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Scallion Chicken

You’ve got to try this scallion chicken recipe! Ready in under 20 minutes from prep to table. It is budget-friendly and tastes amazing. 👌

Pan fried chinese scallion chicken thigh
Scallion Chicken thigh

Homemade dishes often rely on humble ingredients but still taste incredible, and this one is no exception. Chicken, scallions, and a few kitchen staples are all it takes.

In Western cuisine, chicken breast is considered a premium cut, but in Asian cooking, chicken thigh takes the spotlight. It’s favoured for its ability to remain tender, juicy, and resistant to overcooking, unlike breast meat which can easily become dry or tough.

Scallion, also known as spring onions or green onions, are a staple in Chinese cuisine. Their sweet and oniony flavours are a perfect complement to meat dishes.

During my recipe testing, I found it pairs well with any carb option—whether it’s rice, noodles, or pasta. Alternatively, it’s perfect for a high-protein meal all on its own.

ingredients for chinese scallion chicken thigh recipe, including soy sauce, oyster sauce, scallion, chicken thigh, corn starch and pepper
Ingredients for Spring onion chicken thigh recipe
  • Chicken: For this recipe, chicken thigh is the preferred cut, whether it’s with skin on or off, and with or without the bone. I did try chicken breast, but they turned out tough, so I wouldn’t recommend using them.
  • Scallion: The white and green parts of scallions have different cooking times, so we separate them and add the white parts first.
  • Soy sauce: In this recipe, I used two types of soy sauce: regular and dark. The regular soy sauce provides saltiness, while the dark soy sauce adds colour and a slightly caramelised flavor. If you don’t have dark soy sauce on hand, you can simply omit it and use the half amount of regular soy sauce instead.
  • Oyster sauce: Oyster sauce acts as a flavour enhancer, often replacing MSG in modern Chinese cooking. However, if you don’t have it, it’s not a deal-breaker.
Chinese green onion chicken thigh pan fried
Scallion Chicken
  • Step One: Preparing

Mix the chicken thighs with soy sauce, oyster sauce, pepper and corn starch, then marinate for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the scallions, separating the white parts from the green parts.

Chicken thigh marinaded in soy sauce, oyster sauce etc
Scallion Chicken
  • Step Two: Pan frying chicken

Add the chicken pieces to a non-stick pan with oil over medium heat, and pan fry until fully cooked.

  • Step three: Adding scallions

Add the white parts of the scallions to the chicken and cook until softened. If you’re using larger chicken pieces or pieces with bones, cover the pan with a lid and cook until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Finally, add the green parts of the scallions and stir for 10-20 seconds to cook them.

  • Step Four: serving

Sprinkle more pepper powder or scallions if desired and serve with rice or noodles.

Chinese spring onion chicken
Scallion Chicken
  • Food safety: When cooking chicken dishes, safety comes first. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked through. If you’ve cut the pieces larger, you’ll need to cook them for a bit longer.
  • Non-stick pan: A non-stick pan works best for this dish, especially since we use corn starch in the recipe.
  • Sugar: You can add sugar or honey if you prefer a sweeter taste, but I find that scallions become sweet enough once cooked.
Chinese scallion chicken on rice
Scallion Chicken

I hope you enjoy this delicious scallion chicken recipe. It’s quick, budget-friendly, and bursting with flavour, making it the perfect addition to your midweek meal rotation.

Happy cooking! 🤗

Chinese Scallion (spring onion) Chicken
Scallion Chicken Thighs
Chinese spring onion chicken

Scallion Chicken

This scallion chicken recipe is ready in 20 minutes! Tender chicken bathed in an Asian flavoured sauce with plenty of scallions – perfect for a satisfying meal.
Author: Lei
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: asian, Chinese
Diet: Diabetic, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 400 g Chicken thighs (cut into small pieces)
  • 2 cup scallion (chopped)
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder (more or less to your liking)
  • 2 tablspoon corn starch

Instructions

  • Step One: Preparing – Mix the chicken thighs with soy sauce, oyster sauce, pepper and corn starch, then marinate for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the scallions, separating the white parts from the green parts.
  • Step Two: Pan frying chicken – Add the chicken pieces to a non-stick pan with oil over medium heat, and pan fry until fully cooked.
  • Step three: Adding scallions – Add the white parts of the scallions to the chicken and cook until softened. If you’re using larger chicken pieces or pieces with bones, cover the pan with a lid and cook until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Finally, add the green parts of the scallions and stir for 10-20 seconds to cook them.
  • Step Four: serving – Sprinkle more pepper powder or scallions if desired and serve with rice or noodles.

Recipe Notes:

  • Food safety: When cooking chicken dishes, safety comes first. Make sure the chicken is fully cooked through. If you’ve cut the pieces larger, you’ll need to cook them for a bit longer.
  • Non-stick pan: A non-stick pan works best for this dish, especially since we use corn starch in the recipe.
  • Sugar: You can add sugar or honey if you prefer a sweeter taste, but I find that scallions become sweet enough once cooked.

Nutrition Information:

Calories: 738kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 37gFat: 61gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 15gMonounsaturated Fat: 32gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 196mgSodium: 1550mgPotassium: 743mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1156IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 3mg

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect combination. I love the combination of chicken and scallion, yum!

5 from 2 votes (1 rating without comment)

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