noodles if you’d prefer. Since it has tons of veggies in it, I often serve egg rolls or a soup like egg drop or hot and sour to add more to the meal.

Is chop suey healthy

How to Store Chop Suey

If any leftovers remain, put them in airtight containers in your fridge to preserve your chop suey.

How Long Does Chop Suey Last?

In your fridge, you can safely keep chop suey for about 3 days.

How do you thicken chop suey

Can You Freeze Chop Suey?

Yes! Simply put it in freezer bags and lay it flat or put in airtight containers. It will keep for about 3 months.

How to Reheat Chop Suey?

From frozen, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready for your chop suey, simply warm it in a skillet on the stovetop.


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Homemade Chop Suey Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 160
This homemade Chop Suey recipe is better than that takeout. The trick to amazing chop suey is all in the sauce. When you get the Chop Suey sauce right it makes the entire dish exceptional! A good Chop Suey sauce is all in the oyster sauce and shaoxing wine. Its the trick that all the Chinese restaurants use to make their sauce delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 small white onion (sliced)
  • 3 medium carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 3 stems bok choy
  • 1 cup mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts

Chop Suey Sauce

  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 cup water

Instructions 

  • First, tenderize or “velvet” the chicken. Coat the chicken evenly in the baking soda and set aside for about 20-30 minutes. While the chicken sits, make the sauce.
  • To make chop suey sauce, start by whisking the cornstarch and soy sauce in bowl and then add in the oyster sauce, shaoxing wine, sesame oil, white, pepper, and water. Once the sauce is mixed, heat the vegetable oil on high heat in a wok. Add the garlic and onion and cook for about a minute, then add the chicken and cook for another minute. Once the chicken changes from pink to white, add in your veggies except for the bean sprouts and stir fry for an additional minute. Add in the bean sprouts and sauce. Stir fry until the sauce thickens and the vegetables remain crisp. Serve immediately over rice.
Calories: 160kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 723mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 5131IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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Lately, I’ve been exploring Chinese cuisine in my kitchen. Did you know it’s easier and healthier too to make your own Chinese takeout? And you can do it in less time than it takes to wait for your takeout order. Healthy ingredients abound in this healthy Chinese dish made from scratch in your kitchen. My family loves when I make chicken lo mein and yours will too!

Best lo mein recipe

Best Lo Mein Recipe

The best lo mein recipe takes kitchen staples and pairs them with fresh ingredients for a wholesome and delicious meal. Even if you’ve never attempted making Chinese cuisine at home before, this dish is so easy you’ll be doing it weekly!

lo mein ingredients

Lo Mein Ingredients

  • Chicken – Use boneless skinless and slice it up as the perfect protein for your chicken lo mein recipe.
  • Onion – Slice it finely.
  • Garlic – Get out that garlic press and mince it.
  • Carrots – Cut them matchstick style.
  • Bell pepper – Use green or any color you like.
  • Scallions – These should be cut to 2-inch pieces
  • Lo mein egg noodles – How can you have lo mein without the noodles?!?
  • Lo mein sauce recipe – You’ll make the lo mein sauce yourself using soy sauce, dark soy sauce, cornstarch, Shaoxing wine, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, and white pepper.

Easy lo mein recipe

Easy Lo Mein Recipe

Most of these ingredients should be in your pantry and fridge already, making lo mein an easy recipe to create. It takes 20 minutes from start to finish too so even on a busy night, you can make it without breaking a sweat!

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How do you make lo mein from scratch

How do you Make Lo Mein from Scratch?

You’ll take the ingredients for the sauce and put them together first. When finished, you can toss a tablespoon of it with your slices of chicken. Heat vegetable oil over high heat in a wok (or skillet) and then add the garlic and onions for about 45 seconds before adding the chicken. After a minute, add the other vegetables and cook until the chicken is cooked through. Then add your noodles, sauce, and water. Toss it together and then garnish with scallions.

How to cook lo mein noodles

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Lo Mein

  • Slice the chicken with the grain. This ensures each piece of your chicken lo mein recipe is tender and juicy.
  • Replace protein the way you like! You don’t have to use chicken. You can use pork, beef, shrimp, tofu, or even just leave out the protein if you’d prefer.
  • Make sure your veggies are thinly-sliced. You want them to all get soft quickly since you won’t spend much time cooking them.

