Velveting chicken is a simple Chinese cooking technique that helps keep chicken meat from overcooking and becoming tough. Chicken cubes are marinated in an egg white and cornstarch mixture, and then partially cooked in hot oil until they turn white. This gives the chicken has a smooth, “velvety” texture. Here are simple instructions showing How to Velvet Chicken
Ready to give it a try? In this recipe for Broccoli Chicken
, chicken breasts are velveted, then combined with broccoli for a final stir-frying in an oyster-flavored sauce.
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