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Chicken sautéed with garlic chives

Chicken sautéed with garlic chives

Try this simple and delicious Japanese chicken recipe cooked with garlic chives and carrot in just ten minutes. This versatile dish is flavored with soy sauce, sake, oyster sauce, and tobanjan, and can be served with steaming white rice. Substitute with pork or beef, and garlic shoots or scallions for a different variation. Add extra tobanjan or black bean sauce for more flavor. Enjoy this quick and easy meal.

Quick Chicken Stir-Fry with Garlic Chives and Carrots


  • About 1 pound of boneless dark meat chicken (or white meat), cut into bite-size chunks
  • A bunch of garlic chives (nira), trimmed and cut
  • 1 small carrot, shaved or thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tobanjan (spicy fermented bean paste)
  • 1 teaspoon katakuriko (potato starch)
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil


  1. Prepare the Sauce: In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, sake, oyster sauce, and tobanjan.

  2. Prepare the Starch Mixture: In another small bowl, combine katakuriko and water.

  3. Cook the Chicken: Preheat a skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat. Add roasted sesame oil. Once hot, add the chicken and sauté for a few minutes until it changes color.

  4. Add Vegetables: Add the carrot to the skillet and continue sautéing. Then add the garlic chives and cook until they turn bright green.

  5. Add Sauces and Thicken: Pour in the flavoring mixture and sauté for another 30 seconds. Then add the starch mixture, mix well, and turn off the heat.

  6. Serve: Serve the stir-fry hot with a side of steaming white rice.


  • Substitute thin-sliced pork or beef for the chicken.
  • Use garlic shoots or scallions instead of garlic chives.
  • Adjust the tobanjan for spiciness or add black bean sauce for a different flavor.

Enjoy this quick and delicious stir-fry dish, perfect for a busy night!