What goes well with lo mein

What is usually in lo mein?

Lo mein noodles, garlic, onions, bell peppers, carrots, scallions and some type of protein (in this case, chicken) are used in lo mein.

Are spaghetti noodles and lo mein noodles the same?

No, although they are both long and thin. They use different ingredients.

How long does lo mein last

What kind of noodles are used in lo mein?

You’ll want to use lo mein noodles which are a type of egg noodles. Look in the international section at your supermarket to find them!

What kind of noodles do Chinese restaurants use for lo mein?

Chinese restaurants use lo mein noodles which are wheat flour noodles that have egg.

How do you make lo mein noodles?

Just follow this recipe! You’ll see how easy it is to make lo mein from scratch. The lo mein noodles are easy to find in any grocery store.

Can you freeze lo mein

What is the difference between lo mein and chow mein?

Lo mein uses the noodles tossed in the sauce while chow mein is distinctive in that the noodles are fried.

What is lo mein sauce made of?

Lo mein sauce is made with soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, cornstarch, sugar, mirin, sesame oil, and white pepper.

What is lo mein sauce made of

How do you Cook Lo Mein?

Lo mein is cooked on the stovetop. It’s super easy to achieve authentic flavor with this dish using a wok or you can use a deep skillet.

What kind of noodles are used in lo mein

What goes well with Lo Mein?

We love having soup to start like egg drop soup or hot and sour. Eggrolls are also great, though a nice sauteed bok choy will add more greens to your meal. You can also pickle cucumbers in garlic for a quick side.

How do you make lo mein noodles

How to Store Lo Mein?

Lo mein needs to be stored in airtight containers in your fridge, should you have any leftover.

How Long Does Lo Mein Last?

After putting in your fridge, you should use any remaining lo mein up within 3 days.

What kind of noodles do Chinese restaurants use for lo mein

Can You Freeze Lo Mein?

You bet! Put it in freezer bags and save it for another time. It makes a great quick meal!

How to Reheat Lo Mein?

Anything with noodles like lo mein is best heated slowly on the stovetop. You can use any skillet for this. Adding a little liquid can help prevent it from drying out too.


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Homemade Lo Mein Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 406
This delicious Lo Mein recipe is better than ordering takeout! With Lo Mein the secret is all about the sauce. This recipe has tender Lo Mein noodles and fresh crisp vegetables coated in a delicious classic sauce!

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 onion ( finely sliced)
  • 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (sliced 1/2 inch thick)
  • 3 medium carrots (cut matchstick style)
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 8 scallions (cut into 2" pieces)
  • 1 lb lo mein egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup water

Lo Mein Sauce

  • 5 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

Instructions 

  • First, make the lo mein sauce. Whisk together the cornstarch and dark soy sauce until smooth and then add in the remaining sauce ingredients. Take about a tablespoon of the sauce and toss with the chicken to coat evenly.
  • Then, heat 2 tbsp of vegetable oil, in a wok on high heat. Once heated, stir in the garlic and onion for about 30-45 seconds. Add in the chicken, cooking for about a minute before adding in the vegetables. Cook the vegetables until the chicken has been fully cooked. Once the chicken is fully cooked, add the lo mein noodles, lo mein sauce, and water. Toss everything together thoroughly. After everything is evenly coated with the lo mein sauce, add the scallions. Serve hot, garnishing with additional scallions is optional.
Calories: 406kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese

Nutrition

Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1148mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5888IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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My husband loves kung pao chicken. It’s his go-to order for takeout, or at least it was until I started making this kung pao chicken recipe for him. In less time than it takes for takeout to arrive, you’ll have this Chinese restaurant classic on the table much to the delight of your family!

