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Mongolian chicken recipe cooked in skillet
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20 Minutes Mongolian Chicken

Mongolian chicken is Chinese inspired American dish that has crispy fried chicken smothered in sweet savory sauce. It’s a delicious fast dinner that comes together in under 30 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 390kcal


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts will do but highly recommend thighs so you don’t over cook
  • ¼ cup corn starch + 2 teaspoon extra for adding to sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil + extra if needed to fry chicken strips
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • ½ cup green onion white and green part of onion included
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup low sodium soy sauce look for gluten free soy sauce if you are on gluten free diet
  • 1 ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • cup water


  • Chicken boneless chicken into thin strips.
  • Add chicken strips to a zip lock bag. Add corn starch and pinch of salt and pepper.
    coating boneless chicken strips in corn starch in zip lock bag
  • Close zip lock bag and coat chicken strips into corn flour making sure chicken in evenly coated.
    coating boneless chicken strips in corn starch in zip lock bag
  • Heat vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet.
  • Add chicken strips coated in corn flour to hot oil. Do not crowd the pan. Fry few chicken strips at a time and do multiple batches to fry chicken. Fry chicken strips on medium heat.
    Note: Overcrowding pan with chicken will result in chicken not getting browned evenly.
    frying chicken coated in corn starch in oil
  • Flip chicken and brown it on both sides. Cook it for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until browned.
    frying chicken coated in corn starch in oil
  • Remove browned chicken from pan onto a plate with kitchen towel to absorb excess oil from fried chicken.
    golden brown fried chicken on a plate
  • Repeat above steps for rest of the chicken.
  • In the same pan add minced ginger, garlic and ½ of green onion (reserve rest of green onion to be added to the dish in the last step). If pan it too dry without any leftover oil in it, add 2 to 3 teaspoon of oil before adding ginger and garlic.
    scallions, ginger, garlic in skillet
  • Saute for 30 seconds.
    scallions, ginger, garlic in skillet
  • Add toasted sesame oil, low sodium soy sauce and dark brown sugar to the pan.
    Mongolian chicken sauce in skillet
  • Give it a quick stir.
  • Quickly mix 2 teaspoon of corn starch in ⅓ cup water.
    adding corn starch into sauce
  • Pour it to the sauce and stir immediately.
    Mongolian chicken sauce in skillet
  • With constant stirring cook for 30 seconds.
  • Sauce will begin to thicken. Add fried chicken strips and remaining green onion.
    fried chicken and scallion added to pan to make Mongolian chicken
  • Give it a quick toss until all chicken is evenly coated in the sauce.
    Jo’s Tip: If the sauce turns too dry, you can add a splash(about 1 to 2 tablespoon) water or chicken stock to adjust the consistency of the sauce.
  • Stir everything together.
    Mongolian chicken in skillet
  • Remove pan from heat.
  • Serve it immediately hot over steamed rice.



  • Like any stir fry recipe, Mongolian chicken recipe needs to be done fast. So it’s crucial to keep all ingredients prepped and ready near the stove.
  • Chicken breast is great choice, but boneless thighs will keep them moist even if you do tend to over cook your chicken. Highly recommend you use boneless thighs.
  • Cutting boneless chicken into strips will help cook chicken fast. Cook chicken on medium heat, high heat will brown and dry the chicken fast.
  • Do not leave chicken in the pan for long. Cook on each side for not more than 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Remove chicken soon as it turns brown.
  • The secret to any stir fry recipe is hot wok (or skillet) and keep moving everything. Do not leave the ingredients sit in the pan. Keep continuously stirring, moving everything. 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1206mg | Potassium: 553mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg