Sesame chicken with ginger and mushrooms

Ginger-laden food always makes me all warm inside. With simple ingredients such as sesame oil, soy sauce, chicken, ginger and shiitake mushroom, easy and nutritious dish can be prepared.

Ginger is cut into matchstick shapes and stir-fry over high heat to release the flavor. All the other ingredients are then cooked over high heat to seal in the essences. Water is added midway through cooking and then braised slowly to tenderize the meat and bring everything together.

Serve with steamed rice and I assure you, it can be your favorite Chinese cooking.

Sesame Chicken with Ginger and Mushroom


Sesame Chicken with Ginger and Mushroom

Makes 4 servings


100 g ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks, about 1/2 cup

3 tbsp sesame oil

250 g chicken breast, cut into bite-sizes

3 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked and cut into 2 cm-width strips

2 tbsp dark soy sauce, mushroom flavored

1/2 tsp sugar (optional)

2 cups warm water


Heat a wok over high heat for 30 seconds and toss in the ginger. Quickly cook for a minute until fragrant

Add the sesame oil and mushroom slices, cook for a couple of minutes

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry quickly for three minutes

Pour in the warm water and lower heat, cook and covered for 5 minutes

Remove from heat and pour the dish into a claypot. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to 1/3. Simmer in the same wok if no claypot is used

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22 Responses to “Sesame Chicken with Ginger and Mushroom”

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    noobcook — August 24, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    I grew up eating this dish and I just made it recently too. Love your presentation … I grew up eating this dish =)

    • Jun replied: — August 27th, 2010 @ 5:09 am

      Thank you, Wiffy! I mean we are all loving all those new fusion-style cooking. But home-style cooking still rocks. Nothing cures headache or heartache like a plate of this ginger chicken served with steamed rice.

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    Pepy @Indonesia Eats — August 25, 2010 @ 3:42 am

    Ahhh so yummy. I should come over and bring my own rice. :)

    • Jun replied: — August 27th, 2010 @ 5:11 am

      One day we shall meet. And eat everything in sight!

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    tigerfish — August 25, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

    Nice homey dish which is my kind of food.

    • Jun replied: — August 27th, 2010 @ 5:15 am

      Thank you, Tigerfish!

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    Cooking Gallery — August 26, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    Great presentation, and I can only repeat myself, I love your photography. Your work always look so clean and neat somehow!

    • Jun replied: — August 27th, 2010 @ 5:20 am

      Maybe we can attribute the “clean” photography style to my reluctance to bring out other props. Hahaha! The piece of cardboard that cost less than USD 1 has been overused.

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    Mei Teng — August 26, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

    A fav dish of mine. The version I enjoy has no sesame seeds. Great comfort food.

    Beautiful food photos.

    • Jun replied: — September 3rd, 2010 @ 7:39 am

      Mine doesn’t have any sesame seeds either, I used sesame oil instead.

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    Tastes of Home — August 26, 2010 @ 4:28 pm

    yummy! I totally agree that ginger is such a great ingredient :) Gorgeous pics!

    • Jun replied: — September 3rd, 2010 @ 7:40 am

      I used to hate ginger, call me a ginger-hater. I wouldn’t touch anything with ginger in it. But as I always said, nothing is set in stone. Mine could be set in sand.

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    Debs — August 27, 2010 @ 2:17 am

    Oh yes, this is my kinda food. Thanks.

    • Jun replied: — September 3rd, 2010 @ 7:41 am

      Thanks, Debs!

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    Happysurfer — August 30, 2010 @ 6:54 am

    A wonderful dish especially on a rainy day! Yum!

    Hi Jun, how are you? Thought of you when I first read about the volcano eruption. Hope it’s not affecting you.

    • Jun replied: — September 3rd, 2010 @ 7:42 am

      Hi Happysurfer!

      I am great, thanks for asking! The volcano is quite a long way from here. No effect whatsoever. :)

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    mycookinghut — September 2, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    This is a lovely and hearty dish that I always love!

    • Jun replied: — September 3rd, 2010 @ 7:42 am

      Thank you, Lee Mei!

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    Rice Palette — September 5, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    Ginger is awesome! I agree, it also makes me warm inside too.. especially when I have a sore throat, it feels great!

    • Jun replied: — November 5th, 2010 @ 10:50 am

      It’s therapeutic benefit is definitely not a myth! Thanks for your visit

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    Kathryn — September 17, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    That looks so so good! I LOVE mushrooms. I recently made this portobello mushroom tower and it was so yummy!

    • Jun replied: — November 5th, 2010 @ 10:50 am

      That’s a great idea, Kathryn

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