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My Dragon Chicken recipe is a spicy Chinese chicken that’s shallow-fried in a fiery marinade! This easy spicy chicken recipe is simple to make and tastes incredible by itself, or over rice, noodles, or a vegetable stir fry.
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My family loves it when I order Chinese food for dinner, but one of my favorite things to do is to recreate our favorites at home. Especially Chinese chicken recipes! This spicy Chinese chicken, called Dragon Chicken, is one of our favorites.
My easy Dragon Chicken recipe is spicy, sweet, and stick-to-your-ribs delicious. Crispy, shallow-fried chicken with thick, tangy, spicy dragon sauce makes for an unbelievably tasty dish your family will ask you for again.
Dragon chicken is an Indo-Chinese recipe consisting of chicken marinated in a sweet and sticky sauce, before being shallow fried and finished with a fiery dragon sauce. It’s one of the most delicious Chinese chicken dishes you will ever try.
Shallow frying is a method of frying food without fully immersing it in oil. Instead of covering it completely, the oil instead rises about half-way up whichever food you are frying. Many shallow-fried foods have a batter; however, in the case of my dragon chicken recipe, the chicken is instead coated with a thick, sticky marinade before frying.
- Garlic ginger paste: You can find garlic ginger paste sold in a jar at most grocery stores. If you have trouble finding it, mix equal parts garlic paste and ginger paste. You can also make your own garlic ginger paste by mixing equal parts chopped garlic and chopped ginger with a little bit of oil in a food processor until it reaches a paste-like consistency.
- Walnut oil: I use walnut oil for shallow frying and for making the dragon sauce. However, you can fry this recipe in regular or light olive oil or another frying oil of your choice. Do not use extra virgin olive oil as this is a high-heat frying recipe, and it has a low smoking point.
- Soy sauce: Feel free to use a soy sauce substitute such as tamari or coconut aminos.
- Chicken: You can substitute the chicken for pork, shrimp, or prawns instead! You could even make this dish using tofu.
A spicy Chinese chicken recipe like this one pairs perfectly with a bed of warm rice or egg fried noodles. Stir-frying some vegetables to go with this dish works perfectly, too!
- Perfect Instant Pot White Rice
- Instant Pot Green Beans
- Substitute pork for Dragon Chicken in our Easy Pork Fried Rice
- I love serving chicken with dragon sauce in my 5-Ingredient Chicken Stir Fry
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Dragon Chicken Recipe
- Wok (or large skillet)
For Marinating the Chicken:
- 2 Chicken breasts sliced into bite sized cubes
- 1 Egg
- 1 Tbsp. Garlic ginger paste*
- 2 Tbsp. Soy sauce
- 1 tsp. Chilli powder
- 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
For Cooking the Chicken:
- Walnut oil for shallow frying* about ½ cup, should measure 1 cm. deep in pan
For the Dragon sauce:
- ½ tablespoon Walnut oil*
- 1 small red onion
- 2 teaspoon Garlic ginger paste
- 1 Red chilli pepper
- 1 Green chilli pepper
- 3 tablespoon Tomato ketchup
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 1 tablespoon Sweet chilli sauce
- 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
- Handful of Cashew nuts about ¼ cup
- 3 Green onions
- In a medium bowl mix together the egg, garlic ginger paste, chilli powder, cornstarch, and soy sauce to form the chicken marinade
- Add the raw sliced chicken to the marinade. Stir well so that the marinade fully coats the chicken. Place the marinated chicken in the fridge and chill for at least half an hour to allow the flavors to infuse.
- Add a cm. depth of walnut oil to a hot wok (preferably, but you can use a large skillet) on low heat – you want it to be deep enough to shallow fry the chicken, so about ½ cup oil. Allow the oil to heat up and then carefully add the marinated chicken to the oil, which will begin to sizzle and cook immediately. TIP: add the chicken bit by bit to avoid violently spitting oil.
- Cooking the chicken until golden brown and crispy then remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
- While the chicken is resting, remove any leftover oil from the pan and place back on the heat ready to make the dragon sauce. Begin the sauce by stir-frying the red onion, garlic ginger paste, and red and green chilli. When the onions become soft add the Tomato Ketchup, honey, sweet chilli sauce, and soy sauce, then stir together well.
- Allow the dragon sauce to come to a simmer before stirring in the crispy chicken. Cook for another minute until thick and sticky, then top with cashew nuts and sliced green onions.
- While we recommend using walnut oil for shallow frying and for making the dragon sauce, you can fry this recipe in regular or light olive oil or another frying oil of your choice. We don’t recommend using extra virgin olive oil as this is a high-heat frying recipe, and it has a low smoking point. We recommend the same for the dragon sauce.
- Ginger garlic paste is typically sold in a jar and can be found at most grocery stores. You can also make your own by mixing garlic and ginger in a food processor. An alternative is to use equal parts garlic paste and ginger paste, which can be bought separately.
Photography by Debbie Jones.