Chicken Stew Recipe
This chicken stew is a classic Chinese-Cantonese recipe that is hearty, delicious and great through the year, especially during winter.
When the temperature dips, chicken stew is my favorite goto food, especially if it’s made in a Chinese claypot.
This easy chicken stew recipe is made with chicken, black fungus in a savory brown sauce.
Black fungus is a popular ingredient in Chinese recipes.
Black fungus are similar to shiitake mushrooms, except that the texture is thinner but every bite is a snappy crunch.
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Chicken Stew Ingredients
Stew chicken calls for the following ingredients:
- Oyster sauce
- Chinese cooking wine
- Sesame oil
- Black fungus or shiitake mushrooms
How to Make Stew Chicken?
It’s so easy to make chicken stew. The cooking process is effortless.
All you have to do is add all the ingredients in a claypot, add some liquid, cover the lid and let the claypot does its magic.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Chinese Claypot?
Claypot is a made from clay found only in China. It cooks well with a direct flame or direct contact with an electric burner.
Chicken stew in these pots represent an authentic part of Chinese cuisine. Known as 砂锅，or “sandy pots,” it comes with a sandy exterior.
Claypot produces hearty, easy and delicious meals, and it’s one of the least expensive utensils to invest in any kitchen.
What Other Cookware Can I Use for Chicken Stew?
If you don’t have a claypot, you can stew chicken using a Dutch oven, a ceramic pot, a skillet with a lid, a slow cooker or an Instant pot!
How Many Calories per Serving?
This recipe is only 343 calories per serving.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
Serve stew chicken with steamed rice. For a wholesome Chinese meal and easy weeknight dinner, I recommend the following recipes.
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Chinese Chicken Stew
- 1 1/2 tablespoons oil
- 1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced into thin pieces
- 8 oz. chicken thigh or chicken leg, cut into pieces
- 2-3 pieces dried black fungus or cloud ear (soaked in warm water and cut into pieces)
- 2 stalks scallions (cut into 2-inch lengths)
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 3 dashes white pepper
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 tablespoon shaoxing wine (optional)
- 5 tablespoons water
- Combine all the Sauce ingredients in a bowl, stir to mix well. Set aside.
- Heat up a Chinese claypot on high heat. (You may use a skillet or wok.)
- Add the oil into the claypot. When the oil is heated, add the ginger and stir fry until aromatic. Add the chicken and stir continuously until the meat turns opaque.
- Add the black fungus, stir to combine well. Add the sauce, stir to coat well with the chicken. Turn the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer on low heat, for about 10 minutes, or until the chicken has become tender. If the sauce dries up, add some water to dilute the sauce. Right before serving, stir in the scallions. Serve warm with steamed rice.
Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.
I prepared this dish today with white rice and vegetables on the side. It was very easy to make and it tasted wonderful! The only deviation from the recipe was that I used ca. 15 pcs of cloud ears as 2-3 pcs seemed not enough. Perhaps my cloud ears were tiny and you have large ones? Anyway, thanks a lot for this nice recipe. I will surely prepare it more often.
Once again a fabulous recipe from you!! SO simple and really tasty. This will become a go-to. I also soaked some lily flower. I velveted the chicken in some extra cornstarch. For 2 I doubled the sauce ingredients and added a bit more meat.
Is there a substitute for oyster sauce ?
Thank you Rasa.We love your recipes.
Your recipes are great my dear. I have stayed in KL for 3 years and enjoyed black fungus in fresh steamed fish.
Awesome thanks Victor.
i did this and it was excellent
Where will I find this clay pot.
As we are kosher,oyster sauce is off the menu. Please provide us for a substitute for oyster sauce.PS.Your recipes are phenomenal!
Mushroom sauce with sort of an imitation oyster flavour.
Hi! I love your recipes and emails.
In trying to find black fungus: should I be looking for fresh? Or do you buy it dry and rehydrate it?
Either way is fine.
Would it be ok to make this with white snow fungus too?