Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew

A delicious, authentic Chinese Chicken & Potato Stew recipe. This dish is hugely popular in our kitchen.

Le Creuset Dutch Oven full of an authentic Chinese Chicken & Potato Stew recipe.

Greetings, fellow food fans! Today, I bring you Dave’s (Zhengzheng) delicious Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew recipe.

Chinese Chicken Stew Recipe

When Dave visits on college breaks and wants to cook, this dish is at the top of our list. It’s so flavorful and comforting. I know your family will love it too!

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Easy Family Dinner Idea or Dinner Party Recipe

Stew is a wonderful and healthy family meal. It’s extra special in cooler weather. This recipe would also be an excellent one-pot dinner party entree and serves a small group well.

What is the Difference Between Stew and Soup?

Both stew and soup are dishes that contain a mixture of meat or fish and vegetables cooked in liquid.

The main difference between these two hearty meals is the amount of liquid that is used in each. Stew commonly contains less liquid than soup.

Stew combines coarse cuts of meat, fish, and slow-cooked vegetables in a minimum amount of liquid, transforming into a flavorful gravy.

Vegetables such as beans, carrots, mushrooms, onions, peppers, potatoes, and/or tomatoes are commonly used.

What to serve with Chicken and Potato Stew

When serving, stews can stand alone, but they are even more deliciously served over a carb, such as rice, mashed potatoes, polenta, or noodles.

We love to have this Chicken and Potato Stew recipe over rice or cauliflower rice or with Chinese LoMein.

Chicken and Potato Stew Recipe Variations

Play around adding or swapping out the vegetables that you love. We love celery and mushrooms, but carrots and sweet potatoes would be an interesting addition too.

Add hearty fresh herbs such as bay leaves at the beginning of your cooking.

Toss in your more delicate herbs, such as green onions or parsley, towards the end of cooking to hold up and maintain their flavor.

And now, Dave’s delicious authentic Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew recipe is here without further ado. I am so sure that you will LOVE it.

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Le Creuset Dutch Oven full of an authentic Chinese Chicken & Potato Stew recipe.

Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This authentic Chinese Chicken Potato Stew makes a comforting and flavorful dinner! It’s perfect for a family dinner or for entertaining a small group. Enjoy!



23 tablespoon oil

4 star anise, whole

3 dried red chilies, coarsely chopped

3 bay leaves

46 green onions, sliced, reserve 1/4 for garnish

chunk of ginger (18 g or 5/8 oz), coarsely chopped

6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

3 lbs chicken thighs, boneless & skinless, cubed

6 tablespoons light soy sauce

3/4 tablespoon of dark soy sauce

1 tablespoon Chinese rice cooking wine

1.5 tablespoons Sichuan Style Broad Bean Sauce, recommended

1, 12 oz can light beer, Coors Light or similar, or water

3 potatoes, cut into 3/8 inch chunks

1 package of mushrooms, sliced

1 red onion, coarsely cut

1/2 tsp of sugar

salt, to taste


Prepare all veggies you are using. Coarsely chop red chilies, the (peeled) ginger, and the garlic. Slice the green onion. Peel potatoes and cube, and slice the mushroom and red onion. Cut up the chicken.

Heat Dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add oil. Add the anise, red chilies, and bay leaves. Stir for 1 minute. Remove from pan and discard. Add 3/4 of the green onion, ginger, and garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn. Add in chicken pieces and pan-fry until meat turns white.

Add light soy sauce, dark soy sauce, Chinese rice cooking wine, and Sichuan Style Broad Bean Sauce. Mix and stir for another 1-2 minutes. Add one can of light beer (or substitute water) and bring to a boil.

Next, add the potatoes and mushrooms. Stir to incorporate. Cover and boil potatoes until tender over high heat.

Next, add onions and stir. Cook for another 3-4 mins; add sugar and salt to taste. 

