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.
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.
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.
More Chinese Recipes
- Chinese Orange chicken
- Chinese Egg Wraps
- Orange Chicken Meatballs with Garlic Noodles
- Beef Chili Gravy
- Hot and Sour Soup
Chinese Almond Chicken
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
- 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
- If the sauce gets too thick add a bit water to achieve desired consistency
- For Weight Watcher: for chicken skip the cornflour and egg white and stir fry chicken seasoned with salt and white pepper
- To thicken the gravy replace cornflour with oatmeal
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