Bang Bang Chicken
by Liv

Bang Bang Chicken

Jun 5, 2010 | Chinese Food, Recipes, Taiwanese Food | 36 comments

bang bang chicken

Is everybody feeling the heat lately? Recently Edinburgh has been getting a lot warmer. It’s great weather when I have a day off but it’s really horrible when I have to work under this kind of weather because the temperature can easily reach 40~50 degree.

So today I share with you the recipe of this Bang Bang Chicken. This dish is great for hot weather. I always love to have this dish during the summer and it’s healthy and low fat as well. Especially the green bean noodle is really low in calories and fills you up quickly. It’s a great food for people who want to lose some weight ready for wearing their summer bikinis.

In this particular method of preparing bang bang chicken, I chose to steam the chicken rather than use traditional way of boiling in water because I think steaming the chicken helps keep the texture and taste better. I actually made the sesame paste myself at home because I was too lazy to go to Chinese supermarket just for a bottle of sesame paste. So I went to Sainsbury and bought two small bags of white sesame (for some reason I can’t find any where in the Edinburgh that sells black sesame!! Please contact with me if you know where you can buy the black sesame in Edinburgh and Glasgow), sauté them and use my food processor to grind them into a paste. It’s not difficult at all and taste even better than the sesame paste you bought in the market and cheaper as well.

Credit: These photos were taken by Chris at Chris Radley Photography

 

Bang Bang Chicken

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 2 people

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 chicken leg including thigh. You can use chicken breast if you're on a diet
  • 1/2 cucumber julienne it
  • Handful bean sprouts blanched
  • 3 bunches green bean noodles available in Chinese supermarkets
  • 1 chili julienne it
  • 1 tsp spring onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground Sichuan pepper saute for 20 seconds before grinding it

Seasonings

  • 1 tsp sesame paste
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp chili oil

Instructions

  1. Use a tablespoon of rice wine, 1 teaspoon grind Sichuan pepper, 1 teaspoon salt to marinade the chicken breast and leg for 30 minutes.
  2. Use a steamer to cook the chicken with a little bit of ginger slice and spring onion. After it cook just leave it to cool down.
  3. Peel the chicken with your hands after it’s cool down.
  4. Soak the green bean noodle into a bowl of warm water for 15~20 minutes until it’s soft. Cook the green bean noodle in a pot of boiling water for 5~10 minutes and soak in the cold water.
  5. Mix all the seasonings with 1 teaspoon finely chopped spring onion, 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic, ½ teaspoon finely chopped ginger and leave it for 20 minutes and stir it a few times every few minutes to help the sugar, salt to dissolve in the sauce.
  6. Plate up all the vegetables, chicken, green bean noodle into a plate and sprinkle the sauce on the top.

 

By Liv

Illustrator by day, home chef at night. I worked as a professional chef for many years but now I draw for a living. I now cook just for the love of cooking. The recipes on this website are all influenced by things I have eaten in different locations around the world.

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36 Comments

  1. Magic of Spice

    Great soup, love all of these flavors:)

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi, thanks for your comment. Happy you love the different flavours.

      Reply
  2. Cook with Madin

    This dish looks refreshing. And great photos. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi, thanks for your comment. This dish is definitely refreshing when it’s warm outside. Chris says thanks for the comment about the pictures.

      Reply
    • admin

      Hi, thanks for the kind comment.

      Reply
  3. zerrin

    It’s getting hotter and hotter here, so I must try this fantastic looking chicken dish. Thanks for the recipe.

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Zerrin, thanks for your comment. I can imagine Turkey is getting really hot. I’ve never been to Turkey but my husband and I really want to visit in the very near future.

      Thanks
      Liv

      Reply
  4. Chef Dennis

    Hey Liv
    Bang Bang chicken sounds delicious!! its been soo hot here in New Jersey too…we could use something refreshing!
    and congratulations on making the Food Buzz Top 9!! Very much deserved, you do such great work!

    Cheers
    Dennis

    Reply
    • admin

      Hey Dennis,
      Bang Bang Chicken is unlike anything served in the UK normally, my husband really likes it as it’s entirely refreshing. I wish I could enjoy the heat from New Jersey, Scotland in the winter is horrendously cold and the summer is still cold compared to Taiwan.
      I normally hate turkey but your Maygiving turkey looks really yummy and juicy.

      Thanks as always for your really positive comments about my dishes, it’s really nice to be able share recipes and comments between us professionals.

