Moo Goo Gai Pan

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Delicious Moo Goo Gai Pan recipe that tastes like it came straight from the restaurant. It is filled with chicken, snow peas, broccoli and mushrooms and is covered in a delicious Asian sauce.

You know how much I love Chinese food! This stir-fry style dish is a lot more mild than some of our spicier asian chicken recipes—like Kung Pao Chicken, or General Tso Chicken—but it’s just as tasty!!

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What is Moo Goo Gai Pan?

Moo Goo Gai Pan. Such a funny name but one I have always remembered because it’s one of my mom’s favorite recipes to enjoy whenever we go out for Asian food. So, what is Moo Goo Gai Pan?

Moo goo gai pan is the Americanized version of a Cantonese dish, usually a simple stir-fried dish consisting of sliced or cubed chicken with white button mushrooms and other vegetables.

Does it sound familiar at all? We tried making it to share on the blog and LOVED it. I admit I’m not a huge fan of mushrooms and may have picked around them, but the sauce, chicken, broccoli, and snow peas were all amazing and so flavorful. Yes, we could have omitted the mushrooms, but felt like it’s really not Moo Goo Gai Pan without them. 😉

Moo goo gai pan ingredients in pan

simple ingredients!

These are the typical ingredient used in making Moo Goo Gai Pan:

  • fresh mushrooms
  • straw mushrooms
  • broccoli florets
  • snow peas
  • bamboo shoots (optional)
  • water chestnuts

As with most dishes, this can be customized to your liking so adding or omitting veggies is totally up to you! It’s great on it’s own or is also great served with rice or noodles. No matter how you have it, we think it will be enjoyed!

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How to Make Moo Goo Gai Pan

It’s easier than you think! Just follow these steps to make this delicious recipe…

COOK VEGGIES. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat until it begins to smoke. Stir in the fresh mushrooms, broccoli, water chestnuts, snow peas, and straw mushrooms.

Cook and stir veggies for about 5 minutes. Remove veggies from the wok, and set aside. Clean off the wok/skillet.

COOK CHICKEN. Heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable in the wok until it begins to smoke. Stir in the garlic, and cook for a few seconds until it turns golden-brown. Add the chicken, and cook for about 5 minutes or until there is no pink in the center of the chicken.

MAKE SAUCE. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar and chicken broth. Pour over the chicken, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for about 30 seconds until the sauce thickens and is no longer cloudy.

MIX + TOSS. Return the vegetables to the wok/skillet, and toss with the sauce until all coated. Serve immediately.

Moo goo gai pan chicken in pan

Additional Tips + TRICKS

To get perfectly cooked chicken in this dish, try these tips:

  • Keep your stir-fry pan consistently hot and do not overcook the chicken.
  • Getting evenly thin sliced chicken: Freeze the chicken breast for 20 minutes or until firm but not frozen. Remove from freezer and cut against the grain into even strips.

STORE/REHEAT. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

To retain the best flavor and texture you’ll want to reheat on the stove top. Put 1 tsp of oil in a stir fry pan, dump in leftover moo goo gai, stir while heating, remove when it reaches the desired temperature.

If you’re in a hurry you can also reheat in the microwave. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring between, until hot.

MAKE AHEAD. This is also a great dish to make ahead and store for lunches through out the week. We will make a batch and put in different tupperware containers to enjoy over the next few days for a quick lunch.

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what to serve with moo goo gai pan?

There are so many great dishes that pair well with Moo Goo Gai Pan. Depending on what you’re feeling like, you can choose any of these favorites:

Moo Goo Gai Pan Recipe

5 from 7 votes

Moo Goo Gai Pan - one of our favorite dishes that is filled with flavorful chicken, broccoli, snow peas and more.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 154 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 1 8 oz. can sliced water chestnuts drained
  • 1 15 oz can whole straw mushrooms drained
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat until it begins to smoke. Stir in the fresh mushrooms, broccoli, water chestnuts, snow peas, and straw mushrooms.

  2. Cook and stir veggies for about 5 minutes. Remove veggies from the wok, and set aside. Clean off the wok/skillet.


  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of vegetable in the wok until it begins to smoke. Stir in the garlic, and cook for a few seconds until it turns golden-brown. Add the chicken, and cook for about 5 minutes or until there is no pink in the center of the chicken.

  4. In a small bowl, stir together cornstarch, sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar and chicken broth. Pour over the chicken, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for about 30 seconds until the sauce thickens and is no longer cloudy. 

  5. Return the vegetables to the wok/skillet, and toss with the sauce until all coated. Serve immediately and ENJOY!

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Delicious Moo Goo Gai Pan recipe - chicken, snow peas, broccoli and mushrooms covered in a delicious Asian sauce.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. This dish has all my favorite ingredieNts. I love chinese food because its always loAded with vegetables and this dish taste pretty authentic!

  2. My wife and i sTumbled across your page today and we love CHINESE so we went for it and iM so glad we did! Its nice to know we WEREN’T eating all that msg like in takeout!! Thanks TIMES A MILLION for this recipe 🙂