Best kung pao chicken recipe

Best Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Cubes of chicken, peanuts, peppers, and chilis unite in this spicy Chinese stir-fry dish. It’s so delicious you’ll wonder why you never made it yourself. I know why…different cuisines can be daunting. But this dish is so easy, you’ll earn your chef badge!

kung pao chicken ingredients

Kung Pao Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken – Use boneless skinless breasts and cut them into cubes.
  • Marinade – Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, baking soda, and cornstarch help you get that restaurant-style taste and texture.
  • Garlic ginger paste – Adds that Chinese flavor.
  • Bell peppers – Use red and green. It makes it pretty!
  • Dried chilis – Here comes the spice!
  • Szechuan peppercorns – These add a lemony flavor with a slight numbing heat.
  • Peanuts – Use roasted unsalted ones.
  • Celery – Adds more texture and crunch.
  • Sesame oil – Completes the stir-fry.
  • Green onions – A must in Chinese cuisine!
  • Kung pao sauce recipe – You’ll make the Kung pao sauce from chicken stock, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, Shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, and cornstarch.

Easy kung pao chicken recipe

Easy Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Yes, the ingredient list looks long. It is, but it all comes together quickly. And most of these things will be in your pantry or fridge anyway. In all, it takes 30 minutes to make this delicious dish!

Yes – but first, kung pao chicken.
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How do you make kung pao chicken

How do you Make Kung Pao Chicken from Scratch

You’ll put together the marinade and add the chicken, letting it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. You’ll also combine the stuff for the stir-fry sauce. Then heat cooking oil in your wok or skillet over high heat and cook the chicken until the edges are browned. Remove the chicken and add more oil plus the garlic ginger paste, bell peppers, and peppercorns for about 2 minutes. Then add your stir fry sauce. Let it boil and thicken, then add your chicken in again. After a few minutes, add peanuts, sesame oil, and green onions and it’s ready!

How to make kung pao chicken sauce

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Kung Pao Chicken Every Time

  • Use boneless thighs if you prefer. We love chicken breast, but if all you have are boneless thighs in your kitchen, you can use them instead. The key is cutting the meat into small cubes for quick cooking.
  • Don’t skip the Sichuan peppercorns. They are the signature item in this revered dish. However, if you can’t find them anywhere, a half teaspoon of white pepper will suffice.
  • Make time to marinate the meat. Trust me, it makes the texture amazing!

How to cook kung pao chicken

What is Kung Pao sauce made of?

Kung pao sauce is a heavenly creation made by using chicken stock, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, Shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, and cornstarch. It also gets its distinct flavor from Sichuan peppercorns and chilis added during cooking.

What goes well with kung pao chicken

How do you make kung pao sauce from scratch?

Simply follow this recipe and you’ll see how soy sauce, dark soy sauce, chicken stock, Shaoxing wine, balsamic vinegar, hoisin sauce, sugar, and cornstarch come together to make kung pao chicken!

Can you freeze lo mein

What is the difference between kung pao and Szechuan chicken?

Szechuan or Sichuan is technically a style of food though you’ll see this listed on menus of Chinese restaurants in America. Typically, kung pao is spicy yet sweet while Szechuan chicken is bolder and stronger in spice.

Can you freeze kung pao chicken

What does kung pao chicken taste like?

It’s sweet yet savory and spicy all at once. The other ingredients add crunch and texture too.

What is kung pao chicken sauce made of

Do you eat the peppers in kung pao chicken?

While you can eat the bell peppers, don’t eat the whole chilis!

What is the difference between kung pao chicken and Szechuan chicken

How to Cook Kung Pao Chicken

Kung pao chicken is cooked on the stovetop in one wok (or skillet if you don’t have a wok). It is very simple to make!

What does kung pao chicken taste like

What goes well with Kung Pao Chicken

I think steamed white rice is a must for kung pao chicken simply because it soaks up all that sauce and it’s SO good! If you have time to make eggrolls, they’ll go great. If not, an Asian-style chopped salad made with a coleslaw salad kit is a quick and easy side.

Do you eat the peppers in kung pao chicken

How to Store Kung Pao Chicken

If any leftovers remain, package them up in airtight containers and stash them in your fridge.

How Long Does Kung Pao Chicken Last?

Plan on using your refrigerated kung pao chicken up within 3 days. If not, you can and should put it in the freezer to enjoy another time.

How do you make kung pao sauce from scratch

Can You Freeze Kung Pao Chicken?

Yes and it’s so good! I pour it into freezer bags and lay them flat. Then I have a super-fast and delicious meal for the family any time!

