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Chinese Almond Chicken

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Sometimes all you need is a hearty, quick fix meal that satisfies all your cravings. And my idea of these easy quick fix meals somehow is always Chinese food. Be it at a restaurant or homemade it’s always satisfying and you get everything in one – the protein, vegetables and nuts! Coincidentally my favourite Chinese food includes dishes with nuts be it the Kung Pao Chicken or this Almond Chicken

I make sure to include a Chinese dish or a stir-fry on the weekly menu. It is to add variety and more veggies in our meals. I had some left-over blanched almonds at hand and decided to used them for this Chinese Almond Chicken recipe. It turned out to be a delicious decision.

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Almond Chicken is a favourite dish of most. I remember as a family whenever we went out for dinner to a Chinese restaurant we always ordered Almond Chicken along with Chicken Manchurian of course. The flavours and textures in this dish are deliciously amazing. Stir-fry chicken with loads of colourful vegetables and toasted almond, all in a light savoury sauce is what makes it addictively delicious – and it comes together in just 30 minutes!

The best thing about this dish is that you can use any vegetables of choice. I used the ones I had – carrots, onion, bell-pepper, sweet corn and snow peas. So use any vegetables your family likes. You can even add your choice of protein. I prefer it with chicken and used chicken breast in this recipe, you can use thighs too. The toasted almonds give a nice texture and crunch to the dish. Every bite is accompanied with chicken, vegetables and crunchy almonds. The sauce is prepared with a few ingredients that you probably have in your pantry.

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It is a great dish for a weeknight dinner as it involves less cooking time so you can easily relax and do other things. It so filling and delicious that it can easily be a crowd pleaser dish to serve at lunch or dinner. Serve it with steamed rice, garlic rice or any rice you like. Weight-watchers can have it with quinoa, brown rice or even cauliflower rice – it tastes equally amazing.

Try this recipe for Chinese Almond Chicken tonight and I promise you’d love it and your kids would love it too. And if you’re into leftover meals as lunch, it tastes even better the next day.

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Chinese Almond Chicken

Almond Chicken is packed with delicious flavours. This stir fry of tender chicken, bright and colourful vegetables and crispy almonds in a light savoury sauce, is addictively delicious. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: Almond Chicken, Chinese
Servings: 4
Calories: 357kcal
Author: Hirra Pervaiz

Ingredients

For the Chicken

  • 2 Chicken Breast Fillet (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp White Pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 Egg White
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 3 tbsp Oil (for stir frying)

For the Vegetables

  • 1/2 cup Carrots (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup Baby Corn (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1 medium Onion (diced)
  • 1/2 Bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup Snow peas
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Green Chilies
  • 1/3 cup Almonds (blanched )

For the Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/2 tbsp White Pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp Black Pepper (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp Salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cornflour

Instructions

  • In a bowl add chicken, salt, white pepper, sesame oil, egg white and corn flour. Mix together so that chicken is well coated. Set aside
  • In a bowl mix together all the ingredients for the sauce. Set aside
  • In a small pan add 1 tbsp oil and fry the almonds. Keep stirring not to burn. Keep aside.
  • In a pan or wok heat oil on medium-high heat. Add the chicken and stir fry until it turns white.  Don’t overcrowd the wok. Remove chicken from pan onto on a plate. 
  • In the same pan or wok add 1 tbsp oil (if needed) add in the garlic and stir-fry until fragrant. Now add all the vegetables and stir fry until crisp and tender. 
  • Now add chicken to the pan along with the sauce. Mix it all together and bring it to a boil. Let simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • To thicken the sauce add cornflour slurry (2 tbsp cornflour mixed with water) to the pan to desired consistency.
  • As soon as the sauce thickens, dish and add toasted almonds. 
  • Serve immediately with steamed or garlic rice

Notes

  1. If the sauce gets too thick add a bit water to achieve desired consistency
  2. For Weight Watcher: for chicken skip the cornflour and egg white and stir fry chicken seasoned with salt and white pepper
  3. To thicken the gravy replace cornflour with oatmeal

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23 Comments

  • cait

    im always searching for new chicken recipes and i love the idea of having this chinese almond one to make this week YUM!

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  • Arun Dahiya

    It’s look so good and delicious. Thank you for this amazing recipe. My family would be interested in trying it I guess. Didn’t know about the oatmeal trick. Will check that out.

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  • Huda

    As crazy as it sounds, ive never tried a chinese dish. This looks absolutely delicious and fairly easy to make!

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  • Ritu Sharma

    This looks yummmy! I don’t cook because I’m not used to it, but this recipe looks delicious and healthy!

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  • The Nail Trip

    Holii!
    Reading your post, I went to consult the menu of my favorite Chinese restaurant, and it turns out that it does not have it on their menu. I’m going to print your recipe, because I love Chinese food.
    Good day!!

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  • jessa b.

    guess what I’m cooking for the husband tonight? Chinese almond chicken it is! Thanks for the recipe sweetie!

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  • Bree

    My kids really loved this so this is for sure a weekly recipe in our home now! So yummy!

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  • Genny Gall

    We are really a fan of Chinese food, and this dish will be our new try

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  • adriana

    WOW. this sounds so delicious. I could never master making a chinese dish at home.

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  • Michael

    I love how the photo you used slowly go nearer and nearer lol Felt like eating it already, Lunch time here lol so lets eat!

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  • Alexandra Cook

    Wow, I have never tried this recipe looks really delicious and easy. I will try to make this for my kids, thanks for sharing!

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  • Sania Ahmed

    What will be the alternate of white pepper? Would love to try this recipe.

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  • Czjai Reyes-Ocampo

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I’ve been wanting to replicate this ever since I tried one at a restaurant in Hong Kong. 🙂

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  • Roamy

    This looks really appetizing, although I can not cook chinese, will have to try this out following your tips.Thanks so much for sharing.

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  • Ashli Ferguson

    GOODNESS this looks delicious!! I want to try this now!

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  • HilLesha

    This dish looks amazingly delicious! While I don’t eat meat, I know that my oldest son would love this recipe.

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  • Angela Ricardo

    I do like to order Chinese food and that Almond Chicken sounds really flavorful and delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  • Dr. K. Lee Banks

    Oh, this looks delicious! I have all the ingredients on hand, so I MUST make this! I’ve already saved the recipe to print out.

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  • Sudipa

    We are always on the lookout for a nice chicken dish.This one sounds easy-peasy and looks delicious too.I will try it for sure

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  • aisasami

    This looks amazing, I might have to try to make this tomorrow!

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  • Danang Sutani

    It looks like it’s very tasty, maybe I want to try this recipe at home.. 😊

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  • Kalyan Panja

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I would love to prepare it.

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  • Danang Sutani

    Looks very delicious, thank you for the recipe I will try it soon ..

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