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Tai Chien Chicken Recipe । Specialty For Chinese Restaurants

Honestly, the Tai Chien chicken recipe has been a mystery for many people. Most of us heard the name for the first time and may look for it in some authentic Chinese restaurants too, but it is somehow not as popular as other Chinese signature dishes. Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Well, worry not because we are here is a perfect recipe to enjoy this long-lost delicious chicken that is worth trying. It is tangy, sweet, and salty with a hint of spiciness and nuttiness.

It is a perfect blend of simple ingredients into something delicious. Yes, it is the easiest dish we have ever tried yet perfect for any mid-week meal for the family. So why wait, Let’s discuss everything about the Tai Chien chicken recipe! Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

History Of Tai Chien Chicken

You might have heard of Kung Poa Chicken, General Tso chicken, and even Szechuan chicken, too, but the Tai Chien chicken is like a distant cousin who has been removed twice and warmly welcomed again. But one thing is sure the Tai Chien Chicken recipe may summarise all these dishes with the almost same origin.

Originally the dish has an origin in Szechuan, China, and it literally translates into “Hot Wok” even though it is not very hot and spicy. Maybe the “hot wok” is derived from frying the chicken in the hot wok and then tossing it in the sauce, just a wild guess. Overall, what makes this dish different from others is the use of chicken thigh with the bone.

The sauce is complex yet simple and goes perfectly with rice and noodle, and if you want to try the traditional style, then you must have Mapo tofu. Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Ingredients For Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Chicken thighs: As we discussed, the Tai Chien Chicken is made with in-bone thigh pieces. But you can always use boneless chicken thighs too.

Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Egg white: We are using egg white for making the chicken crispy for the recipe. It might not be a traditional method usually used in Chinese cooking, but it is worth the crispy texture.

Corn Starch: Corn starch is another element we are using to make the chicken crispy. The corn starch and egg white mixture make the crispy and light coating around the chicken.

Garlic: Like any other Asian dish, garlic is the main element and must-to-have. The garlic gives the dish a mild spicy kick with a deliciously garlicky aroma.

Ginger: Ginger is another important element of Asian cooking. It adds freshness, and pepperiness with a hint of sweetness. It also gives off a sweet and pungent aroma that will tease your sense.

Sesame Oil: We are using sesame oil for frying and in the sauce too. The sesame oil has a unique nuttiness and balances out the sweet and savory flavors in the dish.

Soya Sauce: Soya sauce is another must-have Chinese condiment. The soya sauce gives the dish a deep savory flavor that lingers over the tongue. Since we are using regular soya sauce, the quantity of salt we will be using will be less. The soya sauce will bring out the natural saltiness in the dish too.

Chili Sauce: The Tai Chien Chicken may have roots in Szechuan, but this is the only chili flavoring we are using. The dish is not overall that spicy but has a mild kick of chili in it.

Hoisin Sauce: The hoisin sauce has a BBQ sauce-like flavor, but it is salty and tangy at the same time, unlike BBQ sauce, which has sweet flavoring as well. The hoisin sauce also has a meaty taste that blends well with the fattiness of the chicken thighs.

Chicken Stock: We are using chicken stock to adjust the required consistency of the sauce and have a deep umami flavor. Try to have a low-sodium option since the sauces are already high in salt, and the stock will make the dish way too salty.

Crunchy Peanut butter: Crunchy peanut butter will make the sauce super creamy with sweet and salty flavor. The crunchy peanut butter will add a crunchy peanuts element to the dish too.

Brown sugar: Brown sugar balances the saltiness of the dish. The condiments already have a high sodium ratio, and brown sugar helps cover their unpleasant taste. It also melts and gives the sauce a molasses-like texture that coats the chicken well.

Black Pepper: Black pepper balance the sweet and savory flavor with the hint of pepperiness in the dish.

Salt: Salt brings the entire dish together. But be careful while adding in the midway of the recipe. We will suggest adding a little to the sauce and adjusting it while finishing up. Tai Chien Chicken Recipe


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Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4 Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Ingredients For Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

Method For Tai Chien Chicken Recipe

  1. In a bowl, mix 1 tbsp sesame oil, soya sauce, chili sauce and hoisin sauce.
  2. In a spread bowl, mix the chicken thighs with 1 tbsp of the sauce mixture, corn starch and egg white. Marinate it for 15 minutes.
  3. In a skillet, add 2 tbsp sesame oil and heat it on low to medium flame.
  4. Add the marinated chicken to the oil and cook until the chicken is crispy.
  5. Take the chicken out and set it aside.
  6. In the same skillet, add the remaining sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Sauté for a minute.
  7. Now add the remaining sauce mixture, brown sugar, a pinch of salt, and pepper.
  8. The mixture will thicken, add the chicken stock to the skillet and cook until the sauce reaches the desired consistency.
  9. Add chicken to the sauce and cook for a minute.
  10. Now add the crunchy peanut butter and cook for another minute until everything is well combined and the chicken is coated.
  11. Taste for the salt and add, if necessary, at this point.
  12. Serve hot with a garnish of spring onions over noodles or rice.
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