How to Reheat Kung Pao Chicken?

If frozen, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. You can then bake it at 350F in a baking dish covered with foil for about 15 minutes.


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Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 310
This Kung Pao Chicken recipe is the prefect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy that always has people asking how to make this classic. This recipe has it all, tender chicken, with crisp vegetables, combined in a delicious and flavor-packed sauce. Enjoy!

Equipment

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Stir Fry

  • 4-5 tbsp cooking oil (divided)
  • 2-3 tbsp garlic ginger paste
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 10-12 dried chilis (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 cup celery (diced)
  • 6 green onions (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 3/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 3 tsp sesame oil

Kung Pow Sauce

  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 3 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch

Instructions 

  • Whisk together the shaoxing wine, soy sauce, baking soda, and corn starch in a small bowl and add the cubed chicken. Cover and allow to marinate for 10-15 minutes. While the chicken marinates, combine the stir- fry sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  • Once the chicken has fully marinated, heat 2-3 tbsp of cooking oil in a wok on high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until the edges are browned. Remove the chicken and set aside. Then, add 2 tbsp of cooking oil into the wok. Fry the garlic ginger paste, bell peppers and peppercorns for 1-2 minutes before adding in the stir fry sauce. Bring the stir fry sauce to a boil, and once it begins to thicken, add the chicken back in. Stir everything until the chicken has been evenly coated. After about 2 minutes, add in the scallions, peanuts, and sesame oil, mixing well. Serve hot with white rice.
Calories: 310kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese

Nutrition

Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1440mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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When my family wants Chinese takeout, we always order beef and broccoli. Well, at least we used to. With this recipe, we get those same amazing flavors without too much oil. And it’s ready faster than any Chinese delivery can arrive at our door. Seriously, if the family wants Chinese tonight, make this beef and broccoli recipe and amaze them!

Best beef and broccoli recipe

Best Beef and Broccoli Recipe

The best beef and broccoli recipe features very simple ingredients that you can easily find in your local supermarket. You may even have most of them in your kitchen already. In just 35 minutes from start to finish, you’ll have tender strips of beef mingling with perfectly-cooked broccoli and that fabulous sauce you love all made from scratch!

beef and broccoli ingredients

Beef and Broccoli Ingredients

  • Flank steak – Slice it thin for faster cooking and melt-in-your-mouth texture!
  • Broccoli florets – Grab a fresh head of broccoli and cut it up. You could use frozen too I suppose but fresh is best for taste and texture.
  • Beef and broccoli stir fry sauce – You’ll make this from scratch with garlic ginger paste, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, and cornstarch.
  • Sesame seeds – The perfect garnish for any beef broccoli recipe!

Easy beef and broccoli recipe

You broc my world!
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Easy Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Beef and broccoli is one of the easiest ways to get into cooking Chinese cuisine. And this recipe assures it will come out amazing every time. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to having Chinese restaurant-quality beef and broccoli tonight!

How to make beef and broccoli from scratch

How do you Make Beef and Broccoli from Scratch?

To make this homemade beef broccoli recipe, you’ll first mix the sauce ingredients together in a bowl. After that, heat vegetable oil in a wok (or use a deep skillet) over medium heat. Add the broccoli and sauté until it turns bright green yet is crisp. Take it out and then turn up the heat. Add more oil and then toss in the beef. Cook it just through, then add the sauce and simmer until thicker. Then add the broccoli back in and it’s ready to serve with steamed white rice!

How to cook beef and broccoli

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Beef and Broccoli Every Time

  • Choose quality meat. It makes all the difference in this recipe. If you can’t find flank steak, you can use top sirloin or skirt steak.
  • Slice it against the grain. Doing so keeps your beef tender.
  • Make it hot! When cooking Chinese beef and broccoli, high heat is what makes stir-fry so delicious. Plus, it cooks faster too.
  • Chicken works too. If you don’t eat red meat, feel free to use chicken instead.

How to Cook Beef and Broccoli

Beef and broccoli is cooked on the stovetop. It’s a great one-skillet (or one-wok!) recipe!

What is beef and broccoli sauce made of

Do I need to boil broccoli before stir fry?