Garnish with the remaining green onions before serving. Serve over steamed rice or cauliflower rice. Enjoy!


Celery optional. Zhengzheng used to add celery (when these pics were taken), but no longer uses it in the recipe.

Broad Bean sauce is available at most Asian grocery stores.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Keywords: Chinese chicken potato stew, Chinese, chicken stew, porridge, potatoes,

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Best Kitchen Tools for Stew

When the weather cools down, there is nothing better than mixing up a big batch of hearty stew, and bonus; you do not need many tools to do it!

Keep reading for our favorite kitchen pots and accessories that we use to make this easy stew recipe.

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Dutch Oven/French Oven

We find the best container for this recipe is a Dutch oven, stockpot, or wok.

Our favorite is my Le Creuset enameled Dutch oven, sometimes referred to as a french oven. It is excellent for making soups and stews, although you can also use it for braising and frying too.

Choose from sooo many gorgeous colors, ranging from the 5-1/2 quart Flame Orange or the Caribbean Blue to the beautiful 7-1/4 quart Indigo Blue!

My Le Creuset Dutch Oven in the photos above is 7-1/4 quart Flame Orange.

These pots are made from heavy cast iron. They heat up smoothly and evenly, making them awesome for cooking.

What sets them apart from regular cast iron is their beautiful enameled finish. The smooth enamel is durable, less likely to stick, and easier to clean than bare cast iron.

This is a favorite kitchen tool for so many people, and I finally discovered why! I use mine all the time.

Firstly, it’s jewelry for your kitchen. I leave mine out on the stove 24/7 to add a punch of color.

Use it on your stove to simmer, sauté, boil or sear, then use it in your oven to bake or broil. Le Creuset pots are beautiful enough to use for serving too. See the Le Creuset styles.

Instant Pot

An instant pot electric pressure cooker makes everything so fast and easy to cook!

Try potatoes, rice, bone broths, soups, or meat. It can serve double duty and substitute for many other appliances.

Today we are using it for the rice instead of our rice cooker.

Stew and Soup Ladles

A flexible silicone ladle is a must because it’s great for serving and allows you to reach every spot of your Dutch oven or pot and get every last drop.

Le Creuset Ladle or highly-rated StarPack Ladle

Wooden spoons or Silicone Spatulas

I’m not sure why I love all of these utensils so much. When you’re cooking in a non-stick pan or pot, wooden spoons, and silicone spatulas won’t scratch or give you the nails on the chalkboard noise. That’s probably why.

They make cooking more enjoyable. Above is a gorgeous wooden utensil spoon set from OXO; find the spoon set here.

OH, and I need this highly-rated spatula set ASAP. Available in 5 colors if you are not into orange like me! Spatula set

MAC Mighty Sharp Knife - perfect for a delicious, authentic Chinese Chicken & Potato Stew recipe.

The Best Cooking Knives

Everyone who cooks needs a good quality knife, plus a method to keep it sharp.

A good knife will serve you well for years. According to Food and Wine magazine, here are links to some of the best kitchen knivesmore knives, and other knife styles.

Knife Sharpeners

A sharp knife makes cooking life better. It will cut, chop, and slice so easily and quickly that you will actually enjoy the process.

Be sure to sharpen it often if you use your knife every day.

More highly rated products from Food and Wine, the best manual knife sharpener, and the best value knife sharpener.

Let me know if you make it in the comment box below if you make this recipe.

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15 comments on “Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew

  1. As a fortunate recipient of the ZhengZheng crafted stew, I can say that the savory and flavorful blend of unique spices takes me to a familiar yet exotic place. This dish is reminiscent of a great American comfort stew with some mild zest.
    If you’d like a hearty, filling, and delicious meal, try this great recipe!

      1. Tried the Chinese Chicken and Potato Stew tonight and it was delicious! Perfect pairing with lo mein noodles, great friends, and wine. The ginger enhances all the unique flavors and brings your taste buds alive!

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