I used to HATE ginger as a kid.  Whenever my Mom would make this dish, I’d get so mad eating it, especially if I accidentally bit into a large piece of ginger.  Argh.

Obviously, I didn’t know any better as a child.  Once I got older and wider (not wiser), I learned to love it.  Just like bitter melon and eggplant (hated it as a child), it grew on me.   My taste buds needed time to mature in order to appreciate it.  I love it all now.

Caramelized ginger chicken (gà kho gừng) is better with bone-in chopped chicken; that’s how my Mom used to make it.  I was in a hurry, so I just used a half boneless chicken breast I already had in the freezer.  It still hit the spot, but I’d definitely recommend trying this with chopped pieces of bone-in chicken.

Ingredients (serves 2):
1/2 boneless chicken breast (cubed)
1/4 cup ginger (thin julienne slices)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp red chili flakes (optional)
1 tbs sugar
t tbs fish sauce
1 cup water

1)  Wash & cut the chicken breast into cubes.  In a mixing bowl, add salt, pepper, garlic powder, and ginger over the chicken & mix it all up.
Caramelized Ginger Chicken Breast

2)  Place a pan over high heat, and give it a minute to get hot.  Add the tbs of sugar and let it melt/brown.  Be careful; don’t let it burn.  Once it melts/browns, turn the heat down to medium, and add the chicken.
Caramelizing Sugar
Caramelized Ginger & Chicken

3) Once you brown the chicken with sugar, add the fish sauce.  Stir it around for a couple of minutes so it soaks up the flavor.  Open up the windows because this part (though I love it because it reminds me of my Mom’s home cooking) can smell pretty funky.
Caramelizing Chicken

3)  Turn the heat back up high, add water, and bring it to a boil.  Add chili flakes at this point if you want it to have a slight kick.
Caramelized Chicken (Ga Kho)
Caramelized Chicken

4)  After the water reduces to about half the amount you poured in, turn the heat down to simmer.  Let it simmer until the water reduces to about a quarter of the original amount.
Caramelized Chicken With Ginger

Turn off the heat, and top it with fresh cracked pepper.  Serve it with sliced cucumbers over steamed rice.
Caramelized Ginger Chicken

I love you, Mommy!

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