Try our take on traditional bang bang chicken. This easy recipe is full of fresh flavours for the perfect weeknight meal.
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For a tasty veggie addition, peel some carrots and slice them into long matchsticks to toss through this salad.
This easy chicken recipe gets its name from the word ‘bang’, which translates to baton or stick in Chinese, referring to the batons that were traditionally used to hammer the cleaver blades that loosened the chicken fibres for shredding.
Bang bang chicken is a staple in Chinese cooking and consists of fragrant, gingery shredded chicken, tossed with spring onions, cucumber and wombok, and drizzled with a spicy soy dressing.Ingredients like soy sauce, Chinese rice wine and sesame oil make up the foundations for a great Chinese pantry, so once you have these ingredients on hand, you’ll be able to make plenty of Asian-inspired dishes.
The traditional technique of using a baton to loosen the chicken is still used today. In this recipe, simply use a rolling pin to gently pound the poached chicken so it can be easily shredded by two forks.
To make the sauce, whisk together some of the fragrant stock mixture used for the chicken, tahini for creaminess, rice wine, sugar, oil, chilli flakes and soy sauce to create a punchy dressing. This cold dish can be served as a complete meal with steamed rice or noodles.
Dinner doesn’t need to take hours to cook. This simple chicken dinner is ready in under 30 minutes and serves a family of four with ease. Set aside just 10 minutes to prepare and measure your ingredients and let your chicken simmer in fragrant poaching liquid for 15 minutes before bringing the dish together.
While chicken is the hero protein of the dish, you’re free to make substitutions like using firm tofu, pork loin or mince. If you choose to omit chicken, you won’t need to use the banging technique. You can also dial up the spice factor with more chilli flakes or sichuan peppercorns.
Don’t stop here – get inspired by more Asian recipes that showcase chicken like this chicken and Asian greens stir-fry, sticky sesame chicken with mixed bean fried rice or this sweet and spicy chicken with Asian slaw.
Energy: 978kJ/234 Cals (11%)
Protein: 33g (66%)
Fat: 7g (10%)
Sat fat: 1g (4%)
Carb: 8g (3%)
Sugar: 6g (7%)
Fibre: 3g (10%)
Sodium: 1055mg (53%)