No. It needs to have a little crispness to it or it will have a mushy texture. Follow this broccoli stir fry recipe and you’ll get it just right.

How do Chinese restaurants make beef so tender?

They use a special technique in Chinese restaurants to make the beef more tender by velveting, a marinating method. But with this recipe, using quality beef is the secret to getting that tender and juicy texture you love without spending more time.

What’s that brown sauce in Chinese takeout?

In Chinese cuisine, many sauces are brown. This is because the main ingredients used in them such as soy sauce and oyster sauce are brown in hue as well. The beef broccoli sauce in this particular recipe uses soy sauce which lends it a brown color.

What is beef and broccoli sauce made of?

To make beef and broccoli sauce, you need garlic ginger paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Some hot water may be necessary if the sauce thickens up too quickly to ensure plenty of saucy coverage.

How do Chinese restaurants make beef so tender

Is beef and broccoli healthy?

At the restaurant, it’s not exactly a healthy choice since it has lots of sodium, sugar, and oil. But at home with this recipe, you’re adding less of those things. Make it even healthier by using low sodium soy sauce!

What beef cut is best for stir fry?

Flank steak is the absolute best cut of meat for beef broccoli stir fry. You can sub in skirt steak or top sirloin, though any tough cuts of meat will need to be tenderized to ensure they have the perfect texture.

What goes well with Beef and Broccoli

I think steamed white rice is one of the best things you can serve with beef and broccoli. It soaks up that sensational sauce. But if you want more, serve it with egg rolls and an Asian-style salad to round out the meal.

Do I need to boil broccoli before stir fry

How to Store Beef and Broccoli

You’ll want to put your beef and broccoli in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge. This way, it will stay fresh.

How Long Does Beef and Broccoli Last?

You can safely enjoy your beef and broccoli for 3 to 4 days when you keep it in the fridge. After that, you’ll need to put it in your freezer.

What goes well with beef and broccoli

Can You Freeze Beef and Broccoli?

Absolutely! In fact, it makes a sensational meal to use for meal prep in a pinch so go for it. Just make sure you label it well and eat it within 3 months.

How to Reheat Beef and Broccoli?

Let your beef and broccoli thaw in the fridge overnight, then gently warm on the stovetop and serve with more rice!


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Classic Beef and Broccoli Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 492
This super easy 1 pan Beef and Broccoli recipe is the perfect meal to get your greens and proteins all at once. Its full of tender beef, and fresh broccoli evenly coated in a delicious stir fry sauce. Pairs great on its own or over steamed rice, or quinoa.

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb flank steak (thinly sliced)
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 7 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp garlic ginger paste
  • 1/2 cup hot water (optional if steaming broccoli or thinning sauce)
  • 7 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

Instructions 

  • First, prepare the stir fry sauce ingredients. In a small bowl, combine thoroughly then set aside.
  • Then, in a large wok or skillet, heat 1 tbsp of vegetable oil over medium heat. Stir in the broccoli and saute until bright green and crisp. Once crisp, remove the broccoli and set aside.
  • Increase the heat to high and add another tbsp of vegetable oil. Place the slices of beef in a single layer and cook until just cooked through. Once the beef is just cooked through, add in the stir fry sauce. Reduce the heat to medium or low and simmer until the sauce begins to thicken. Once thickened, add in the broccoli and toss to coat evenly in the sauce. Add hot water a tablespoon at at time if you desire a thinner sauce. Top with sesame seeds and serve over white rice.
Calories: 492kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 1894mg | Potassium: 1080mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 994IU | Vitamin C: 142mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 4mg

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When you feel like Chinese takeout, do one better for your family and make this orange chicken recipe. My family never orders it from our local Chinese restaurant anymore because they love this homemade Chinese orange chicken version best. The sauce is sweet, savory, and just a hint of spice to satisfy on every level!

Best orange chicken recipe

Best Orange Chicken Recipe

Congratulations! You’ve just found the best orange chicken recipe around! Made with wholesome ingredients I know you’ve already got at home, you can even make this tonight. Steam some rice and let’s get started!

