Chicken in Lychee sauce is a Chinese favorite; lychees are normally added with several recipes during the season. Lychees are regularly used to provide a different taste and texture in several popular recipes. The Lychees with chicken are an unusual but a captivating combination. If you have a little inclination towards Chinese style gravies, you will like the Chicken Lychee dish. You can try more fruits and meat combinations. You can use fresh lychees during the season or use canned packed during offseason.


Ingredients: Chicken in Lychee Sauce

Chicken breast skinned, 500 g

Cornflour, 3 tbsp

Vegetable oil, 3 tbsp

Chicken stock cube, 1

Onion, thinly sliced, 1

Tomato ketchup, 2 tbsp

Soy sauce, 2 tbsp

Boiling water, 2 tbsp

Large tomatoes, skinned and chopped, 2

Can lychees, 312 g

Spring onion, chopped, 2 tbsp

Lemon Juice, 2 tbsp

Black pepper, freshly chopped, to taste


Preparation Method:

Chicken in Lychee Sauce

Cut away the bones from the chicken with a sharp knife and remove fat if any. Cut the chicken into ½ cubes.

Put in the cornflour into a polythene bag then add the chicken cubes and shake until well coated.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the onion and fry gently for 5 minutes until soft and lightly colored.

Raise the heat, add the chicken and fry about 5 minutes, turning frequently until lightly browned from all the sides. Remove the frying pan from the heat.

Now dissolve the chicken stock cube in a bowl with the boiling water. Stir in the tomato ketchup and soy sauce then stir this mixture into the chicken together with the quartered lychees and the syrup, tomatoes and half the spring onion. Mix well.

Return to the heat, bring to the boil then simmer for 1 minute, keep stirring constantly. Cover with a lid or foil and simmer gently for a further 5 minutes or until the chicken is tender and cooked thoroughly. Stir in the lemon juice and black pepper as per your taste then move to a lukewarm serving dish. Add the remaining spring onion.   Serve straight away.


Cook’s Notes

Chicken in Lychee Sauce



40 minutes to prepare and cook


Serving Ideas

Chicken in Lychee Sauce

Serve with fresh peas and fried, boiled Chinese noodles or Indian nans.



Chicken in Lychee Sauce

Used a diced pepper instead of tomatoes

325 calories per portion