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Stir-Fried Chicken with Pumpkin (鸡片炒南瓜)

Stir-Fried Chicken with Pumpkin (鸡片炒南瓜)

This delightful recipe combines the sweetness of pumpkin with tender chicken pieces, creating a savory and slightly sweet dish that's perfect for a cozy dinner. Here's how you can make it at home.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese


  • 300 g chicken breast thinly sliced
  • 300 g pumpkin peeled and cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Green onions chopped for garnish
  • Sesame seeds optional for garnish

Marinade for Chicken:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


Marinate the Chicken:

  • In a bowl, combine the chicken slices with the soy sauce, cornstarch, and sesame oil. Mix well and let it marinate for about 15-20 minutes.

Prepare the Pumpkin:

  • While the chicken is marinating, prepare the pumpkin by peeling and cutting it into bite-sized cubes.

Cook the Pumpkin:

  • Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add the pumpkin cubes and stir-fry until they start to soften, about 8-10 minutes. You might want to add a splash of water to help it cook. Once done, remove the pumpkin from the pan and set it aside.

Stir-Fry the Chicken:

  • In the same pan, add another tablespoon of oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir-fry until fragrant.
  • Add the marinated chicken and stir-fry until it's nearly cooked through.

Combine Chicken and Pumpkin:

  • Return the pumpkin to the pan with the chicken.
  • Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Stir well to combine everything.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Continue to cook until the chicken is fully cooked and the pumpkin is tender but still holds its shape.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Garnish with chopped green onions and optional sesame seeds before serving.
  • Serve hot with a side of steamed rice or your favorite grains.

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