We’ve established that I am super into Asian-inspired food in my kitchen by now, yes? Yeah, I think so. It’s kind of an obsession. I just love the salty, savory, full of flavor dishes and visiting any part of Asia is on the top of my to-travel list! Clayton and I are already planning for our 8 year anniversary in a few years to make this happen and I can’t wait to explore more about the many different cultures and their foods, including an authentic Moo Goo Gai Pan.
One of my favorite orders at a local Chinese restaurant (Royal China) is their Moo Goo Gai Pan. Which, according to wikipedia is the “is the Americanized version of a Cantonese dish, usually a simple stir-fried dish consisting of sliced or cubed chicken with white button mushrooms and other vegetables.” I’ve probably never truly experienced an authentic version of Moo Goo Gai Pan; however, what I have experienced has been nothing but delicious and something that my whole family loves. We always order it when we go to Royal China and eat it family style amongst other things. We all love it for it’s simple, delicious, and savory garlicky sauce.
Here is my not-so-authentic but oh-so-delicious Whole30 rendition I’ve created in my kitchen and, just like when we go out to eat at Royal China, my whole family gobbled this one up! It’s a super easy one-pot meal that will work wonders on your weeknight dinner menu! Enjoy!
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Whole30 Moo Goo Gai Pan
For the Chicken:
- 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 egg white part only
- 1 tablespoon tapioca flour arrowroot is fine too
For the Sauce:
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 teaspoon tapioca flour arrowroot is fine too
- 1/2 inch knob ginger peeled and finely grated
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
For the Stir Fry:
- 1/5 cups baby bella mushrooms thinly sliced (about 6 mushrooms)
- 1 cup carrot peeled and sliced on the diagonal (or 1 large carrot)
- 1.5 cups snow peas
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil
- 8 oz water chestnuts drained
- 4 cloves garlic very thinly sliced
Prepare the Chicken:
- Place chicken on a cutting board and cover with saran wrap. Using a meat mallet or the bottom of a skillet pound until the chicken is an even 1/4 inch thickness. Discard saran wrap then cut the chicken into 1 inch cubes.
- In a bowl, combine the chicken, salt, pepper, egg white and arrowroot flour. Stir until well combined. Set aside.
Make the Sauce:
- Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a bowl, combine all the “For the Sauce” ingredients and whisk to combine. Set aside.
Make the Stir-Fry:
- Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat with 2 tablespoons avocado oil. When the oil is very hot, add chicken in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the skillet, you will likely need to do this in 2-3 batches to allow the chicken to crisp up on all sides and cook evenly. Cook until chicken is cooked through and golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and continue until all chicken is cooked. Set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon of avocado oil to the same skillet. Add the mushrooms, carrots, snow peas, water chestnuts and garlic to the skillet. Sauté, stirring often, until the vegetables are slightly tender, about 3-4 minutes.
- Pour sauce over vegetables and add chicken back to the skillet. Toss to incorporate. Cook, stirring, until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is coated in the sauce, about 2 minutes.