How to Make Chinese Curry Taste Just Like Takeaway

Have you ever wondered how they make the kind of Chicken Curry you get from the takeaway? Well read on and find out how.  Of course, I can only speak of the kind of curry we get here in the UK Chinese restaurant's and takeaways.

Chinese Chicken Curry
There are two sauce's you need. One is 'Hot and Spicy' Curry Sauce Concentrate and the other is a sauce mix sold in a packet, brand name Mai Mai and is called 'Genuine Chinese Curry Mix'.  
It was my brother Michael that first dabbled about in the kitchen and came up with this recipe which it has to be said is spot on.
Also you might wonder, as I did, how the chicken is always so tender in Chinese restaurants?  I asked the woman in a Chinese supermarket how it was done and this is what I was told. All I can say is, it may sound strange, but it works!  Frying cubes of chicken can sometimes result it being a bit on the tough side.

Follow this and the chicken will be fantastic:
First, get a small piece of paper and write yourself a note saying 'Rinse' (no I've not gone mad, trust me) and just do it!
Now in a small bowl, mix together the following:
2 teaspoons of cornflour (known as cornstarch in the US)
2 teaspoons of Baking Soda
2 teaspoon of Shaoxing (Chinese rice wine)

Add the cubed chicken and stir so it is fully coated with the mixture. It won't look like there is enough but there is to cover the chicken but there is.
Cover the chicken with cling film and put the note on top. It's so, so easy to forget the rinse the chicken and if you don't you won't be able to eat it because of the baking soda taste!
So after 20 minutes or so, remember to rinse the chicken and pat dry with kitchen paper before cooking.

To serve 2 as a main, you will need:
a good glug of vegetable oil
2 chicken breast fillets - cubed
1 large onion - cut into 1 inch chunks
2 cloves of garlic - finely chopped
a handful of frozen peas that have been cooked in slightly salted water
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
350ml cold water in a jug

How to do it:
If you followed the above to make your chicken tender - have you rinsed it?!

Heat up a skillet or wok and add the oil. Fry the onion stirring for a few seconds before adding the cubed chicken and garlic.
Let the chicken and onion brown a little, but try to not let the onion get too soft as you want it have a bit of 'crunch'.

Now get a jug and in it, mix together the curry sauce mix with some cold water (about 350ml to start) and add this to the chicken and onions. Bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer. Now add the cooked peas and keep stirring as it will thicken quickly.

You can add more water if you need to to get it to the right thickness, but 350ml with the above should turn out just fine. When the chicken is cooked through, add the soy sauce to taste.

You can add more of the hot and spicy concentrate if you like, just have a taste and decide.  Make sure the chicken is cooked through and serve immediately with rice. 

I served mine with egg fried rice.

Chinese Chicken Curry


Marie said…
What a great tip for marinating the chicken first Jan!! Thanks so much for sharing it. That curry looks fabulously tasty!
Selba said…
It sounds so delicious... nice with the chinese rice wine!
James said…
Baking soda! Wow - have to try that!
Nicisme said…
Very interesting Jan and the curry looks super.
Sean said…
We don't have curry at Chinese take aways in the States! I wonder how different the menu is?

Thanks for the tip on making the chicken more tender!
Margaret said…
That's interesting - great looking curry.
~~louise~~ said…
I've never had this dish. I'm going to try to find those ingredients and give it a try. Fabulous! tip on chicken tenderizing. I always wondered about it!

Thanks for sharing, Jan:)
Kevin said…
That curry looks good!
Tulip said…
Hmmm so that' show they do it is it? Will definately give this a try, thanks Jan
Anonymous said…
Just tried it...the pre marination works a treat
SimonT said…
Cooked this last night, Amazing !! The chicken was so tender, just like the takeaway :-)
SimonT said…
Cooked this last night - Amazing !! Chicken was so tender. Thanks, it tasted just like the takeaway :-)
hpauline said…
Hi, any chance of an update i cant seem to find the mia mia sauce mix in the uk or if any1 has any links to find it...i need to try this :)
Jan Bennett said…
Hi hpauline

I've amended the links so I hope this helps - I hadn't realised the link was broken so thank you.
Thomas Mccarthy said…
dear jann.
thank you for your recipe on chinese chicken curry.
your recipe calls for 5 tablespoons of genuine curry sauce mix,
can i substitute it for another sauce mix, as it is difficult to get hold of
thank you
Jan Bennett said…
Hi Thomas - I'm sure you can as long as it's a packet mix and not Indian flavoured curry.

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