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Ginger Chicken & Yams Recipe

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Yams, ginger, chicken, and red onions are quickly sauteed and cooked with a homemade sweet and sour Oriental sauce.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons olive or salad oil
  • 1 pound yams, peeled and cut into matchstick-size pieces
  • 1 small red onion, cut into eighths, layers separated
  • 1 pound boned and skinned chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup minced green onions
  • .
  • Cooking Sauce:
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons dry sherry
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch


In a 10- to 12-inch frying pan or wok over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon oil, yam sticks, and red onions. Stirring often, cook vegetables until just tender to bite, about 5 minutes. Spoon onto a platter; loosely cover, and keep warm.

Turn heat to high and add remaining tablespoon of oil to pan. When hot, add chicken and ginger. Stir-fry chicken until no longer pink in center (cut to test), about 4 minutes.

Add vegetables, soy sauce, sherry, water, brown sugar, and cornstarch. Stir until the sauce boils. Add green onion and return mixture to platter.

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe Source: Sunset Recipe Annual 1990 (Sunset Publishing)
Reprinted with permission.

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Recipe from the Past, Member bakerjian

This is an unusual but good recipe that I used to make years ago, probably in the 90's. I lost the recipe and have been looking for it. Glad to have found it.

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