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Stir-Fried Ginger Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy

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Stir-Fried Ginger Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy features tender marinated chicken paired with baby bok choy and mushrooms, stir-fried in a savory and tangy sauce. This decadent stir-fry is then served with steamed rice topped with a fried egg.

Stir-Fried Ginger Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy

If you are looking to take your stir-fry to a whole new level, this Stir-Fried Ginger Sesame Chicken with Baby Bok Choy is for you! 

Tender marinated chicken is paired with baby bok choy and mushrooms, then stir-fried in a savory and tangy sauce. This delicious stir-fry is served with steamed rice topped with a fried egg. I love to add just a splash of soy sauce on my fried egg for some extra flavor.

I use baby bok choy in this recipe but you may certainly use regular bok choy; just cut the bok choy into smaller pieces. You can also substitute the baby bok choy with just about any vegetable you may have on hand. Some ideas include broccoli, zucchini, carrots, baby corn, asparagus, and green bell pepper. 

This easy recipe calls for just a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. 

This simple but flavorful dish was inspired by one of my blog readers. She sent me an email with some ideas of ingredient combinations and I fell in love with this one. I put together a recipe for her based on her initial concepts, then asked for her permission to post this recipe here on my site.

I’m so glad that she agreed to let me post this because I get to share it with you! Thank you, Caroline!

How to Prepare Stir-Fried Ginger Sesame Chicken with Baby Bok Choy

Cut 4 boneless and skinless chicken thighs (approximately 1 1/2 pounds to 2 pounds total) into small bite-sized pieces. 

Marinate the chicken thighs in 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, 3 teaspoons of cornstarch, and a dash of pepper. 

I like to use white pepper in this recipe but you may also use black pepper; or a mixture of both. 

Allow the chicken to marinate at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes. 

marinating chicken for stir fry

While waiting for the chicken to marinate, you can prepare the sauce mixture and cut/chop your vegetables for this recipe (see below).

For the stir-fry sauce, combine 3 tablespoons of chicken stock or water, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of sugar.

preparing stir-fry sauce

Heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a wok over medium-high heat. 

I like to add the fresh ginger and garlic to the wok while the oil is still cold so that it has some time to infuse its flavor in the oil. This recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of julienned ginger and 3 cloves of garlic (minced).

Saute the ginger and garlic until aromatic (about 1 minute). 

ginger and garlic in wok

Add the marinated chicken to the wok in a single layer. Leave the chicken untouched for about 30 seconds to allow it to sear before turning and stir-frying it. 

When the chicken is fully cooked, remove it from the wok and set aside.

stir-frying ginger sesame chicken in wok

Add 1/4 pound of baby bok choy (cut in half horizontally) and 1 cup of mushrooms (quartered) to the wok. Add a splash of oil to the wok if needed. 

Stir-fry the vegetables for about 1 minute until they turn soft. 

Note: if you are substituting the bok choy with “harder” vegetables such as carrots, asparagus or broccoli, add a splash of water to the wok to help the vegetables steam.

bok choy and mushrooms in wok

Return the chicken to the wok. 

ginger sesame chicken with bok choy in wok

Stir in the prepared stir-fry sauce, then stir-fry to combine all the ingredients. 

pouring sauce in stir-fry

Allow the sauce to thicken slightly, then transfer the dish to a serving plate. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions if desired.

Serve with steamed white rice topped with a fried egg and a splash of soy sauce.

Enjoy!

Stir-Fried Ginger Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy

Stir-Fried Ginger Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy

Stir-Fried Ginger Sesame Chicken with Bok Choy

Char
4.70 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
 
 

  • 4 chicken thighs boneless & skinless, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons julienned ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 pound baby bok choy sliced in half horizontally
  • 1 cup mushrooms quartered
  • 4 eggs fried sunny side up
  • Rice for serving
  • Sesame seeds for garnish
  • Chopped scallions for garnish

Marinade

Stir-Fry Sauce:

Instructions
 

  • Marinate the chicken thighs in sesame oil, soy sauce, cornstarch, and pepper. Allow the chicken to marinate for 20 - 30 minutes at room temperature.
  • Prepare the stir-fry sauce by combining chicken stock or water, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and sugar.
  • Heat cooking oil and sesame oil (1 tablespoon) in a wok over medium-high heat. Add the ginger and garlic to the wok while the oil is heating up so that the flavors are infused in the oil.
  • Saute the ginger and garlic until aromatic (about 1 minute).
  • Add the marinated chicken to the wok in a single layer. Leave the chicken untouched for about 30 seconds to allow it to sear before turning and stir-frying it. 
  • When the chicken is fully cooked, remove the chicken from the wok.
  • Add baby bok choy and mushrooms to the wok. Stir fry for about 1 minute. Return the chicken to the wok.
  • Stir in the prepared sauce, then stir-fry to combine all ingredients.
  • Transfer the dish to a serving plate, then garnish with sesame seeds and chopped scallions. Serve with steamed rice topped with a fried egg and a splash of soy sauce.

Notes

You can substitute the baby bok choy with just about any vegetable you may have on hand. Some ideas: broccoli, zucchini, carrots, baby corn, asparagus, and green bell pepper. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 409kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 15gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 526mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3g
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Recipe Rating




Olivia

Tuesday 9th of April 2024

Hi Char,

I've made this at least 10 times already. This recipe is on my weekly rotation. I just swap out the thighs for drumsticks and omit the egg sometimes. I also choose different veggies such as broccoli or even carrots.

Thank you for this amazing recipe!

Char

Monday 22nd of April 2024

Brilliant!! I love how versatile this recipe is :) Enjoy!!

Olivia

Monday 12th of February 2024

Hi Char,

I have made this dish 3 times already in the past two weeks. It's a family favorite now!

Char

Monday 19th of February 2024

Hi Olivia, I'm so glad to hear that you and your family are enjoying this recipe. Thanks for taking the time to leave this review!

Rachel

Wednesday 8th of July 2020

Looks amazing!!

Caroline D. Parker

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Char:

I hope you and your family are still staying safe! Thank you for sharing this AMAZING recipe! I'm going to make it next week using different veggies (broccoli and a different kind of mushroom) because it is awesome! Also am going to try to find some rice noodles or fettuccine to use instead of rice. This recipe is SO very versatile.

Thank you again and please take care! Caroline

Char

Saturday 2nd of May 2020

Caroline, Thank YOU for this incredible recipe idea!! This recipe really is versatile. Take care!