Egg Foo Young is a light and fluffy Chinese egg pancake packed with veggies and topped with a savory gravy… No deep frying required! Pour the leftover sauce on a steamy bed of white rice and dig in!

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Chicken Egg Foo Young Recipe

Got leftover cooked chicken and a few eggs in the fridge?

How about making the most delicious and fluffy homemade egg foo young! It has all the classic Chinese flavors we all love so much. Seriously, it’s addictive – and way better than takeout!

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What is egg foo young?

Egg foo young is a Chinese Indonesian omelet, normally prepared with mixed vegetables and poultry or ham.  The omelet-style pancakes are served topped with a brown gravy or sweet and sour sauce.

The origin of egg foo young comes from the Canton side of mainland China. The original version is called fu yung egg slices and is mainly found in Guangdon province

It’s also a popular dish in Chinese American cuisine that can be found in most menus across the country. You may have seen it on restaurant menus phonetically spelled egg foo yung, egg fu yung or egg fu young.

Now, the classic cooking method is to deep fry the omelet pancakes. This yields a super light-weight texture. But since I’m generally petrified of deep frying stuff, I typically opt for pan frying with less oil.

It comes out lighter – and it’s just as delicious! In my book I consider that a win / win 🙂

The entire process is pretty much the same as making a regular pancake or frittata. Throw the veggies in with the eggs and pan fry until the pancakes smell so good your neighbors are calling to invite themselves to dinner!

You’re left with fluffy egg pancakes accompanied by a sour, savory and gooey brown sauce made with stock, soy sauce and vinegar.

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Egg Foo Young Ingredients

  • Eggs: Yep. Obviously. You’ll beat a half dozen in a bowl just as you would for an omelette or frittata.
  • Chicken Broth: This will be mixed in with the eggy mixture to thin it out, while adding a fantastic savory element.
  • Shiitake Mushrooms: Sliced into thin strips, shiitake mushrooms deliver umami to this Chinese omelette.
  • Bean Sprouts: Fresh bean sprouts have a crunch like no other!
  • Red Bell Pepper: For a fiery burst of color and an understated sweet pop of freshness.
  • Scallions: Fresh sliced green onions impart a summery garden essence.
  • Cooked Chicken: Use finely chopped leftover chicken – or the protein of your choice.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic delivers a funky base of flavor.
  • Vegetable Oil: Any neutral oil will work for this egg foo young recipe.
  • Gravy: I make mine fresh from a mixture of chicken broth, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil and a slurry of cornstarch and water

The egg foo young pancakes are delicious by themselves or with a splash of soy sauce (or hot sauce – scrumptious!) – but taste best with a good spoonful of gooey Chinese brown gravy.

Now you can buy premixed Chinese brown gravy online or at an Asian supermarket – but you can easily make it at home as well.

A bit of cornstarch gives it a sticky, addictive texture. And the tang of the vinegar peeks through just enough to compliment the savory and umami combination of the other ingredients.

How to make egg foo young

  1. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add chicken broth, mushrooms, bean sprouts, bell peppers, scallions, chicken and garlic. Stir until all the ingredients are evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Make the foo young sauce: Put all the ingredients for the sauce in a small pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and set aside.
  3. Cook the foo young pancakes: In a pan over medium high heat, add vegetable oil. Using a ladle, pour small amounts of egg mixture into the pan and make 2-4 little pancakes at a time. Cook on both sides for 2-3, until slightly brown, and transfer two pancakes per plate. Work in batches until all the mixture has been used.
  4. Quickly warm up the sauce and pour over pancakes. Top with scallions and serve immediately.

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can use the protein and veggies of your choice.

And while it’s not quite an ingredient-clearinghouse recipe like an all purpose crisper-emptying vegetable stir fry, there is still the notion that you can totally use it if you’ve got it!

The key to making egg foo young is to chop your veggies and chicken thin enough that they will cook in the time it takes the eggs to firm up in the pan.

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How to store leftovers

You can make the chicken egg foo young pancakes ahead of time and keep them refrigerated for up to 3 days. As long as the eggy disks are covered, they’ll be fine in the fridge.

The gravy, however, is another story (more on that in a sec).

How to reheat egg foo young?

I like to reheat leftover egg foo young in a frying pan on low heat with a little oil. Keep the heat low so the insides will get a chance to warm up without scorching the outsides.

Or a spin in the microwave will do the trick in a pinch.

Now I recommend making the gravy the day of eating – simply because the gooeyness won’t last for more than a couple of hours. That’s the bummer about using cornstarch – it turns thick sauces back into thin-liquid form pretty quickly.

You can add more cornstarch to a liquified gravy to try and coax back the gooeyness, but I find this technique unreliable (sometimes it works and sometimes it just doesn’t).

If you’re cooking a big meal for a group, simply make the egg foo young pancakes ahead of time – and whip up the gravy a la minute for a bit of time-savings in the kitchen!

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The perfect takeout fakeout

I love it when I can whip up a healthier version of a Chinese delivery favorite at home for a fraction of the price – and keep all of the flavors intact.

You might just say that this egg foo young recipe is the perfect takeout fakeout!

It’s a dish that’s kid friendly too; there’s nothing too complex or unfamiliar about this chicken egg foo young recipe. If your kids are used to eating Chinese American food, they will absolutely love this 🙂

What’s your favorite takeout classic that you make at home? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Happy cooking!

Serve this delicious chicken egg foo young recipe with other easy Chinese recipes such as:

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Chicken Egg Foo Young Recipe

No deep frying is required to make this yummy chicken egg foo young recipe! Healthy, light and fluffy egg pancakes packed with veggies and topped with the tastiest gooey gravy.

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 small pancakes 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Pan frying
  • Cuisine: Chinese
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Ingredients

Foo young pancakes:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 ounces shiitake mushrooms (sliced in to thin strips)
  • 1/4 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/4 red bell pepper (sliced into thin strips)
  • 1 stalk scallion (finely chopped)
  • 2 ounces cooked chicken (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Foo young sauce:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Topping:

  • 1 scallion (finely chopped)

Instructions

  1. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add chicken broth, mushrooms, bean sprouts, bell peppers, scallions, chicken and garlic. Stir until all the ingredients are evenly coated. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Making the foo young sauce: Put all the ingredients for the sauce in a small pot and bring to a boil. Turn the heat to low and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn the heat off and set aside.
  3. Cooking the foo young pancakes: In a pan over medium high heat, add vegetable oil. Using a ladle, pour small amounts of egg mixture into the pan and make 2-4 little pancakes at a time. Cook on both sides for 2-3, until slightly brown, and transfer two pancakes per plate. Work in batches until all the mixture has been used.
  4. Quickly warm up the sauce and pour over pancakes. Top with scallions and serve immediately.

Notes

Keep the sauce and pancakes separate if you decide to save some for later. When reheating, microwave pancakes for 30-45 seconds. For the sauce, reheat in a pot along with 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water to bring back the gooey texture.

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