Bonus: you don’t need to deep fry it.
2020 taught us that anybody can cook. We’ve all spent so much time at home and in our kitchens last year, and it’s been an amazing journey. Food trends have been very popular starting with Dalgona Coffee and everyone making their own Banana Bread. What we’ve really missed though, is takeout.
Not just takeout for its convenience, but because it’s so delicious. Think Chinese takeout with its succulent yet crispy pieces of chicken in a sweet-spicy sauce. Guess what? You can easily cook a Chinese takeout style dish at home. This Mandarin Chicken recipe is easy to follow and ticks all the boxes – succulent yet crispy chicken and a delicious sweet & spicy sauce. Plus, it isn’t deep fried!
Here are some tips to make super crispy Mandarin Chicken at home!
What cut of chicken to use for Mandarin Chicken?
To make any Chinese dish at home, your best option is boneless chicken breast or boneless chicken thigh. They cook quickly since they’re boneless and are more convenient to eat. You could cut these into cubes or strips based on your recipe. For this recipe, you’ll need 1-inch cubes of chicken.
How to make Mandarin Chicken crispy without deep frying?
The trick is in the marinade. Use corn flour to form a coating around the pieces of chicken. Then fry it in a large nonstick pan allowing the chicken to brown on each side before flipping.
Once the chicken’s cooked, spread it out on a plate, making sure all the pieces aren’t sticking to one another. This will ensure they remain crisp. If you just pile them on one another, they start steaming and the coating will become moist.
Another tip is to cook this right before you eat and serve immediately so you get to enjoy the crispy pieces of chicken. If the chicken sits in the sauce for too long, the coating will get soggy.
If you’re craving Chinese, and want something really quick, try our Sichuan Chilli Chicken Stir Fry, made with our ready-to-cook Sichuan Chilli Chicken. It’s pre-marinated, so all you have to do is toss it in the pan!
Order fresh chicken from Licious and try our recipe for Mandarin Chicken! Let us know in the comments how you liked it. If you post your recipe on social media, do use #MadeWithLicious. We’d love to see your creations.