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Ginger and Scallions Chicken

Ginger and Scallions Chicken

My mum’s recipe for Chinese-style ginger scallions chicken stir-fry, a timeless classic.


  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 3 slices ginger sliced to thin strips
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 chilli padi thinly sliced omit or adjust to liking
  • 3 stalks scallions (spring onions) ends trimmed and cut to 5cm (2 inch) length
  • 250 grams boneless chicken breast or thigh fillet cut to bite-sized pieces
  • one x 200g canned straw mushrooms drained

(A) Sauce

  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • a few dashes of white pepper powder, to taste


  1. Heat oil in the wok, add ginger and stir fry for 20 seconds. Then add garlic, chiilli & bottom white ends of the scallions; stir fry briefly until fragrant.
  2. Add chicken pieces and stir fry until they are no longer pink on the surface.
  3. Add (A), mushrooms and remaining scallions. Simmer for 3-4 minutes, lid on, turning the chicken pieces once halfway with kitchen tongs.
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36 comments on “Ginger and Scallions Chicken”

  1. Oh thanks .. Tried the ginger pork today. Good enough for a noob! :)

  2. Looks yummy! I heard that breast meat and thigh meat have different cooking time. If I mix breast and thigh meat in this dish, which one should I be cooking first?

    • I think it should be about the same timing in this recipe, since you will be cutting them to uniform, bite-sized pieces.

  3. Looks terrific! I was just trying to decide what to cook for a quick meal tomorrow night, and I decided on a chicken stir fry. Can’t wait!

  4. This is really a 家常菜! My mom used to make it for me and now I cook it occasionally too for my family. :)

  5. Hi,
    Ever since I came to the states in nov I have been trying out many of your recipes and they all came out delicious. Received many compliments from friends who came over to dine.

    Thanks for making cooking so easy and now I am enjoying cooking very much.

    Going to try this one tomorrow night. But can I just check with you why we do not need to marinate the chicken for this? Tried the stir fry pork with scallion and it was super delicious. Will marinating the chicken improve the taste?

    • Hi, I asked my mum the same, and she told me for the chicken version, she felt it is not necessary to marinate since the chicken is simmering a bit. that’s why in step 3, the recipe asks to flip the pieces, so that the chicken can absorb the sauce evenly. If you prefer to marinade, you can still do so, but minus the 1/4 cup water which you add in step 3 :)

  6. Will definitely try this…like tomorrow…lol…thks!!!
    Sorry for this strange question: I thought everyone uses oyster sauce for stir fry to give it a sweet taste??? (I’m a non-cook!)
    What’s the difference between fish sauce & soya sauce?thanks

    • Hi, my family recipe do not use oyster sauce, but feel to adapt this recipe if you wish to add it. Fish sauce has an umami flavour which complements meat & savoury dishes well. You may omit fish sauce and add a bit more soy sauce if you like.

  7. Hi. I using chicken fillet to whip up the dish. And i use the liquid type of dark soya sauce.
    But the meat was tough and doesnt have the taste.
    Pls advise how to tender the meat and let it have the sauce taste.

  8. I have a question about this. I tried it the last time but totally burnt it because the sauce end up evaporating almost instantly. But I am really craving for this! Do you have any tips? Has it got something to do with the heat? Thank you so much!

    • Hi! I’m sorry to hear that. Reduce heat to simmer (not boiling), and also add more water – there should be some gravy left after cooking so adjust the water accordingly (it differs with different stove heat)

  9. Hi 1 tsp = 1 table spoon or tea spoon?

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