This Mongolian chicken is crispy slices of chicken breast stir fried in a sweet and savory sauce. A restaurant favorite that tastes even better when you make it at home!

I’m a huge fan of Mongolian beef, but I have to say, I think I may like this easy Mongolian chicken even better. The chicken is perfectly crispy on the edges and the sauce has the perfect balance of flavors.

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Mongolian chicken with green onions in a skillet.

I recently ordered Mongolian chicken at my local Chinese restaurant instead of my go-to Mongolian beef, and boy am I hooked. I decided I needed to learn how to make this dish at home, and it’s been on constant rotation in our house ever since.

How do you make Mongolian chicken?

This recipe starts with thin pieces of chicken breast. I recommend partially freezing your chicken breasts to make them easier to slice. You can cube your chicken if that’s easier, but I think the long thin slices are better because they have more surface area for the sauce to cling to. The chicken is coated in cornstarch and stir fried until crispy.

Crispy sliced chicken breast in a pan.

What is Mongolian sauce made of?

The crispy chicken pieces are coated in Mongolian sauce which is a combination of soy sauce, sesame oil and brown sugar. This dish also gets its flavor from the garlic, ginger and green onions that are added in during the cooking process.

Sliced chicken breast in a skillet with Mongolian sauce and green onions.

Tips for Mongolian chicken

I keep this dish true to the restaurant version by just including chicken and green onions in the sauce. You can absolutely add more vegetables if you like, some great choices are

  • Zucchini
  • Water chestnuts
  • Sliced carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Red peppers

I typically serve Mongolian chicken over steamed rice, but it’s also great over zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice if you’re looking to watch your carbs. If you’re not watching your carbs, try it with a side of chow mein.

Mongolian chicken served over a bowl of rice.

If you’re not a fan of chicken breast, feel free to use chicken thighs in this dish. Or try something completely different and use shrimp instead of chicken, I’ve done that before and it’s fabulous. Regardless of how you choose to serve it, Mongolian chicken is sure to be a hit! My kids like it so much that they even ask to have it for lunch the next day.

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4.99 from 148 votes

Mongolian Chicken

AuthorSara Welch
Mongolian chicken with green onions in a skillet.
This Mongolian chicken is crispy slices of chicken breast stir fried in a sweet and savory sauce. A restaurant favorite that tastes even better when you make it at home!
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Asian
Serves 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons cornstarch divided use
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup green onions cut into 1 inch pieces
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Place the chicken and 1/4 cup cornstarch in a resealable plastic bag, shake to coat evenly.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over high heat
  • Add the chicken to the pan in a single layer and season to taste with salt and pepper (keeping in mind the sauce has plenty of salt in it!). 
  • Cook for 3-4 minutes per side or until browned. Cook in multiple batches if needed.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels
  • Add the garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, water and brown sugar to the pan and bring to a simmer.
  • Mix the 2 teaspoons of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of cold water. Add the cornstarch to the sauce and bring to a boil; boil for 30-60 seconds until just thickened.
  • Add the chicken and green onions to the pan and toss to coat with the sauce. Serve over rice if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 739mg | Potassium: 652mg | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 165IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.6mg

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  1. You said cook the chicken but you didn’t mention how. Should I bake it or fry it or just toss it into the air fryer? Please be more specific. I would like to try it out. I’m new to cooking.

  2. 5 stars
    This Mongolian Chicken recipe is so delicious! I used San-J Tamari Soy Sauce for a more tastier version; it’s perfect!

  3. 5 stars
    This was an amazingly delicious recipe! I was literally licking my plate off at the end as I didn’t want it to finish! The only addition I think would help is to mention patting the chicken dry before putting the cornflour and the chicken in the bag as I thought the cornflour adhered better when the chicken was dry. Because this tasted so good, I really want to try the Mongolian beef version which I’m sure will be just as great.

  4. 5 stars
    This website never disappoints. When searching recipes on Google, if “Dinner At The Zoo” is an option, I don’t even look at the other recipes anymore. Lol I’ve never tried my hand at Chinese food, and always wondered how they got the texture for the meats. Never knew it was as simple as a little corn starch.

    Definitely measure things ahead of time as much as possible! I was really afraid that I ruined my sauce because the ginger and garlic were almost burned in a matter of seconds. (I also used powder because I didn’t have fresh.) It still turned out amazing! Now that I’ve done it once the second time will be a lot smoother, I think! Would be delicious with some broccoli.

  5. 5 stars
    This is very tasty! I followed the recipe exactly. It goes pretty fast at the end so Iā€™m glad I measured everything out in advance. Definitely saving this one šŸ˜‹

  6. Very good. Guests loved it. Doubled the chicken but quadrupled the sauce. The sauce was the best. My vegetarian daughter took some sauce to put on her rice.

  7. 5 stars
    Really good and I like that I didn’t have to buy too many new ingredients, so the meal was fairly cheap, but so much of the paper towels ended up in the sauce because they stuck to the chicken :(((( If (when) I do this again I’ll just set the chicken aside on a plate and maybe dab it with towels before adding it to the stew, because I really couldn’t remove most of the paper :/// Luckily I only cook for myself so I didn’t have to seem stupid in front of anyone else haha

  8. This was really good; passed my Asian dad’s standards and he lives and breathes Chinese food. Adding other vegetables like pepper and broccoli is a really good idea too! Thank you for a recipe that used up my chicken!

  9. Made this tonight, it came out delicious, only thing I added was dried Szechuan peppers to kick it up a notch. I added them with the garlic and ginger all together.

  10. I’m not a big fan of ginger, would this be just as good without the ginger? Or is the ginger a must?

  11. 5 stars
    I Love all of your Asian recipes but this is my favorite so far! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out SO yummy! I froze my chicken for about an hour before slicing and it made a huge difference. My husband said this one is restaurant quality and I agree! I will double this next time for leftovers as we licked the pan clean!

  12. 5 stars
    I’m not a very good cook and I’ve never been brave enough to try and make an Asian dish but I tried this one. Followed the recipe exactly, super easy, super delicious! Better than I can get at my local restaurant. Instructions were easy to follow, not too many ingredients and tasted great! I’ve never cooked a dish from a recipe and have it turn out exactly like the picture! Your my new go to for meal ideas.