Easy Orange Chicken Recipe

In the amount of time it takes everyone to bicker about the takeout menu for your local Chinese restaurant, you can steal away into the kitchen and make this easy orange chicken recipe. Made with fresh ingredients that aren’t sitting under a warmer, you can feel good dishing this one up to your family. Prep will happen in a snap and before you know it, you’ll be serving it up.

Orange chicken ingredients

Orange Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken breast – If you like orange chicken but aren’t a fan of dark meat, this recipe is definitely for you!
  • Coating – To get that signature texture, your chicken needs to be coated with eggs, cornstarch, and flour for the perfect crispness!
  • Oil – for frying of course, and it’s way less than what they use to make it at the takeout place!
  • Orange chicken sauce recipe – All you need is orange juice, sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, minced garlic, water, orange zest, cornstarch, red chili flakes, and water for this sauce you’ll crave fortnightly!

Easy orange chicken recipe

How do you Make Orange Chicken from Scratch

A simple orange chicken recipe from scratch starts with making the sauce. You’ll heat it over the stove and thicken it with cornstarch giving it that signature texture. Then you’ll coat the chicken and fry it. You’ll sop up the excess oil, then toss it in the sauce and serve. That sauce is pure heaven on steamed white rice!

How do you make orange chicken from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Orange Chicken Every Time

  • You can use dark meat if you prefer. In my family, the kids are more enthusiastic about white meat, but dark meat works great here too. Just cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  • You can also turn this into a gluten-free dish. If you miss Chinese food because you’re gluten-free, making it at home is the best way to get your fix. In this recipe, you’ll just use gluten-free all-purpose flour instead.
  • Mince the garlic fresh. It gives this dish even more flavor than that pre-minced jarred stuff.
  • Use fresh ginger too. It’s the secret of Asian cuisine, lending the perfect aromatics and flavors.

How do you make orange chicken sauce from scratch

How to Cook Orange Chicken

Orange chicken is a dish you’ll make on the stove top. You’ll make the sauce first, then fry your chicken, drain it, and then combine the chicken with the sauce. Almost like an orange chicken stir fry, it’s so easy!

How to cook orange chicken

What is orange chicken sauce made of?

The orange chicken sauce recipe is made with orange juice, sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, fresh ginger, minced garlic, red chili flakes, water, cornstarch, and orange zest.

How to cook orange chicken

What is the difference between sweet and sour chicken and orange chicken?

While they both look similar and use chicken, they’re quite different dishes. Orange chicken has a crisper texture and lighter breading. It also has more of an orange flavor. Sweet and sour chicken has a thicker breading and much more contrast of sweet and sour flavors, plus an unmistakable red hue.

What is orange chicken sauce made of

Is orange peel chicken the same as orange chicken?

Orange peel chicken is famed PF Chang’s version of orange chicken. Their version is both sweet and spicy, using tomato sauce, brown sugar, and sriracha as notable differences from traditional orange chicken.

How to store orange chicken

A chicken may cross the road, but nobody crosses the chicken.
Anonymous

Can you freeze orange chicken

Is orange chicken dark meat?

Traditionally, orange chicken is made with dark meat. This recipe calls for using white meat, however, if you prefer dark meat, you can certainly make it that way when you follow this recipe by swapping in your preferred meat.

How to reheat orange chicken

What is a good side dish for orange chicken?

We love steamed white rice with this dish to soak up that glorious sauce. Orange chicken and rice are an excellent pairing. I also make a nice vegetable stir-fry to go with it so we all get more veggies. You can keep it simple with an Asian-style coleslaw or cabbage salad, asparagus seared with soy sauce and sesame seeds, or even steamed broccoli with garlic.

Homemade orange chicken recipe

How to Store Orange Chicken

Orange chicken should be put in the fridge after it cools and everyone is full. Tuck it in an airtight container for leftovers.

How Long Does Orange Chicken Last?

Once in your fridge, you can enjoy your orange chicken leftovers for up to 5 days. Don’t let it go to waste though. You can freeze anything beyond that point for a speedy meal prep.

Homemade orange chicken recipe

Can You Freeze Orange Chicken?

Yes, you can freeze orange chicken. Make sure it’s sealed airtight and use it up within 3 months.

How to Reheat Orange Chicken?

Simply let it thaw in your fridge overnight and then bake it in the oven at 350F or until heated. This will bring back the crispiness of the chicken.


