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Chicken Bittergourd Stir-fry

This stir-fry contains chicken breast, bitter gourd, a bit of chili. With a combination of hoysin sauce and chicken broth that goes perfectly with rice. Chicken and Bittergourd stir-fry is ready in just 30 minutes making it an easy and quick weeknight dinner. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Marinating10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese, Filipino
Keyword: bittergourd, chicken, stir-fry
Author: Bebs Lott


  • 2 pcs chicken breast cut in cubes
  • 2 small bitter gourd (ampalaya) seeds removed and cut in strips
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp ginger minced, half for marinating
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch half for marinating
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil half for marinating
  • 2 tbsp garlic minced
  • 3/8 cup water
  • 1 pc chicken broth cube
  • 1 pc red chili cut in small pieces


Marinating the chicken breast

  • In a bowl put the chicken breast cubes and add soy sauce, sugar, 1 tbsp. ginger, cornstarch and oil. Mix well and let sit for 10 minutes.
    marinated chicken breast

Preparing the pre-mixed sauce and thickening sauce

  • In a small bowl, dissolve the chicken cube in 1/4 cup water then add hoisin sauce and mix. (pre_mixed sauce)
    sauce pre mix
  • With the remaining 1/8 cup of water, dissolve the 1 tsp cornstarch and set aside. (thickener)
    sauce for thickening

Cooking the stir-fry.

  • In a wok, heat oil in high temperature. When the oil is hot enough, saute the garlic until fragrant. Then add the chicken breast and stir fry for 5 minutes.
  • When the meat is cooked, transfer in a plate and set aside. Using the same wok. Add a bit more oil if needed and saute the remaining 1 tbsp of ginger.
  • Put in the bitter gourd and stir for 2 minutes. Cover the wok and let simmer for 5 minutes. When the gourd is tender. Pour the pre-mix sauce, stir and simmer again for 5 minutes.
  • Mix the chicken breast with the gourd in the wok and stir for 2 minutes then cover to cook for 8 minutes.
  • Pour the thickening sauce and stir for 3 minutes. VOILA! serve while hot. Bon Appetit!