Chop Suey / Chicken Stir Fry on a rustic white plate, ready to be served
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Chicken Stir Fry / Chicken Chop Suey

Recipe video above. The essential ingredient for a great stir fry sauce is Chinese cooking wine. All Chinese restaurants use it. See notes for subs if you can't get your hands on it. Veggie loaded, light on the meat, this is healthy and adaptable to whatever you've got in your fridge!
Prep Time9 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Mains, Stir Fry
Cuisine: American Chinese
Keyword: Chicken Stir Fry, Chop Suey
Servings: 2 - 3 people
Calories: 298kcal
Author: Nagi


Tenderised Chicken ("Velveting", Note 1):

  • 180 g / 6 oz chicken breast , thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda / bi-carb (optional, Note 1)

Sauce (or use Charlie, Note 2):

  • 1 tbsp cornflour / corn starch
  • 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce (Note 3)
  • 2 tsp Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chinese Cooking Wine (Note 4)
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil (optional)
  • Dash of white pepper (or black)
  • 3/4 cup / 185 ml water

Stir Fry:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil (or other cooking oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves , finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion , sliced (white, brown, yellow)
  • 5 - 6 stems choy sum (or other Asian greens)
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (shiitake is authentic, but any will do)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts


"Velvet" Chicken (optional, Note 1)

  • Place chicken in a bowl, sprinkle over baking soda. Use your fingers to mix then set aside for 20 minutes, no longer than 30 minutes (can get too tender). Rinse well, pat excess water with paper towels, set aside.

Prep Ingredients:

  • Place cornflour and soy sauce in a bowl. Mix until lump free. Then add remaining Sauce ingredients and stir.
  • Trim end off choy sum. Then cut into 7cm / 3" pieces. Separate stems from leaves.
  • Peel carrot, cut into 3cm / 1.3" pieces. Then slice the pieces thinly (see video).

Stir Fry:

  • Heat oil in a wok or skillet over high heat. Add garlic, stir quickly, then add onion, Cook for 1 minute, moving constantly, until onion is starting to wilt.
  • Add chicken, cook for 1 minute until the surface changes from pink to white.
  • Add choy sum stems, carrot and mushrooms. Stir fry for 1 minute.
  • Add choy sum leaves, bean sprouts and Sauce. Stir fry for 1 to 2 minutes until the Sauce thickens to a thick syrup consistency. Vegetables should still be tender/crisp, not soggy and soft.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately over rice or noodles.


1. Tenderised Chicken: Read more about Velveting Chicken the Chinese way for ultra tender chicken like you get in Chinese restaurant stir fries. 
Skip the step if using chicken thigh - it's not needed, it's juicy enough.
2. CHARLIE is my All Purpose Stir Fry Sauce. If you haven't met him yet and you love stir fries, you are going to be best friends very soon. Find the recipe for him here, along with how to use him. To use Charlie for this recipe, replace the Sauce with 4 tablespoons of Charlie + 3/4 tsp cornflour / cornstarch + 3/4 cup water.
3. LIGHT SOY SAUCE: This is what keeps the sauce colour clear-ish. You can use ordinary all purpose soy sauce and it will pretty much look the same. If you use dark soy sauce, reduce to 1 tbsp - will still be tasty but the sauce will be super dark brown and a stronger soy flavour.
4. CHINESE COOKING WINE: An essential in Chinese cooking, used by every Chinese restaurant. Read more here. 
Substitutions: dry sherry is best, followed by  Mirin then Japanese cooking Sake.
Non alcoholic: Use chicken broth instead of water in the Sauce. 
5. No need to marinate the chicken for this recipe because it's sliced thinly and there's plenty of sauce!
6. Nutrition per serving, assuming 2 servings. It's 2 very generous servings, with enough vegetables for a meal - you won't need a side for this. Excludes rice / noodles. Use low sodium soy sauce to reduce sodium.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Stir Fry / Chicken Chop Suey
Amount Per Serving (618 g)
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1112mg48%
Potassium 1071mg31%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 12155IU243%
Vitamin C 34.3mg42%
Calcium 103mg10%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 618g | Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 1112mg | Potassium: 1071mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 12155IU | Vitamin C: 34.3mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3.4mg