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Orange Chicken Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 354
If you're looking to take you chicken game up to the next level this orange chicken recipe is just the thing. Orange chicken is tender, crispy, sweet and spicy all at the same time. Its sooo good!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless/skinless, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 4 eggs (whisked)
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • vegetable oil (for frying)
  • salt (to taste)

Orange Chicken Sauce

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes (add more or less for spice preference)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 orange (for zest)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  • scallions (green onions) (for garnish)

Instructions 

  • First, make the orange sauce. Add orange juice, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and red chili flakes to a medium pot. Allow to heat through on medium heat for about 3 minutes. While the sauce is heating up, whisk a tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water to make a paste, then add to the orange sauce and combine. Cook the mixture for about 5 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Once the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and add in the orange zest.
  • Once the sauce has been made it’s time to make the chicken. Place the flour and cornstarch in a shallow dish and whisk together, then add a pinch or 2 of salt. Dip the chicken pieces into the egg mixture and then flour mixture. Heat about 3 inches of frying oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Fry the chicken in batches, cooking for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Place the fried chicken pieces on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Once all of the chicken has been fried, toss it in the orange sauce over low heat in the same skillet. Garnish with scallions and serve immediately.
Calories: 354kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 206mg | Sodium: 559mg | Potassium: 756mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 434IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2mg

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Craving Chinese takeout? There’s no need to wait for your order. In fact, when I tell my family I’m going to make my fried rice recipe for dinner, they buzz around near the kitchen inhaling the aromas. It smells so good and tastes even better. Oh, and it takes such little time to throw together you’ll wonder why you’ve never made it yourself before!

Best fried rice recipe

Best Fried Rice Recipe

Give your local Chinese spot a run for its money with the best fried rice recipe around. You’ll see with just 8 ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen that you can have this one-dish main that will please the whole family.

Ingredients for cooking fried rice

Fried Rice Ingredients

  • Cooked rice – preferably chilled! Using cold rice will avoid you ending up with soggy rice. If you have leftover rice from last night’s dinner, that is perfect!If you have leftover rice from last night’s dinner, that is perfect!
  • Eggs – that gives your egg fried rice the proper texture and adds delicious flavor.
  • Peas, carrots, and onions – these are the veggies that add all that color and taste in your vegetable fried rice.
  • Soy sauce – the secret to that caramel color and fried rice seasoning flavor!
  • Sesame oil – it gives your fried rice that restaurant-quality taste.
  • Green onions – the best garnish to finish it all off!

*Note – Oyster Sauce is optional in this recipe for those that may or may not eat seafood. It adds a delicious dynamic to this recipe if you are a seafood lover!

Easy fried rice recipe

Easy Fried Rice Recipe

It’s funny how cuisine from other cultures can seem so intimidating, even something like stir fried rice. But don’t worry! Fried rice is one of the easiest Chinese dishes to make. A classic Chinese fried rice recipe is quick and easy, even when you’ve had a crazy day.

Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something.
Mitch Hedberg

How to make fried rice

How do You Make Fried Rice from Scratch?

If you have a wok, now is the time to trot it out to make fried rice. But without one, you can still make this dish. You just need a skillet, preferably a deeper one. Make sure you coat it well in sesame oil and cook the veggies, eggs, and then rice in that order. When making fried rice, make sure you continue stirring the ingredients constantly to ensure the rice cooks evenly.  Due to the higher heat you want to keep the rice moving and well combined, just like from your favorite Chinese restaurant!

What gives Chinese fried rice its flavor?

To give Chinese fried rice that restaurant-style flavor, it needs a little soy sauce and oyster sauce. These add umami to your stir fry rice recipe, the secret ingredients to making it taste authentic.

What is the difference between Chinese fried rice and Thai fried rice?

While both are stir-fried rice dishes, Thai fried rice uses fish sauce to add the umami flavor while Chinese fried rice uses soy sauce and oyster sauce. Additionally, most Chinese fried rice brims with vegetables while the Thai version uses less.

How to cook fried rice

How do You Cook Fried Rice?

