Sha Cha Chicken

We were introduced to this sha cha chicken recipe recently and we couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to make a restaurant-quality dish like this. The seafood and spicy undertones of the sha cha sauce makes this dish truly delicious.

Sha Cha Chicken served with broccoli and rice

Sha Cha Sauce

Sha Cha Sauce is a mix of soybean oil, green onions, garlic, dried shrimp, brill fish, and chili. It is often used as a base for soups, a sauce for hotpots and stir fry dishes, and a rub for BBQ meats. Sha Cha Sauce often referred to as “Chinese BBQ Sauce” in English, brings out so much flavor in the dish and compliments the chicken (or beef) extremely well. You can purchase Sha Cha Sauce from Chinese supermarkets or online.

Vegetables

We add a little bit of green onion and white onion to the stir fry - both offer a little bit of sweetness to the dish, while the white onion gives a little bit of crunch to the meal. We also make the dish with a side of steamed broccoli to serve along with rice.

Chicken

For this dish, we use chicken thighs - we prefer to use chicken thighs over chicken breasts since thighs don’t dry out so easily. Thighs are also extremely tender and juicy once cooked. Of course, you can use chicken breast, but we definitely prefer this recipe with thighs!

Delicious bowl of Sha Cha Chicken served with broccoli and rice

Can I store sha cha chicken in the fridge?

Yes, store sha cha chicken in the fridge for roughly three days in an airtight container.

What can I serve with sha cha chicken?

Here are some suggestions on what to serve with sha cha chicken:
- Broccoli
- Cauliflower
- Spinach
- Green beans
- Rice
- Medium egg noodles

A delicious bowl of Sha Cha Chicken

Sha Cha Chicken

We were introduced to this sha cha chicken recipe recently and we couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to make a restaurant-quality dish like this. The seafood and spicy undertones of the sha cha sauce makes this dish truly delicious.

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Cuisine
Chinese

Servings
4

Calories
219 kcal

Prep time
10 minutes

Cook time
15 minutes

Total time
25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs - thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1.5 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1.5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons sha cha sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • medium white onion
  • 3 green onions (chopped in 1-inch pieces)
  • vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the sliced chicken thighs, 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 2 teaspoons cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Heat a pan over high heat with a little bit of vegetable oil. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken slices to the pan until the chicken slices cook on the outside - roughly 30 seconds on each side. It’s fine if the slices are still slightly pink in the center since we will put the slices back into the pan to cook completely. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium heat. Add 1.5 teaspoons of ginger, 1.5 teaspoons of garlic, 2 tablespoons of sha cha sauce, 2 teaspoons of sugar, and half the chopped white onion to the pan and cook for 1 minute.
  4. After 1 minute, add the chicken and the green onions into the pan with the sha cha sauce mixture. Cook everything on high heat until the white onions are opaque and the green onions have wilted. The chicken should also be completely cooked through.

Notes

  • To save time when making recipes that require ginger and garlic, we recommend using ginger and garlic paste.
  • While cooking the chicken initially, you may have to cook the chicken in batches so that you can evenly cook each chicken slice.
  • If you like this sha cha chicken recipe, try out our sha cha beef recipe too!

Nutrition

  • Calories 219 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 10.3 g | 
  • Protein 22.8 g | 
  • Fat 9.3 g | 
  • Saturated fat 4.2 g | 
  • Cholesterol 106.5 mg | 
  • Sodium 214.5 mg | 
  • Fiber 0.6 g | 
  • Sugar 6.7 g |