My mom is the pickiest eater I know. She’s rarely blown away by dishes at restaurants. But, when she tried this particular dish at a local pub, she was hooked! I decided to challenge myself by recreating the meal that won her over! And I nailed it! I mean it’s GOOD! Of course I have to share. Read on my version of Choo Choo Chicken. Trust me when I say that you’ll want to make this dish again and again. Served on a bed of fluffy rice or noodles, it’s a sure-fire way to win the hearts of your family and friends.
First, we need to start with the star of the dish – the chicken. I like to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. Slice them into 1-inch chunks, and then add in some salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and white pepper. Toss it all together and let it sit for 20 minutes. Trust me, this is the secret to making incredibly tender and flavorful chicken.
While your chicken is marinating, let’s get started on the wet batter. In a separate bowl, mix together all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, egg, cold water, and vegetable oil. This is going to create a crispy coating for the chicken that will make you swoon.
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Once your batter is ready, toss in the chicken pieces and make sure they’re thoroughly coated. Heat up some vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan, and then add in the chicken in small batches. We want to avoid crowding the pan and ending up with soggy chicken. Fry for one minute, remove, and repeat until all your chicken is fried. Then it’s time to pop them back in the oil and continue frying until they’re cooked through.
While your chicken is frying, it’s time to get started on the sauce. In a separate wok, heat up some sesame oil and sauté some thinly sliced bell peppers and onions for 4 minutes. Add in some minced garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds. Then, pour in a bottle of sweet chili sauce and stir until it’s heated through. If you’re feeling extra fancy, make your sauce from scratch using my recipe! https://coopcancook.com/bang-bang-shrimpsweet-chili-sauce-recipe/
Once your sauce is ready, it’s time to add in the star of the dish – the chicken! Carefully toss your fried chicken in with the sauce until it’s coated in all that sweet and spicy goodness. Top it off with some chopped spring onions, and voila! You’ve got yourself a plate of delicious Choo Choo Chicken.
Serve it up with some fluffy rice or noodles, and prepare to be amazed at how easy it was to create such a flavorful dish. Your family and friends are sure to be impressed with this mouth-watering meal.
Choo Choo Chicken Recipe
- 1 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- 2 TBS cold water
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 onion
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 bottle sweet chili sauce
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Spring onions for garnish
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 3 TBS vegetable oil
Slice chicken into 1 inch chunks
Place in the chicken in a bowl and add the salt, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, and cold water.
Toss and set aside for 20 mins.
In another bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the wet batter together.
Add in the chicken and toss to coat well.
Heat vegetable oil in a wok or frying pan
Add the chicken in small batches using a fork or chopsticks to avoid sticking
Fry the chicken for one minute then remove.
Repeat until all chicken is fried.
Add the chicken back into the oil and continue frying until it’s completely cooked through.
Remove and drain on a wired rack.
In a separate wok, heat the sesame oil.
Thinly slice the bell peppers and onions.
Add them into the wok and sauté for 4 minutes.
Add in the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
Pour in the sweet chili sauce
Once the sauce is hot, add in the chicken.
Carefully toss the chicken to coat it in the sauce.
Garnish with chopped spring onions and serve.