Mongolian Chicken Recipe

Mongolian Chicken is a flavorful Chinese inspired American dish that has crispy chicken stir fried in a sticky sweet savory sauce.  It’s a delicious easy recipe that comes together in under 30 minutes.

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This is the ultimate comfort food from your favourite local chinese restaurant, made from home. Served over rice or noodles, it’s a salty-sweet meal that can be made gluten free.

This easy Mongolian chicken recipe will become a popular dish and family favorite. You’ll love the tasty juicy chicken inside and the crispy texture covered in a mouthwatering sauce.

I’m sure this delicious mongolian chicken recipe become a regular in your weekly rotation.


  • 30 MINUTE MEAL – With a cook time of 20 minutes, this is an easy chicken dinner recipe to make – even on busy weekdays!
  • FLAVORFUL – This easy chicken stir fry dish has the best combinations: Sweet, sticky, salty, and savoury. Spice can easily be adjusted to suit preference.
  • SIMPLE INGREDIENTS – You might have all right there in your pantry without a trip to the grocery store.

What is Mongolian Chicken?

First appearing in Taiwan in the 50’s, the ‘Mongolian’ term comes from the way it’s made, not for how it tastes. Just like General Tso’s Chicken, it’s not actually from China.

The stir-frying method over a large open surface, is loosely similar to Mongolian barbecue tradition.

Mongolian Chicken is a variation of Mongolian Beef recipe, and both are popular Chinese dishes served at American restaurants. This Chinese-American dish features Mongolian sauce consisting of soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sugar, and chilies.

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Did you know?

Authentic Chinese food is rarely sweet. The common and popular ‘sweet and savory’ combination was created to cater to the American palate.


Ingredients Required

  • Chicken – I use boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe but feel free to use boneless chicken thighs instead, especially if you want to ensure moist chicken.
  • Cornstarch – Cornstarch coating helps lock in the chicken juices while giving crispy chicken, and helps to thicken the sauce.
  • Sesame Oil – A neutral oil authentic to Asian stir-fry dishes.
  • Fresh Garlic – For the aroma and flavor of the dish.
  • Fresh Ginger – For the aroma and flavor of the dish.
  • Hoisin Sauce – Classic Asian sweet and salty sauce.
  • Dark Soy sauce: Use low sodium soy sauce. Or use gluten free soy sauce if you want to make gluten-free Mongolian chicken.
  • Brown Sugar: Use dark brown sugar to balance the savory and saltiness of the sauce.
  • Green Onions: (or scallions) Adds colour and a nice crunch.
  • Sesame Seeds – For a finishing touch.
  • Dried Red Chilies – For spice and a finish, yet totally optional.
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How to Make Mongolian Chicken

As always, scroll down for the printable recipe card for full directions.

  1. The first step is to prepare the recipe. Get out all the ingredients, measure. and chop. You also need to get these three parts ready:
    • Add the chicken, salt, black pepper, and cornstarch to a medium bowl. Mix so that the chicken pieces are well coated. Set aside.
    • Mix the sauce ingredients into another bowl, and set aside.
    • Make the cornstarch slurry by mixing 1 teaspoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water, and set aside.

  2. In a wok (frying pan or large skillet) on medium heat, add 2 tbsp oil. Once heated, fry chicken pieces while stirring continuously. The chicken is cooked when it’s golden brown on all sides, and is cooked evenly on the inside. This takes about 3-4 minutes. Transfer the cooked chicken onto a plate.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan; add garlic and ginger. Sauté on medium-high heat for a few seconds, until the garlic becomes fragrant.

  4. Add dried red chilies and half of the cut spring onions.


  5. Turn back to medium and add the fried chicken pieces. Mix continuously and sauté the chicken for 1 minute.
  6. Add the Mongolian sauce to the chicken mixture, and mix to combine.
  7. Add the corn starch slurry to the pan, and cook until the sauce thickens a little bit.
  8. Plate and garnish with sesame seeds and the rest of the chopped green onions and red chilies.

Recipe Variations

  • Protein: Instead of chicken, you can also use beef or tofu as your protein.
  • Add Veggies: mushrooms, broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, and zucchini goes well with this Mongolian chicken recipe.
  • Spice: Add some spice with red hot sauce, chili peppers or red pepper flakes.

Recipe Tips


  • Use fresh ingredients – For the most flavourful and rich results; use fresh aromatic green onions, garlic and ginger. Garlic powder and onion powder is not recommended.
  • Prepare all ingredients in advance – Any stir fry comes together in a hot pan and quickly. So have everything measured, chopped and ready to go before you start cooking. This includes any side dishes being served with the stir fry.
  • The recipe is quick, and so are you! – There’s no waiting game with this recipe. Do not leave any of the ingredients sitting in the hot wok (or hot skillet). Keep continuously stirring, keep moving everything around.
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What to Serve with this Recipe

Like our One Pot Moroccan Chicken Stew, this Mongolian chicken recipes go perfectly with plain white rice or steamed rice. You can also serve this easy mongolian chicken recipe over brown rice, or cauliflower rice.

When pairing with other dishes, think of your another restaurant favourite. Homemade versions always come from what we love when eating out.

Storage

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap, for up to 3 days.
  • Reheat leftovers in the microwave or add back to the pan and flash fry to reheat. If it’s too dry the next day, add a bit of chicken broth and mix well. It will liven back up the dish.

More Asian Inspired Recipes:

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Mongolian Chicken

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Mongolian Chicken is a flavorful Chinese inspired American dish that has crispy chicken stir fried in a sticky sweet savory sauce.  A delicious easy recipe that comes together in under 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into even bite-size pieces or strips
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ black pepper powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 4 green onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 tablespoon water

FOR SAUCE

  • 1 teaspoon sesame  oil
  • 2 tablespoons Hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup of water

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, add the chicken, salt, black pepper, and cornstarch. Mix everything so that the chicken pieces are well coated, and set aside. Mix sauce ingredients into another small bowl, and set aside. Also make the cornstarch slurry by mixing 1 teaspoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water, and set aside.
  2. In a wok or large skillet, add 2 tbsp oil and turn to medium heat. Once heated, add the chicken pieces and stir continuously. When they start turning golden brown on all sides and evenly cooked from the inside (3-4 min), transfer the chicken onto a plate.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in the pan; add garlic and ginger. Sauté on medium-high for a few seconds until garlic becomes fragrant.
  4. Add dried red chilies and half of the cut spring onions.
  5. Turn back to medium and add the fried chicken pieces. Mix continuously and sauté the chicken for 1 minute.
  6. Add the Mongolian sauce to the chicken mixture, and mix to combine.
  7. Add the cornstarch slurry and cook till the sauce thickens a bit.
  8. When done, plate and garnish with sesame seeds and the rest of the chopped green onions and red chilies.

Notes

  • You can add other vegetables of your choice such as: broccoli, mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container for around 3 days in the refrigerator or around 2 months in the freezer.
  • Use the microwave or add the leftovers back to the pan and flash fry to reheat.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 352Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1008mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 37g

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