Chop Suey de Pollo (Chicken Chop Suey)

Yes! You are reading right! This is a Chinese recipe in my Mexican blog, but if you are from Baja California or have been there, you will understand why I am posting this recipe.

In Baja there is a big Chinese community and there are a lot of Chinese restaurants and I grew up eating a lot of Chinese food and chop suey, was my favourite dish and although it is not a traditional Chinese recipe because this dish was created by the Chinese people that live in the US, for me, this is the Chinese food I knew when I was a child.

And after all, this blog is to record my Mexican food memories. And chicken chop suey always takes me back to those Sunday afternoons when my parents used to take us as a treat to a Chinese restaurant after church and I love it so much.

My dad used to make his own version and he used to add árbol chillies for a fiery taste, but I didn’t add any because my children are going to eat some as well.

It is a very easy recipe to cook and it is perfect for those days that you don’t know what to cook or you are not in the mood of cooking something very elaborated.

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken breasts thinly slice
  • 4 celery stalks finely slice
  • 1 small white onion julienne
  • 2 bags bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp low salt dark soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp tomato catsup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch flour
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 roughly chopped árbol chillies (optional)

Method

In a wok heat the oil at medium heat and add the chicken. Fry for 8 min mixing continuously.

In the meantime mix the oyster sauce, soy sauce and catsup and leave aside.

Then add the celery and the onion and continue cooking for further 5 min.Then add the bean sprouts.

Add the sauce and mix. Then add the cornstarch to the water mix it until is dissolve and add it to the food.

Continue mixing until the veggies are slightly cooked. They need to be a bit crunchy, but not raw.

And just at the end add the árbol chillies if you want to have a bit of heat.

Serve it with cooked white rice.

Listo!

Provecho!

Pollo Pibil (Chicken Pibil)

Have you heard of Cochinita Pibil? It is a dish from Yucatán, Mexico made with pork, achiote a mix of annatto seeds, spices, bitter orange and other ingredients, it is a delicious recipe that you have to try to make because you will wow your family, it is call cochinita because it is make with pork, but you can use achiote to cook other lovely recipes, like this recipe made with chicken. Continue reading “Pollo Pibil (Chicken Pibil)”

Calabacitas Rellenas (Stuffed Courgettes) 

It is snowing outside and I have been in my kitchen all morning doing this and that, well, I have been mainly cooking to be honest. I really love days like today, the weather is freezing, so it is nice to stay at home and do what you love the most and for me is cooking, so I put on my favourite music, today I fancied listening to so classic rap or hip-hop, so I am listening to Cypress Hill, yes! I do, sometimes, listen to that type of music and yes! My favourite song is their hit, “Insane in the mainbrain” LOL, I grew up with a brother that loves this type of music, so I guess I had to like it! But this doesn’t mean I love it.
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Pollo Marinado en Chile Ancho (Chicken Marinated in Ancho Chilli)

Hola lovely people! Yes, I know, What a lovely surprise this is! I haven’t post anything for a while, but I have been doing so many things, that I hardly had time to write. Anyway, I hope you are all ok and you are starting to enjoy the lovely weather, because the summer is now officially just around the corner!

Today’s recipe is inspired in my friend Nadim’s chicken thighs recipe, he is a very good cook and has two lovely recipes for chicken that are always a hit when we have a bbq, but I would say that my recipe is the Mexican version of his as I marinated the chicken thighs in Ancho chilli and other mexican spices. Continue reading “Pollo Marinado en Chile Ancho (Chicken Marinated in Ancho Chilli)”