Tai Chen Chicken – This easy Tai Chien chicken stir fry is made with flavorful tender chicken with a sweet sour sauce served with steamed rice perfect for those busy weeknights!
What is Tai Chen Chicken?
Its mainly originated from Sichuan cuisine and is very similar to schezwan chicken, this dish consists of tender, crispy chicken tossed in a rich, spicy sauce made of hoisin, chilies, and the sweetness of bell peppers and celery. It’s a party in your mouth, and trust me, the invitation is non-negotiable.
Tips and Tricks
Double fry the chicken: This ensures crispy perfection without oiliness. Fry once until golden, then again just before adding to the sauce for maximum crunch.
Don’t skimp on the hoisin sauce: This sweet and savory sauce is the backbone of the dish. Adjust the amount to your spice tolerance, but remember, it’s the yin to the yang of the chili heat.
Vegetables: Bell peppers, celery, and water chestnuts add textural contrast and freshness. Feel free to get creative with other veggies like broccoli or mushrooms.
Vegetarian: Swap the chicken for tofu or tempeh.
Spicy Szechuan Shrimp: Replace the chicken with shrimp for a seafood twist.
Kung Pao: Add peanuts for an extra layer of richness and texture.
How to serve this Tai Chen chicken?
Serve over noodles, stir-fried greens, steamed bok choy, or a refreshing cucumber salad as a side and Steamed rice – It’s the best combo to absorb the delicious sauce.
- 1 pound chicken thighs, boneless (cut into bite-size pieces)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or olive oil)
- 2 red bell peppers, diced
- 2 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce (low sodium)
- 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (Franks red hot sauce)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat a wok over high heat, add oil. Once hot, add the chicken and stir fry for 5-8 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken and set aside.
- Add red bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes.
- In a small mixing bowl, add chicken broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, hoisin sauce, and ginger. Mix until well combined.
- Add the chicken back to the wok, then add the sauce. Give it a good mix until the chicken is well coated with the sauce.
- Serve hot over noodles or steamed rice.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 372Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 17gCholesterol 148mgSodium 1302mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 29g
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Tai Chien Chicken – FAQs
Is this spicy?
This dish packs a punch, but the heat is balanced by the sweet and savory taste similar to General Tso’s Chicken.
Where can I find Tai Chen chicken?
This dish might be a hidden gem, but it’s out there! Check out your local Chinese restaurants, particularly those specializing in Szechuan cuisine.
So, grab your wok, crank up the heat, and get ready to ignite your taste buds with the fiery magic of Tai Chen chicken. And don’t forget to share your culinary adventures with me in the comments below!