Comfort Food With Mao's Favourite Chicken

Food is a bonding force that can bring people together, be it over a spot of breakfast or a three-course meal.

This recipe for Mao's Favourite Chicken by Chef Harihar Biswal, Brand Chef at China Bistro, is the perfect dish for a great comfort meal.

Whether on a day when you are feeling low and need delicious food to lift your spirits or to be had while surrounded by friends, Mao's Favourite Chicken is a quick and easy meal to make and is sure to be one that you will keep coming back to for more.


180g boneless skinless chicken thighs

30g cornstarch

10g chopped ginger

10g chopped garlic

50ml vegetable oil

20g crushed peanuts

2g chilli flakes

For the sauce:

30g oyster sauce

10ml dark soy sauce

5g brown sugar

5ml white vinegar

10ml Shaoxing cooking wine

30g cornstarch


  1. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the sauce together and set aside.
  2. Cut the chicken thighs into bite-sized pieces, around 6 to 8 pieces depending on the size of the thigh. Do not pat the chicken thighs dry, as moisture is needed.
  3. In a bowl, add the chicken pieces and then the cornstarch, coating each piece evenly.
  4. Set a wok or pan over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil and allow it to get hot. To test, put a wooden chopstick into the oil, and if there are bubbles, the oil is hot.
  5. Add the chicken to the oil and spread them apart. Once separated, do not move the pieces around, allowing the pieces to sear and form a golden crust, with five to six minutes on each side.
  6. Remove and transfer the fried chicken to a plate or cooling rack and pour out the excess oil from the pan.
  7. In the same wok over medium-high heat, add the ginger, garlic and pre-mixed sauce. Let it come to a boil to thicken and reduce.
  8. Toss the fried chicken in and mix until each piece is coated in sauce, and garnish with crushed peanuts.

Chef Harihar Biswal

Brand Chef

China Bistro


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