Saturday, September 7, 2013

Chicken Pancake

These Chicken Pancakes are delicious. Make some of these and serve to your kids, great eaten with rice, or part of an afternoon lunch, with some noodles. I made this for dinner one night, served with rice, and some other dishes, and it was a hit with the family.

The recipe is from Eileen Yin-Fei Lo's cookbook, "From My Grandmother's Chinese Kitchen". According to the author, this recipe has been handed down from her grandmother, it is an inherited dish, as she has never seen it in any restaurant before. 

These chicken pancakes are originally made into two large pancakes of about 6-1/2" in diameter, but I have made them in smaller patties instead, makes it easier to serve at the dining table. And these "pancake-patties" can be added to soups and stir-fried with vegetables, according to the author.

The recipe calls for some chopped water chestnuts, but I have omitted that since I could not find any from the morning market that very day. And I have seen it almost every time I am at the market. Anyway, even without the water chestnuts, these are just as wonderful.

The pancakes are very moist, tender and delicious. 

Chicken Pancakes (Gai Yuk Bang)
(adapted from "My Grandmother's Chinese Kitchen", Eileen Yin-Fei Lo)
1 pound ground chicken
4 scallions, finely sliced
1/3 cup water chestnuts, cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 tablespoons egg white, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons Chinese white rice wine, or gin mixed with 1 teaspoon ginger juice
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1-1/2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
pinch white pepper
1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
7 tablespoons peanut oil, for pan-frying

Mix all ingredients, except 7 tablespoons peanut oil, until thoroughly blended. Divide mixture into 2 equal portions.

Heat wok over high heat 40 seconds. Add 2 tablespoons peanut oil, coat wok with spatula. When a wisp of white smoke appears, add one portion of chicken mixture and with spatula flatten the mixture to make a pancake about 6-1/2 inches in diameter. Lower heat, tip wok side to side to ensure even browning. Add 1 additional tablespoon of peanut oil if needed. If so, drizzle into the wok from its edges. Fry for 4 minutes. Turn over, fry another 4 minutes, again tipping wok back and forth. Again, if chicken mixture is too dry, drizzle another tablespoon of peanut oil into the wok.

Repeat with second half of chicken mixture. After each pancake is golden brown, remove to a heated dish. When both are cooked, serve with cooked rice.

Note : You may make this into 4 pancakes, by dividing mixture into 4 equal portions. Cook in same manner.

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  1. Hi Joyce!

    What an intriguing recipe! They look like it "whips" up in no time flat and with those ingredients, I bet they taste good too!!! They sure do look yummy! I've pinned this recipe because I know Marion will love it! (I think I may surprise her with it the next time she wants to order out, lol:)

    Thanks for sharing, Joyce...

  2. I love the sound of Chicken Pancakes. pinned the recipe. Can't wait to try it... too bad i don't have all the ingredients in hand :(

    1. Hi Joyce, I posted your link on FB. Can I post one of the photographs too ?

    2. Hi Tanusree,
      Sure, go ahead! Thank you!

  3. This looks fantastic! I am always looking for new chicken recipes :)

  4. Hi Joyce , boy , these panckes looks yummy , my family sleeps in on Saturdays' and we have brunch , so you know what they are having tomorrow , thanks for sharing :).

  5. This is simply delicious. Adding water chestnuts will be a thumbs up for this!

  6. Hi Joyce
    The round shape of this chicken makes me an ideasthat it can serve as a burger too.....ha...what do you think? I am sure it is equally delicious whether have it with rice or as a burger. Yum

  7. Hi Joyce! These chicken pancakes sound delicious! Somehow, when you don't want to buy something, you will see it. When you want to buy, it is not available! Hah! Hah!

  8. Joyce, I love the look of your chicken pancakes although to me, pancakes would probably be those like what we have for breakfast. These pancakes look like those in thai restaurants - thai prawn cakes. I'm sure they taste so fabulous. When I get the chance, I will try to make these :)

  9. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comSaturday, September 07, 2013

    Hi Joyce, this is very yummy. Sometimes I do make chicken patties from scratch eg. chicken meat from the double-boiled soup. No wastage and yummy too. Will try your version too. Have a great weekend :)

  10. It looks a bit like minced meatballs pancakes that my aunt used to make. Really yummy!

  11. now you make me feel like eating hamburger! this looks delicious!!

  12. YUM! This looks good & inviting! Can make this for burgers too ! hehehehe

  13. Great looking meat patties. Yum!

  14. What an original idea, Joyce ! They must be very tasty, even eating them cold ! Maybe with a garlic sauce. YUM ! I'm HUNGRY !

  15. Hi Joyce, the chicken pancakes look delicious! I think they will be great sandwiched in a burger, yum!

  16. Looks delicious, Joyce. I like that they are versatile. Can be eaten as is or in a soup. Cool! Thank you for linking!

  17. It sure sounds good, will go well with rice, noodles or vermicelli... anything!

  18. i only eaten chu yook bang, i believe gai yuk bang is just as nice..maybe add a little salted fish in there may also taste nice, hor?