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Three ’5-minute’ Chinese Recipes

Nowadays there are many types of Chinese (and Asian, in general) sauces that you can find in all hypermarkets. Some of them are far from what they should be, but others are actually really good and pretty similar to a homemade sauce.

I am not saying or advising anyone to replace the homemade sauces with the ones bought from hypermarkets, as they aren’t as healthy as those made by you, containing preserving agents and artificial flavors.

However, sometimes, when you are in a hurry or you just aren’t in the mood to spend lots of time in the kitchen, you can prepare delicious dishes with sauces that you get from the hypermarket.

Here are 3 easy Chinese recipes you can prepare in a matter of minutes:

Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken
Caramelized Chicken with Peanuts

- 500 g skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch (2-cm) cubes
- 1 pepper, cut into squares (for more color you can use half a red pepper and half a green or yellow pepper)
- 1/2 can pineapple chunks
- 5 tbsp. sweet & sour sauce
- 1 tbsp. vegetable oil

Heat the oil in a wok, then add the chicken breasts and stir-fry until cooked through, for about 5 minutes. Add the pepper and the pineapple and stir-fry until they slightly change the color.
Chinese pineapple chicken

Add the sweet and sour sauce and leave on fire for 1 minute more, then serve.


Shrimp with Sweet & Sour Sauce
Sweet and sour shrimp

- 250g shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 5 tbsp. sweet & sour sauce
- 1/2 leek
- 1 tbsp. oil

Stir-fry the leek in oil. Add the shrimp and stir-fry for about 3 minutes. Add the sweet & sour sauce and serve. You can garnish the plate with fresh leek.


Caramelized Chicken Breasts with Peanuts
Caramelized Chinese Chicken

- 500 g skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch (2-cm) cubes
- 3 tbsp. chicken soup
- 2 tbsp. sweet & sour sauce
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 diced carrot
- 1/2 diced cucumber
- 100 g roasted peanuts
- 1 tbsp. peanut oil

In a wok, heat the peanut oil and add the brown sugar and let it caramelize. Make sure you move fast, since it gets burnt in a few seconds.

Add the chicken breasts and leave it on fire until it becomes a bit gold-brown-ish.

Add the sweet and sour sauce, the chicken soup, the carrot, cucumber and peanuts and leave on fire until they are cooked (it’s up to you how much you let them on fire depending on your tastes).

Mix well and then serve with rice.

Enjoy these easy to make Chinese recipes and I wish you 胃口好 (Wèikou hao = Have a good meal)!

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  1. avatar

    Jeez all this pics made me damn hungry :p Thanks Key for making us hungry , hrmm wonders if I can cook Sweet and Sour Pineapple Chicken , tomorrow will try it :)

    1. avatar

      Cool! Tell us if it’s good! :D The recipes are easy indeed, I think even I could cook the sweet and sour shrimp :D

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        Okay :p Nooo , dont try to cook it otherwise you will burn the kitchen of your house since you are clumsy :p

  2. avatar

    Oh my they look so yummy… I’ll try the last 2 and tell you. I’m good at cooking.. and Rei dear.. I agree with Yuu… keep yourself out of the kitchen…I’m recalling last time you cooked…lmao….

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    Ok question: I’m gonna cook the Caramelized Chicken Breasts with Peanuts, but I can’t find anywhere the peanut oil..>.< any substitute?? or can I use modena vinegar(we used it to caramelize food)?

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      Post author

      Why peanut oil is used it’s primarily due to its high temperature smoke point, but you can replace it with basically any kind of oil if you are quick enough not to allow the sugar burn. (:

  4. avatar

    Ok! thanks Key.. mine is small town so sometimes it’s hard to find things, like small bottles of sake >..<
    Thanks again…I'll tell you tomorrow how it was :p

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    Well.. I cooked the caramelize chicken..despite is a quite sweet dish and I don’t like sweet things very much, it was delicious!!!
    I just changed the cucumber for courguette.So… thanks for the recipes I encourage ppl to try them out!


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