How to Cook Chinese Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd

This is a classic home-cooked dish that most Asian Chinese households are familiar with. It's a tasty dish with a hint of bitter notes from the gourd and the sweetness from the savoury chicken.

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How to Cook Chinese Braised Chicken With Bitter Gourd Recipe
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To cook this dish, first wash chicken and rinse well. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.

To cook this dish, first wash chicken and rinse well. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.

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Add light soy sauce into the chicken pieces.

Add light soy sauce into the chicken pieces.

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Followed by white pepper.

Followed by white pepper.

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And some cooking wine (optional).

And some cooking wine (optional).

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Lastly add some cornstarch.

Lastly add some cornstarch.

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Mix well together and marinade for about 30 minutes.

Mix well together and marinade for about 30 minutes.

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Next wash and rinse a large bitter gourd.

Next wash and rinse a large bitter gourd.

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Halve the bitter gourd lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut each half crosswise into 3 inch in length. Then cut each piece lengthwise into strips of about 3/4 inch in width.

Halve the bitter gourd lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. Cut each half crosswise into 3 inch in length. Then cut each piece lengthwise into strips of about 3/4 inch in width.

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Rub the cut bitter gourd with salt.

Rub the cut bitter gourd with salt.

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Boil some water in a pan.

Boil some water in a pan.

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Blanch the bitter gourd for about 1 minute.

Blanch the bitter gourd for about 1 minute.

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Drain the bitter gourd with a strainer.

Drain the bitter gourd with a strainer.

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Then rinse the bitter gourd under cold running water. Then set aside.

Then rinse the bitter gourd under cold running water. Then set aside.

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Next prepare ingredients to make the seasoning for the dish.

Next prepare ingredients to make the seasoning for the dish.

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Mix the seasoning ingredients in a bowl.

Mix the seasoning ingredients in a bowl.

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Then prepare ingredients to fry the chicken and bitter gourd.

Then prepare ingredients to fry the chicken and bitter gourd.

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To fry the chicken and bitter gourd, first heat some vegetable oil in a wok.

To fry the chicken and bitter gourd, first heat some vegetable oil in a wok.

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Sauté half the garlic and sliced ginger till fragrant.

Sauté half the garlic and sliced ginger till fragrant.

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Then add the marinated chicken. Stir fry over medium high heat till half cooked.

Then add the marinated chicken. Stir fry over medium high heat till half cooked.

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Dish out the cooked chicken and set aside.

Dish out the cooked chicken and set aside.

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Heat a little more oil in the same wok. Add the remaining garlic and ginger. Fry till aromatic. Then add yellow bean paste and fermented black bean. Stir to mix well.

Heat a little more oil in the same wok. Add the remaining garlic and ginger. Fry till aromatic. Then add yellow bean paste and fermented black bean. Stir to mix well.

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Toss in the blanched bitter gourd.

Toss in the blanched bitter gourd.

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Followed by the cooked chicken pieces. Mix well.

Followed by the cooked chicken pieces. Mix well.

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Pour in the seasoning mixture and stir well.

Pour in the seasoning mixture and stir well.

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Bring the gravy mixture to a boil.

Bring the gravy mixture to a boil.

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Cover with a wok cover. Simmer ( medium low heat ) for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is  tender and cooked through.

Cover with a wok cover. Simmer ( medium low heat ) for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked through.

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Then thicken the gravy with some cornstarch mixture.

Then thicken the gravy with some cornstarch mixture.

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And you're done! Dish out onto serving plate and serve warm.

And you're done! Dish out onto serving plate and serve warm.

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Taste real good with steamed rice.  SO ..... Enjoy! For more details on this, please access http://www.huangkitchen.com/braised-chicken-bitter-gourd-home-style

Taste real good with steamed rice. SO ..... Enjoy! For more details on this, please access www.huangkitchen.com/braised-…

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