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Velveting Chicken

Velveting Chicken is a Chinese technique to the tender and juicy texture of a chicken stir-fry. Learn how to velvet chicken and understand the process of how to make the melt-in-your-mouth meat at home from scratch.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: velveting chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Cindy


  • 1 pound  boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon  cornstarch
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon  rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon  soy sauce  optional


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together egg white, rice vinegar, soy sauce and cornstarch.
  • Cut the chicken breasts into cubes or thin slices and add to the mixture, tossing to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or overnight) to marinate.
  • Bring water to a boil in a pot over high heat, and add the marinated chicken. Boil for about 1 minute until the chicken turns white on the outside. Drain the water.
  • In a large wok or saucepan, heat oil over high heat and finish cooking by stir-frying the meat.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 267mg | Potassium: 431mg | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.5mg