These Chinese Minced Chicken Recipes are flavorful, delicious, and easy to prepare. We've got 13 of the best recipes for home cooks to try at home, including stir-fries, dumplings, spring rolls, and meatballs.
Why use minced chicken?
Minced chicken is often overlooked in favor of larger chicken cuts like thighs or breasts, but it has unique qualities that make it a worthwhile ingredient.
- Tenderness: Unlike whole cuts, minced chicken maintains its tenderness even when slightly overcooked, thanks to separating its protein strands during the mincing process.
- Faster cooking time: Its smaller size means it cooks rapidly and evenly.
How to mince chicken
Minced or ground chicken is available at most grocery stores. But if you can't find it, you can mince it yourself. You can either use a butcher's knife or a meat grinder.
- The butcher's knife method is simple. Use a knife to chop the chicken into small pieces, then repeatedly chop it until it's super fine. This can take a bit of time and an arm workout.
- The meat grinder method is much easier, but you need a meat grinder. You can also use a Kitchen Aid attachment for your stand mixer.
This Chinese Chicken Meatball Soup features juicy meatballs in a flavorful tomato soup. It's simple to make with pantry ingredients and ready in just one hour!
I've been making this Chinese Chicken Meatball Soup for years, and it's simply delicious. Serve it with rice and fresh cilantro for a wholesome meal.
Tofu pieces are braised with tender chicken mince in a numbing and spicy sauce. Although it's typically made with beef or pork, this Mapo tofu recipe tastes just as good—if not better.
Pieces of tofu are simmered in a flavorful sauce that includes Sichuan peppercorns, chili bean sauce, peppers, finely chopped garlic, and ginger.
The broth is super flavorful, so it pairs well with a simple bowl of warm rice.
These tasty Chinese-style chicken dumplings are easy to make and delicious!
Each bite of these dumplings is filled with minced chicken, Napa cabbage, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, sesame oil, and white pepper.
I recommend using full-fat minced chicken or grind your chicken thighs for the best flavor! Chicken thighs have a higher content, making the dumplings juicier and more tender.
Chicken meatballs are one of my favorite Chinese minced chicken recipes.
These flavor-packed meatballs are infused with ginger and scallions and covered in a sweet, sticky soy and sesame sauce.
These meatballs are versatile for different occasions.
Serve them with toothpicks for a quick and simple bite-sized party appetizer, or serve them over rice or noodle soup as a main course.
Spring rolls are the perfect recipe for ground meat. Although the recipe uses "shredded chicken," you can substitute it for ground chicken with the same results.
Every bite contains ground chicken, cabbage, carrots, green peppers, and aromatic spices like garlic and soy sauce. You can also add green chilies for spice lovers!
After assembling the rolls with spring roll wrappers and sautéing the ingredients in sesame oil, deep-fry the rolls until golden brown and crispy.
This recipe is a fun alternative to Taiwanese rice with minced pork. It uses Chinese five-spice powder, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic to create a flavorful stir-fry.
If you don't like rice, you can also serve it over freshly cooked noodles.
Try substituting the white sugar with brown sugar for even more depth of flavor.
I love this recipe because it's simple and quick. It uses more common pantry ingredients like Hoisin sauce and Sriracha.
It's made with a mix of snow peas, carrots, bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots. Cashews add a wonderful texture and nutty contrast.
Like all stir-fries, make sure you have all your ingredients prepped. Once the cooking gets started, it's quick and doesn't stop!
I had to include at least one congee recipe in this Chinese minced chicken recipes list!
Minced chicken is ideal for making congee since congee requires a long cooking time. With ground chicken, the chicken stays deliciously tender and is evenly distributed throughout the soup.
I like this recipe because the seasonings are minimal. Just salt, ginger, and some soy sauce from the marinade.
Stir-frying green beans and minced chicken is fast and easy. This recipe contains honey and soy sauce, so the sauce is sweet, savory, and delicious.
Even the pickiest eaters will love it!
For the best results, sear the green beans over high heat to achieve a flavorful, charred effect. This adds depth to the dish.
Additionally, stir the ground chicken continuously while cooking to maintain an even consistency and prevent lumps.
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Kung Pao Chicken is one of the most popular Chinese takeout dishes, and this one uses meatballs instead of whole chicken!
This 30-minute meal of ginger-chicken meatballs and Chinese broccoli is flavorful and quick to prepare!
The meatballs are flavorful and made from lean ground chicken combined with scallions, ginger, and garlic.
To make, brown the meatballs until golden in a large skillet, then set aside. In the same skillet, cook Chinese broccoli with red pepper flakes until crisp-tender, and return the meatballs to the pan, adding chicken broth to simmer until cooked through.
11. Lettuce Wraps
Try these quick and easy chicken lettuce wraps, ready in 20 minutes! These wraps are even better than P.F. Chang's.
Make the savory sauce and sauté ginger, garlic, onions, and chicken. Simmer until thickened, then garnish with sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and spring onions. Serve by spooning the chicken onto lettuce.
Make sure you use iceberg lettuce leaves for a superior crunch!
This 20-minute recipe combines ground chicken with chopped bell peppers, zucchini, and crunchy peanuts. It uses a copycat of Panda Express sauce.
It uses the sauce recipe that was released by Panda Express themselves!
This recipe is loaded with vegetables, so making another side dish is unnecessary. Serve this as a main course with white rice on a busy weeknight or weekend.
13. Chicken Teriyaki
You can prepare ground chicken teriyaki in less than 10 minutes!
Thanks to the thick, sweet, and salty sauce, this dish tastes just like the traditional teriyaki flavors you are familiar with.
As with most saucy Chinese dishes, this is best served over a bowl of plain white rice.
And if the previous dishes inspire you, try eating this recipe as a lettuce wrap. Drizzle on some sriracha for a spicy kick!
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