Chinese Ground Chicken Bowl – Omnivore’s Cookbook

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A Chinese-style ground chicken and rice bowl that is super easy to prepare and bursting with flavor. It is a cheat version of Taiwanese minced pork rice bowl (Lu Rou Fan), but much more practical to make for a weekday dinner.  {Gluten-Free Adaptable}

Ground chicken bowl is a dish that I want to cook when I feel lazy but want something hearty and filling. The flavor of the dish is similar to Lu Rou Fan, or Taiwanese pork rice bowl. It uses ginger, garlic, soy sauce and Chinese five spice to create a savory sauce that goes great with rice and noodles. Instead of cut up pork belly, this recipe uses ground chicken. Not only is it much faster to make, it tastes great, and it’s a healthier version that I don’t feel guilty eating on a regular basis.

Ground chicken bowl ingredients

Dried shiitake mushrooms

Dried shiitake mushrooms are a must-have for a well equipped Chinese pantry. Different from fresh mushrooms, it has a smoky flavor and such a condensed umami that a small amount goes a long way. It stays good at room temperature for a long time. It’s a great item to have so you can kick up the flavor of your dishes in a pinch, when you don’t have a lot of fresh ingredients around. 

If you do not have dried shiitake mushrooms at home, it’s possible to use fresh mushrooms such as regular white or brown mushrooms. I would use 1/2 lb (225 g) to replace the shiitake mushrooms. You can quarter or slice the mushrooms depending on their size. If using fresh mushrooms, you might need an extra splash of oil and to cook them a bit longer, so the mushrooms will sear properly. 

Ground meat

I used ground chicken in this recipe. But feel free to use other types of ground meat, such as ground pork, ground beef or ground turkey. The flavor profile of the sauce works well with all of them.

Mise en place

When you’re ready to cook, your table should have:

Mixed sauce

Ground meat of your choice

Rehydrated and chopped shiitake mushrooms

Minced aromatics (ginger and garlic)

Cornstarch slurry

Sesame oil

Other ingredients you might need

You will need either steamed rice or boiled noodles to go with the chicken. To make the meal more satisfying and balanced, consider adding an egg and steamed vegetables on the side. 

For the egg, fried eggs, marinated eggs or a regular hard boiled egg will all work well. My soy sauce eggs, easy marinated eggs, and tea eggs are great options. 

For the vegetables, I prefer Chinese greens such as choy sum, Chinese broccoli (gai lan), or baby bok choy. But other vegetables such as steamed broccoli, cauliflower and / or carrot work great as well.

How to make the Chinese ground chicken bowl

Making a ground chicken bowl is super easy.

Saute the aromatics 

Brown the ground chicken

Cook the mushrooms

Add the sauce and braise briefly so the chicken soaks up the flavor

Add the cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce

Assemble the bowl with toppings of your choice

TIPSIf you do not want to make a veggie side, you can throw some vegetables into the skillet and let them cook with the ground chicken. For example, frozen green peas and spinach are great options.

How to serve ground chicken bowl

The ground chicken topping works well with both steamed rice and boiled noodles. Here are some of my favorite ways to serve it:

Ground chicken and rice bowl with marinated eggs and steamed veggies

Ground chicken and rice bowl, watercress stir fry, and egg drop soup for a full meal 

Ground chicken served over noodles, drizzled with chili oil, and sliced cucumber for a refreshing summer dish

Ground chicken noodle soup bowl using this recipe for the soup base (skip the chicken bouillon powder and season to taste)

The ground chicken bowl is also a great dish for meal prep and lunch boxes. It freezes well and can be prepared in bigger quantities as well.

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Chinese Ground Chicken Bowl

A Chinese-style ground chicken and rice bowl that is super easy to prepare and bursting with flavor. It is a cheat version of Taiwanese minced pork rice bowl (Lu Rou Fan), but much more practical to make for a weekday dinner. {Gluten-Free Adaptable}To make the dish gluten free, use soy sauce to replace the light and dark soy sauce, and use dry sherry to replace the Shaoxing wine.The nutritional value is calculated without the rice, eggs or steamed vegetables.

Author: Maggie Zhu
Course: MainCuisine: ChineseKeyword: homestyle

Prep Time: 15 minutes minutesCook Time: 10 minutes minutesTotal Time: 25 minutes minutes

IngredientsCooking1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)1/2 thumb ginger , minced2 cloves garlic , minced1 lb (450 g) ground chicken (or ground pork or ground beef)2 teaspoons cornstarch2 tablespoons water1 teaspoon sesame oilServing optionsSteamed rice (or noodles)Sliced green onion (for garnish)Fried eggs (or marinated eggs)Steamed vegetables
InstructionsAdd shiitake mushrooms to a medium-sized bowl and hot water to cover. Let rehydrate until tender throughout, 15 minutes or so. Drain and rinse with running tap water to remove any debris. Squeeze out excess water. Remove and discard the tough stem, and mince the mushrooms.In a small bowl, combine chicken broth, light soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, dark soy sauce, sugar, five spice powder and salt. Mix well and set aside.Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add ginger and garlic. Stir a few times until fragrant.Add ground chicken. Spread out the chicken and let sear without moving for 2 minutes or so. Then stir and chop the ground meat into small pieces. Stir and cook until the chicken is cooked through.Add minced shiitake mushrooms to the skillet. Stir and cook for 1 minute.Pour in the mixed sauce from step 1 and mix well. Simmer until the sauce is mostly absorbed, 5 minutes or so.Mix the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and stir to dissolve completely. Pour into the pan. Stir immediately to thicken the sauce.Drizzle with sesame oil. Taste the chicken and adjust seasoning by adding a pinch of salt if needed.Serve warm over steamed rice or noodles, with steamed vegetables and an egg, if using. Garnish with green onions. Serve as a main dish.

NutritionServing: 1serving, Calories: 205kcal, Carbohydrates: 7.3g, Protein: 28.7g, Fat: 6.6g, Saturated Fat: 1.4g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 508mg, Potassium: 415mg, Fiber: 0.7g, Sugar: 4.3g, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 3mg

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