Mushu Chicken | from 6/16/14
wraps with carrots and shiitakes
We featured this Chinese restaurant classic in June of 2014. In its reviews, you'll definitely see that this classic Chinese restaurant dish isn't really hard to make at home. While this is typically served with a hoisin sauce (a sweet Asian condiment), you can easily skip it for something I enjoy more - Sriracha.
Smarts: No need to find authentic 'mushu' wrappers. Flour tortillas work just fine!
- Chicken breasts - 1 lb, sliced
- Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
- Green onions - 3 stalks, chopped, white and green parts separated
- Shiitake mushrooms - 1/2 lb, sliced
- Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
- Mirin (opt) - 1 Tbsp ((This is a Japanese rice wine. If you can't find it, try a splash of white wine))
- Brown sugar - 2 tsp
- Water - 1/2 cup
- Cornstarch - 1 Tbsp
- Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
- Coleslaw mix (or sub with shredded cabbage and carrots) - 12 oz
- Tortillas, flour (taco-sized) - 8
- Hoisin or Sriracha sauce (opt) - for serving ((Hoisin sauce is commonly used for mushu, but if you don't think you'll use it often, no need to purchase))
- Chicken - Slice into thin strips. Season and tenderize with salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
- Garlic / Green onions / Mushrooms - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Make stir-fry sauce - Mix together soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, water, and cornstarch.
- Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add in cooking oil and then coleslaw mix to heated oil. Saute for ~5 minutes and then add in white parts of green onions, garlic, and mushrooms.
- Push all the vegetables to the side, forming a hole in the middle (like a donut). Place chicken in the donut hole. Give your sauce a stir, and then pour it over the chicken.
- Once sauce starts to bubble and darken, toss to mix. Continue to stir-fry until chicken is cooked through (since the chicken has been sliced into thin strips, this shouldn't take more than another 4 to 5 minutes).
- Warm tortillas. Let everyone assemble their own mushu wraps using hoisin or Sriracha sauce, filling, and green parts of green onion.
Needs more seasoning0 Helpful
Overall we liked this dish. Next time, I'd spice up the sauce a little more and take more care not to cook the cole slaw mix to mush. But still tasty and worth making again.0 Helpful
Wonderful! I will definitely make it again.0 Helpful
Huge hit with the family! My sonata ALL of the veggies and went back for seconds!0 Helpful
Fantastic! Family devoured it. Next time, would double everything.0 Helpful
Yum! Used a broccoli slaw and just regular mushrooms. We had sriracha sauce which was good, hoisin as well would have added more flavor. Just used flour tortillas that were on hand. Doubled the sauce because we wanted it to be extra saucy, that made more than enough.0 Helpful