Mati Jiding

Spicy Chicken with Fresh Water Chestnuts

Preparation info
  • Serves


    as palt of a Chinese meal, or 2 as a Single Dish.
    • Difficulty


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By Ken Hom

Published 1990

  • About

Famished one day while on a train trip from Hangzhou to Suzhou, I had to risk the dining car’s offerings. To my surprise, I savorer a dish of bits of chicken and water chestnuts in a spicy, very pleasing sauce. It is easy to make, as befits a dining car specialty, and I was delighted to acquire a new recipe from my train ride.


  • 225 g/8 oz boneless chicken breast, skinned
  • 1 egg white


Cut the chicken into 12-mm/½-in dice. Combine it with the egg white, salt, and cornflour in a small bowl and put the mixture into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

If you are using fresh water chestnuts, peel them. If you are using