Healthy Chicken San Choy Bow Recipe

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We’re back with another installment of healthy easy to make recipes. Today on the agenda; San Choy bow! A personal favourite, a delicious blend of fresh Asian ingredients, with minimal carbohydrates – perfect for low-carb season. If you’re new to the blog, feel free to try any of our low fat/low carbohydrate recipes including Easy Protein Pancakes and Low Fat Vanilla Cheesecake amongst many others. Eradicate the need to indulge on cheat meals, try what we have to offer and ENJOY your diet.

– 500g chicken mince
– 4 shallots, sliced
– 4 iceberg lettuce cups
– 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
– 2 tables spoons Chinese rice wine
– 1 celery stick, diced
– 2 cloves garlic, diced
– 2 teaspoons sesame oil
– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
– 1 tablespoon grated ginger
– 4 mushrooms, diced
– 1 tablespoon chilli sauce
– 1 small onion
– 1 teaspoon cornflour

1 – Heat sesame and vegetable oil in a frying pan over a medium heat – ensure it is not too high to avoid burning the upcoming ingredients. Add garlic, onion and ginger to the oil, stir for 30 seconds until colour has developed.
2 – Add chicken mince, shallots, celery and mushrooms. Stir till chicken has cooked entirely (3-4 minutes).
3 – Add oyster sauce, rice wine, chilli sauce and cornflour – coat ingredients thoroughly and fry till excess liquid evaporates and the mixture begins to thicken.
4 – Serve in iceberg cups accompanied by other condiments if you so wish.

Key Tip: Iceberg lettuce leaves are best served having been left in ice water prior to placing mixture into the cups. This enables them to remain fresh and vibrant in colour during plating.


Serves – 2-4
Prep Time – 5 mins
Cooking Time – 10 mins
190 calories per serve

This is a perfectly balanced, delicious lunch time or dinner recipe – it consists of a solid macro-nutrient profile and will settle those late night cravings in a healthy manner. San Choy Bow, often referred to as the Chinese hamburger promotes rich full flavours and is incredibly easy to create from the comfort of your own home.

As always, there’s plenty of variations of this recipe out there. You could quite easily add soy sauce for an extra hit of flavour, bean sprouts, sesame seeds and noodles within the mixture. Authentic San Choy Boy includes serving the dish in an iceberg lettuce cup as we’ve mentioned, however, it could be combined with brown rice (I quite frequently find myself doing this to create a more filling meal) if you require an increase in carbohydrates.

If you’re looking to pump up the fat content a little, try a beef, pork or lamb mince as opposed to chicken. You could easily incorporate cashews, chestnuts or almonds into this recipe as well. For those interested, the inclusion of chicken was a recommendation to keep overall fat to a minimum – however, a very lean beef mince mix could do the job just as well.

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  1. Just needs a few more mushrooms and this would be great… (of course I would say that…)

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