It’s so simple to cook fried rice. A simple fried rice recipe requires only a few easy steps:

  • Preheat the wok
  • Coat it with oil
  • Cook your veggies
  • Add beaten eggs and scramble
  • Mix the veggies, eggs, and rice together with sauces
  • Garnish!

How to store fried rice

What are the Main Ingredients in Fried Rice?

You will need cooked rice that is chilled, onion, a thawed package of frozen peas and carrots, 2 beaten eggs, soy sauce, sesame oil, oyster sauce, and green onions.

What is the Secret Ingredient in Fried Rice?

Precooked and chilled rice. Fried rice is slightly more time consuming if you have to wait for your rice to cook. When meal-planning for my family, I will always make fried rice the day after I use rice for dinner. I’ll make extra and then put it in the fridge. Then the next night when I make fried rice, it’s ready to go.

Aside from that though, the rice needs to be a bit cold and dried out. Using precooked and chilled rice will prevent your rice from becoming mushy. The heat from your wok and adding all those ingredients will bring it back to life for a flavorful dish you’ll want to serve every week!

Why do you put eggs in fried rice?

Eggs are a traditional ingredient in fried rice. They add a richness in flavor plus a soft texture that contrasts with the other ingredients. Even if you don’t add any other protein to your fried rice, the eggs ensure you get a well-rounded meal.

How can I make fried rice better?

In addition to using soy sauce and oyster sauce, you can add in chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp. More vegetables can help your fried rice have plenty of nutrition and flavor while filling up the family.

Best type of rice for fried rice

What kind of rice to Chinese restaurants use for fried rice?

Basmati rice is the best rice for fried rice. However, long grain rice, jasmine rice, and brown rice can all be used. Remember, they must all be cooked in advance before using in this fried rice recipe.

Do you cook fried rice before frying it?

Yes, your rice needs to be cooked first. It should be cool too, preferably chilled, so that you get the best results. Fresh rice not only takes longer but also has the tendency to turn out soggy.

How to add flavor to fried rice

What can I add to fried rice for flavor?

Add whatever you like, especially if you’re trying to use an array of leftovers. Any stir fry friendly vegetables chopped into small pieces are always a great addition. As for protein, if you have any cooked chicken, pork, or beef, you can always throw that in too. Shrimp and tofu can be cooked up fresh with it for an even more filling meal.

Why is my fried rice soggy/mushy?

If you cooked your rice right before trying to fry it, you’ll always have mushy rice. Another reason for soggy rice is adding too many ingredients at once. You want to add them in separately to keep the wok temperature hot enough to fry.

Do I cook fried rice before frying it

Why do you use leftover rice for fried rice?

For one, you get to use up leftovers. But using fried rice has other benefits too. Because the grains firm in the fridge overnight, they are separate more easily so your fried rice won’t have a mushy texture.

How to Store Fried Rice

Fried rice should be stored in your refrigerator after it cools, assuming you have any leftovers! It can stay fresh between 5 and 7 days when you keep it in airtight containers.

How to Reheat Frozen Fried Rice

In a hurry? You can microwave your fried rice to reheat it. Add a little water to it and heat for 1 to 2 minutes, depending on how much you have. You can also warm it up on the stove. Don’t forget adding a little liquid to revitalize it first. After about 10 minutes, it will be ready to enjoy.


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Classic Fried Rice Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 348
This easy homemade fried rice is pack with flavors and is the perfect side dish to your chicken, steak or seafood. You can use different kinds of veggies that you have in your refrigerator and its equally delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice (or other white rice)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 small white onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots (thawed)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce ((Low sodium soy sauce can be substituted))
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 3 tbsp green onions (chopped)
  • 2 tsp oyster sauce (optional)

Instructions 

  • Preheat a wok to medium high heat.
  • Pour in the canola oil and make sure the wok is evenly coated. Pour the sesame oil into the bottom and add the onions, peas and carrots. Fry until tender.
  • Slide the veggies to the side and pour the beaten eggs onto the other side of the wok. Scramble the eggs. Once cooked, mix the eggs with the vegetables.
  • Add the rice to the egg and veggie mixture. Pour the soy sauce on top. Stir and fry the mixture until heated through and thoroughly combined.
  • Garnish with green onions and serve immediately.
Calories: 348kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3488IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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