Green Bean Chicken

Forget take-out! Green Bean Chicken is easy to make at home using a velveting technique that makes meat moist and super tender. Delicious with steamed rice!

Green Bean Chicken

Green bean chicken is one of my favorite Chinese food. I can never get enough of the tender-crisp green beans and moist chicken bites! And that sweet, sticky, salty sauce spooned over heaps of steamed rice? Nom nom heaven.

Luckily, this string bean chicken stir-fry is so simple to make, I can enjoy it at home without calling for take out. The dish requires basic pantry ingredients I don’t have to run around town for and and is ready in minutes without me breaking a sweat.

Three components

Veggies– green beans, also called string beans or locally as Bagiuo beans.
Protein– choice of chicken breast or thigh; slice into bite size pieces across the grain for a tender chew
Sauce– sweet and savory dark sauce made with chicken broth, light soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Double the amount if you prefer a saucy dish.

The secret technique

I am a big fan of the Chinese technique called velveting. The meat is marinaded in a mixture of egg white and cornstarch and then blanched in hot water or oil, creating a protective seal that keeps it super moist and tender.

If you love stir-fries such as Black pepper chicken and beef broccoli, this mode of cooking is a must in your food prep arsenal. Learn the simple trick and you’ll be saying goodbye to dry, stringy meat in no time!

Cooking Tips

For a more tender green beans, sear on medium high heat until wrinkled and then add 1/4 cup water, cover, and steam until tender-crisp before adding sauce ingredients.
To add heat, stir in 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes to sauce.

How to serve and store

Enjoy this tasty stir-fry dish with steamed rice or chow mein noodles for an Asian-inspired lunch or dinner at home.
Store leftovers in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Reheat in the microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals until heated through, stirring well between each interval. Or reheat in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring well until completely warmed through.

Green Bean Chicken

The best way to moist and super tender meat in stir-fries is velveting. Find out how and enjoy this green bean chicken without take out!

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

For Velveting

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the Stir-fry Sauce

  • 1/3 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or water
  • 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

For Stir-frying

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 thumb-size ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound green beans, ends trimmed

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine ingredients for velveting: egg white, Chinese cooking wine, 1 tablespoon of the oil. cornstarch and salt. Whisk together until well-blended and frothy. Add chicken and marinate in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Drain chicken well.
  2. In a pot over high heat, combine about 2-inches deep of water and 1 tablespoon of oil. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and immediately add chicken, stirring to disperse. Bring water back to a gentle simmer and once it’s barely bubbling, continue to cook chicken for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken from pot and drain well. Keep warm and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine stir-fry sauce: oyster sauce, chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, cornstarch and pepper. Whisk until well-blended and cornstarch is dispersed. Set aside.
  4. In a wok or wide pan over high heat, heat the 2 tablespoons of oil. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring regularly, for about 30 seconds or until aromatic.
  5. Add green beans and cook, stirring regularly, until wrinkled.
  6. Add stir-fry sauce mixture and cook, stirring quickly, for about 1 minute or until thickened.
  7. Add chicken and cook, stirring regularly, for about 2 to 3 minutes or until chicken is heated through. Serve hot.

Notes

For a more tender green beans, sear on medium high heat until wrinkled and then add 1/4 cup water, cover, and steam until tender-crisp before adding sauce ingredients.
To add heat, stir in 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes to sauce.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 403kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 1313mg, Potassium: 753mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 818IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 68mg, Iron: 2mg

“This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.”

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