This Mongolian Chicken dish is made of crispy fried bites of chicken tossed in a super delicious savory sauce, and served with spicy chilies and broccoli!
Talk about a hearty dinner! I love serving chicken because I always have some on hand and I love serving broccoli because…. it’s the only vegetable my kids will actually eat!
While you may very well be familiar with Mongolian Beef from the menu at your favorite Chinese restaurant, today we are turning it into a super simple chicken dish.
You will love this Mongolian Chicken because:
- It has crazy depth-of-flavour. There are so many different tastes you will find yourself enjoying the bite long after you’ve finished eating.
- The chicken is perfectly crispy but not over-fried.
- Super hearty thanks to the broccoli!
- Saucy. saucy. saucy.
What does Mongolian Chicken taste like/ Ingredients:
Instead of sticking to the typical soy sauce and brown sugar centered sauce, I added a few ingredients here that are serious game changers.
Chinese Five Spice. This is the main spice in our dish-which is comprised of five spices- cinnamon, star anise, schezuan peppercorn, cloves, and fennel seed. The result is a seasoning choke-full of umami that is sweet and salty at the same time. You’ll notice the recipe only calls for 1/2 teaspoon- and that’s really all you need!
INSIDER! I actually got my 5 Spice from a chef on Masterchef that was working with us at the restaurant- he made a homemade version of the spice and brought me a small container to take home- thanks!!
You can buy Chinese Five Spice Powder online (link to Amazon here, affiliate). It’s a wonderful addition to the spice drawer!
Molasses and Mirin. I use molasses in this dish to get a gorgeous eat-me-now colour for the sauce and a rich caramel-y flavor. Mirin is a sweet Japanese style cooking wine that combined with the soy sauce and brown sugar, mimics Teriyaki Sauce. If you’ve been making recipes with me for a while, you’ll remember this ingredient from a lot of our asian inspired recipes!
More Asian Dishes You’ll Love:
This Mongolian Chicken and Broccoli dish is a serious dinner that you will find yourself craving over and over. It’s easy to prepare and will leave you happy, satisfied, and going in for seconds! If you make it I would love to see your photos on Instagram. Enjoy!!
Mongolian Crispy Chicken and Broccoli
- 2 frying pans/ wok
- 3-4 chicken breasts, sliced into thin short strips
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 3 Tbs molasses
- 3 Tbs water
- 2 Tbs soy sauce
- 2 Tbs rice vinegar
- 2 Tbs mirin(Japanese cooking wine)
- 1 1/2 Tbs brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Powder
- 2 tsp sesame or regular cooking oil
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp ginger
- 4 dried hot chilies, if desired
- 2 cups defrosted broccoli(one head broccoli) cut into bite-sized florets, or steamed broccoli
- To a medium sized bowl, add the thinly sliced chicken pieces and season with salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch and toss to combine. Heat oil in a frying pan and lightly fry the chicken in batches until golden, crispy, and cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel. While the chicken is cooking, mix the sauce together.
- Add all sauce ingredients(molasses, water, soy sauce, rice vinegar, mirin, brown sugar, and 5- spice powder) to a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
- Heat 2 teaspoons sesame oil(this is what i use for added flavor) or regular cooking oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant and just turning golden. Add the ginger and cook for another minute. Add the spicy chilies if using(for extra heat crush them with you fingers before adding) and Mongolian sauce, whisking to get the sugar on the bottom of the bowl before adding it.
- Let the sauce cook to dissolve the sugar- just until you start to see bubbles, 1-2 minutes. It will thicken just slightly. We want the dish saucy so dont reduce it any more!Add the crispy chicken and toss to combine.
- At this point you can serve the chicken over rice, arrange the broccoli florets around the dish and spoon sauce from the pan over them(this keeps them a bit greener and makes for a bit prettier presentation), or you can simply add the broccoli to the sauce with the chicken and toss to combine. To serve, sprinkle lightly with toasted/regular sesame seeds! Enjoy!