Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cambodian Ginger Chicken

My favorite dish growing up is one from my parents' homeland of Cambodia that translates to Ginger Stir-fry but we'll call it Ginger Chicken here. It's a typical dish enjoyed by many if not all Cambodian families; AJ and I have had it time and time again with Cambodian families and friends in the States and Cambodia. Just as meat and potatoes are comfort food for many Americans, ginger chicken is comfort food for many of us Cambodians. It may not sound super appealing or exciting for some as the thought of a bite into snappy ginger is foreign, but trust me, if you were to try ginger for the first time, Ginger Chicken is the way to go. If you're ready for an adventure into a slightly spicy, savory, and sweet dish that is bound to fill your home of aromatic and gastronomic goodness, try this ginger chicken. It's simply amazing. Let me know how it goes!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound boneless chicken (your choice of white or dark meat)
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (can add little by little throughout cooking)
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed and then minced
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, matchstick sized pieces of ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 large onion, julienned
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), stemmed, seeded and cut into thin strips


1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken, fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and palm sugar and cook until the outside of the chicken is no longer pink.
2. Stir in the onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender crisp and the chicken is cooked through. Feel free to adjust the spices as you go.
3. Serve with rice and you're ready to go!


  1. Sounds delicious! I'll definitely try making that!

    1. Yes! And let me know what you think! Welcome back to the states. Bittersweet, isn't it?

  2. Love ginger. Will have to try this!