Restaurant-Style Chinese Barbeque Chicken

Restaurant-Style Chinese Barbeque Chicken

This dish was surprisingly good the first time I tried it; crispy deep fried chicken slathered in barbeque sauce and topped with tempura style onion rings. Being a fan of onion rings, this was an automatic win for me.

Since then, I've replicated it at home somewhat successfully I think. I'm not sure you will find this version in the US but if you don't mind the extra work deep frying the chicken and onion rings, you just might be able to impress your guests and show them something new.

Go for your favorite brand of BBQ sauce and you can't go wrong.

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size cubes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, cut into rings
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup preferred BBQ sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Onion rings batter:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Coat chicken pieces in cornstarch, shaking off any excess
  2. Over medium high heat, heat up deep-frying oil and wait until it is hot to prevent sticking
  3. Deep fry chicken pieces in batches until golden brown and drain on paper towels
  4. Mix onion rings batter thoroughly until there are no lumps. Coat onion rings in batter
  5. Lower the head to medium and deep fry onion rings until golden brown. Drain on paper towels
  6. In a wok over medium high heat, saute garlic until fragrant
  7. Toss in deep fried chicken and stir-fry for a minute
  8. Pour in BBQ sauce and stir to coat. Deglaze if needed
  9. Season with salt and pepper
  10. Dish and top with onion rings and serve hot

Another way to make your onions rings is to dip them in beaten egg and then coat them in breadcrumbs. Either way works depending on your taste preference.

Restaurant-Style Chinese Barbeque Chicken


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I've been cooking for 14 years now since evolving from human-that-can-make-instant-noodles to 'Look Ma! I can cook!' I cannot overstate how much I love food. Some of the recipes you'll find here are from my mother or interpreted recipes from my dining experience. Others are sampled from recipe books and blogs and altered to my tastes, and some are just plain happy accidents in the kitchen.