Homemade Sesame Chicken

Why order out when you can make this delicious homemade sesame chicken right in your own kitchen? Thanks to Yuhong’s Country Kitchen video, it’s easy!

Homemade Sesame Chicken

 

8 oz skinless boneless chicken breast

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 egg plus one egg white, divided

4 tbsp cornstarch, divided

Pinch white pepper

Pinch salt

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

4 tbsp vegetable oil, divided, plus more for frying

½ cup of water

2 green onions

1” knob ginger, sliced (optional)

 

Cooking sauce:

2 tbsp soy sauce

Pinch salt

2 tbsp Chinese (black) vinegar

2 tbsp ketchup

2 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp cooking wine

Pinch of white pepper

 

Cut chicken breast into 2” cubes.

Place chicken in a bowl with soy sauce, 1 egg white, 1 tbsp cornstarch, pepper and salt.  Massage with hand until well blended.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, 3 tbsp cornstarch, baking soda, 1 whole egg, 2 tbsp vegetable oil and one pinch of salt.  Stir in water, a little bit at a time stirring until the mixture has no lumps and is a consistency that will coat chicken cubes.

In a small bowl, mix all cooking sauce ingredients.  Cut green onion into thin slices and set aside.

Heat 2” of oil in a heavy sauce to a temperature of 350℉.

Mix chicken cubes in the batter.  Put coated cubes in a pan one at a time, stirring occasionally to make sure they don’t stick together.  Fry until it becomes a pale yellow color, about 3 minutes, and remove from pan.  Fry in several batches if necessary to avoid crowding.

Allow the oil to heat to 380℉.  Put all chicken back in oil and fry until they become a golden brown, 1-2 minutes.  Remove from the pan.

In a saute pan or wok, heat 2 tbsp oil and ginger over high heat.  Put in chicken cubes followed by cooking sauce and green onions.  Stir fry for 30 seconds and remove from the pan.

Garnish with more green onions, if desired and serve immediately.

 

3 servings, 529 calories per serving

 

Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine at home, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube! Don’t forget to like, subscribe and press that notification button so you won’t miss any new videos!

Chinese-style Pancakes with Eggs & Chives

Chinese-style Pancakes with Eggs & Chives is a traditional dish made from dough instead of batter pancakes that are generally served in other countries.

Chinese-style Pancakes with Eggs & Chives
(Courtesy: Yuhong Sun)

 

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ – ¾ cup water plus more for soaking noodles

8 ounces angel hair rice noodle

3 cups chopped fresh chives** (5 oz)

1” ginger knob

3 eggs

5 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

3 tbsp soy sauce

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp oyster sauce

1 tbsp white pepper or to taste

1 tbsp sesame oil

Salt to taste

 

Measure flour and baking soda into a medium mixing bowl.  Slowly add water until it forms a soft dough.  Turn onto a flat surface and knead until it’s smooth and no longer sticks to the surface, oiling the surface and/or using a pastry knife if necessary.*  Allow to rest for 20 minutes.

Cover rice noodles with hot water and allow them to soak for 20 minutes.

Finely chop chives and ginger, set aside.  Beat eggs well in a small bowl.

Heat 3 tbsp vegetable oil in a saute pan or wok.  Pour in beaten eggs and allow to cook, undisturbed, until set. Use a spatula to flip the eggs over, leaving them in one piece.

Remove from the pan and allow it to cool slightly.  Chop the eggs into small pieces and add to the chive and ginger mix.  Cut the rice noodles into ½” pieces and add to the mixture.

Add soy sauce, olive oil, oyster sauce, white pepper, sesame oil and salt to the chive mixture.  Stir to combine.

Divide dough into 6 portions and roll into balls.  Dust surface of counter with a small amount of flour and roll each ball into a 7” circle.  Place an equal amount of the filling mixture into the center of each circle.  Fold over and press the edges to seal.

Heat remaining 2 tbsp vegetable oil in the saute pan or wok, spreading it evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Cook pancakes in batches, flipping several times until both sides are golden brown.

Alternately, pancakes can be brushed with vegetable oil and cooked in the air fryer at 380℉ for 8 minutes.

*I prefer to oil the kneading counter instead of using flour as too much flour will result in a dry pancake.  Only use flour if the mixture is too wet to form a soft dough.

** I substituted green onions in this recipe

6 servings, 470 calories per serving

Hack:   Sealing the edges of a pancake is similar to pleating a dumpling. For more in-depth instruction on rolling and pleating dumplings, check out this video!

Hack:  Cooked, filled pancakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or wrapped tightly and frozen for up to 3 months.

Hack:  Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root?  Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it!  Simply place in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.

Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine at home, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube! Don’t forget to like, subscribe and press that notification button so you won’t miss any new videos!

 

 

Asian Stir Fry Green Beans

Asian Stir Fry Green Beans is a simple, healthy and easy-to-make side dish that will shine at the dinner table!

Asian Stir Fry Green Beans

 

1 lb fresh whole green beans

2 cups water

1 tbsp canola oil*

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Wash and drain green beans.  Cut or break off stem ends.

Place a skillet over high heat.  Add beans and water.  Cover the skillet and allow it to steam until water evaporates.

When the pan is dry, move beans to the side of the pan, creating a well in the center.  Add canola oil to the well and stir fry beans for 1-2 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately.

*Any oil with a high smoke point would work in this recipe.

 

4 servings, 60 calories per serving

Hack:  Store leftover beans in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze, tightly wrapped, for up to 10 months.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!

 

Chinese Potato Noodles

In this video, Yuhong’s Country Kitchen will show us how to make authentic Chinese potato noodles. It’s a quick and easy side dish for any meal!

Chinese Potato Noodles

 

1 large potato

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 dried chili peppers (optional)

2 tbsp black (Chinese) vinegar

Pinch of salt

2 green onions

 

Wash and peel the potato.  Using a mandoline, spiralizer or knife, cut the potato into thin shreds, 2”-3” inches long.  Cover in cold water and soak for 3 minutes.  Rinse thoroughly to remove starch.

Heat oil and chili peppers (if desired) over high heat.  When the oil is hot, remove chilis and add potatoes, vinegar and salt.  Saute for 5 minutes and add green onions.

Serve hot or cold.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

 

3 servings, 180 calories per serving

Hack:  Chop leftover green onions and freeze in a sealable freezer bag or container for future use. While they won’t retain the crispness that would make them suitable for salads or garnish, they will be fine for cooking.

Hack:  For more instructional videos for making traditional Chinese cuisine, visit Yuhong’s Country Kitchen on YouTube!