Lychee’s are in season now and this delicious lychee chicken recipe makes the most of that awesome Chinese flavor!! We have been going to the morning markets here in Taiwan and buying bunches of Lychee’s to snack on throughout the day but had no idea that you could cook em with chicken for a yummy dinner option too. The recipe we used asks for canned lychees but since we have the real deal so close at hand we substituted those instead.
Also in more exciting news this week our new camera arrived… (we had a sad event a couple of weeks ago when our camera finally died on us after at least 7 years of faithful service) it has been so good to be able to get back into the kitchen and back to photographing again, I am going a little crazy doing at least a couple of recipes per day, so I will make a solid attempt to prize myself away from the lens to update everything here too.
- 1 1/2 lbs (680g) chicken thighs, cut to bite-size pieces
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 4 tablespoons corn flour, to coat chicken
- 2 cups (472 ml) oil, for deep frying
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon crushed ginger
- 1 can lychee, drained with syrup reserved
- 1 teaspoon red chilli flakes
- Sliced spring onion and red chilli, for garnish
- 1 cup lychee syrup
- 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon corn flour, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
- Marinate the chicken with the soy sauce, salt, sesame oil, and sugar for 30 minutes.
- Roll the chicken in the corn flour.
- Deep fry the chicken until golden brown. Set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in another pan over medium heat.
- Stir fry the garlic and ginger for about 1-2 minutes.
- Add the sauce ingredients and cook until the sauce thickens.
- Add the chicken, lychee, and chillies.
- Mix well and allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Garnish with the spring onion and red chilli.
Lychee chicken actually comes out quite a lot like another of my favorite Chinese dishes – sweet and sour – but with the lovely juicy lychees adding something a little unique.
We served ours with brown rice and a nice big pile of fresh green beans
Lychee Chicken Tips
- If you start to cook the rice at the same time as you start the sauce they should be ready together.
- If you are using fresh Lychees rather than canned ones simply add about a cup of water to the sauce and about a tablespoon of sugar instead of the Lychee syrup.
Some images produced for wikiHow. This recipe is edited from the wikiHow article Make Lychee Chicken.