      Many Thanks
      Liv

      Reply
  5. Judy

    Hi Liv, Beautiful dish, and it looks REALLY tasty too! Congrats, AGAIN on the Top 9! 🙂 Your food is amazing!!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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    • admin

      Hi Judy, thank you for your comment about this dish and about the Top 9 placing. I also love your cooking, tako wontons sounds really interesting. Hope you’re well and had a good weekend.

      Reply
  6. Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron

    Love the name Liv! Bang Bang Chicken sounds very catchy. Congrats on the top9!
    This sounds like a healthy meal. I’ve never tried or heard of green bean noodles. ‘Def have to check it out!
    Your pics are amazing!

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Tanantha, thank you for your comment. Green bean noodles is available in most Chinese supermarkets but is quite common in both the UK and the US. Bang Bang Chicken is definitely a catchy name, almost sounds a bit naughty 😛
      My husband said thanks for the comment about the pics.

      Reply
  7. cannellette

    Hi Liv,

    this dish sounds like just the kind of food I need during this weather. I’ll try it out this week 🙂 do green bean noodles have a special taste, by the way? could I make it with soba noodles, do you think?

    -cannellette /christel

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi, you can use soba noodles instead of green bean noodles. Green bean noodles don’t really have any taste but when mixed with everything else they have a nice texture, are low calorie and filling.

      Good luck

      Reply
    • admin

      Hi Linn, many thanks for your lovely comment. Everyone laughs when they hear the name “Bang Bang Chicken”. My husband said I have a dirty mouth when I told him the name for the first time lol

      Reply
  8. Nancy aka Spicie Foodie

    Love your recipe, specially that it’s a healthy and low calorie dish without sacrificing the flavor. You know I hate boiled chicken,yuck, but I’ve never tried steaming it, I will now.
    Glad you are having nice weather. We finally had our first day of sunshine in weeks,no more rain!

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Nancy, many thanks for your comment.
      I agree with you, I also hate boiled chicken, but this steamed method is the way my grandfather used to do it when I was younger. The texture stays extremely moist but it also keeps it’s flavour.
      Great news you’re having good weather. It’s been miserable here in Scotland again, lol

      Reply
  9. Jean

    Congrats on another Top 9! This dish sounds so fresh and healthy and clean!

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    • admin

      Hi Jean,
      Many thanks for you message, glad you like this dish.

      Reply
  10. Ariel

    bang bang chicken的中文是什麼菜呀?
    棒棒雞?

    Reply
    • admin

      對!就是棒棒雞呢!!

      Reply
  11. Sarah

    Hi, I’ve been trying to get in touch to book a course however there is an error on your contact page as it keeps asking me to enter a subject even though there isn’t a box to enter this?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Sarah, thanks for your message. It looks like there was an error on the contact page but this has now been fixed. If you have anymore problems please leave another comment and I’ll send you my personal email.
      Look forward to hearing from you.
      Liv

      Reply
  12. Cannellette

    Hi! I made your dish a few days ago – it was lovely! My boyfriend was amazed how much flavour the chicken got from steaming with some ginger and spring onion. We’ll definitely make this again soon!

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Cannellette, that is so awesome you made one of my dishes, you’re the first person to tell me you have done something like this, it’s really made my day. The steamed chicken is really yummy. My husband was really surprised at how good it was as well, it tastes miles better than normal boiled chicken.

      Let me know how you get on next time.

      Thanks
      Liv

      Reply
  13. Rick

    Ever have the bang bang chicken and shrimp at Cheesecake Factory? It made me think of this. This looks yummo.

    Reply
    • admin

      lol, no I haven’t Rick. Where is the Cheesecake factory?

      Reply
  14. 5 Star Foodie

    It is definitely very hot here and this dish sure sounds so refreshing and delicious! I love the combination of all the ingredients here!

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    • admin

      Hi Natasha, bang bang chicken is really great when the weather is hot. It’s refreshing, filling but also low calorie

      Reply
  15. Ohio Debt Consolidation

    Bang Bang Chicken is unlike anything served in the UK normally, my husband really likes it as it’s entirely refreshing. I wish I could enjoy the heat from New Jersey, Scotland in the winter is horrendously cold and the summer is still cold compared to Taiwan.I normally hate turkey but your Maygiving turkey looks really yummy and juicy.
    +1

    Reply
  16. Joanne Choi

    Fabulous looking food! Your photography is so stunning it makes me want to reach out and eat it.

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    • admin

      Hello Joanne,
      Many thanks for your kind comment. My husband thank you for the comment about the photo. I hope you can visit my blog often in the future.
      All the best.

      Reply
  17. Magic of Spice

    Wonderful flavors, and very lovely photo. Looks incrdibly fresh and light 🙂

    Reply

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