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How to Make Chop Suey With Chicken Skin: A Chinese-Inspired Dish

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How to make chop suey, a Chinese-inspired dish.

How to make chop suey, a Chinese-inspired dish.

Chop suey is a famous Chinese dish that is typically made with meat and vegetables. Variations of this dish are offered in different regions. Some add quail eggs, while others use seafood (such shrimp and squid) as an alternative to meat.

I like to make chop suey using chicken skin. It's affordable, easy to prepare and delicious!

Cook Time

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20 min

30 min

50 min

4 servings

The ingredients for the chop suey.

The ingredients for the chop suey.


  • 300 grams chicken skin
  • 150 grams bell pepper, sliced
  • 150 grams chayote, sliced
  • 150 grams cabbage, shredded
  • 150 grams carrots, sliced
  • 100 grams green beans, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/3 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/8 cup fish sauce
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • cooking oil, any kind


For Preparation:

  • 3 small bowls
  • 5 medium bowls
  • 2 large bowls
  • 1 small plate
  • chopping board
  • knife

For Cooking:

  • sauteing pan
  • frying pan
  • ladle
  • strainer


  1. Season chicken skin with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan.
  3. Fry chicken skin until golden brown. Set aside.
  4. Heat oil in a sauteing pan.
  5. Saute onion and garlic.
  6. Add 4 cups of water, oyster sauce, and fish sauce. Bring to a boil.
  7. Once boiling, add chayote. Cook until slightly tender.
  8. Immediately add carrots, green beans, and bell pepper.
  9. Dilute cornstarch into the remaining cup of water. Pour into the pan. Bring it to a boil again.
  10. Add the cooked chicken skin. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Turn off the heat. Stir in the cabbage. Let the remaining heat cook it for at least 1 minute.

Tips and Techniques

  • Try using other types of meat, such as beef, pork, or chicken.
  • Make a seafood variation of this recipe by adding shrimp, squid, crab or any type of fish.
  • Add boiled quail eggs to make it fancier.
  • Use squid balls, chicken balls, kikiam or similar food items as a meat alternative.
  • Include other vegetables, such as potato, sweet peas, young corn, etc.
  • Allow the sauce to boil before adding the vegetables in order to lessen the cooking time.
  • Turning off the heat before adding the cabbage will keep it from overcooking. Cover the pot and allow the steam to cook it.
Chop suey with chicken skin, ready to serve.

Chop suey with chicken skin, ready to serve.

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