Velveting Chicken Breasts

July 29, 2020

Have you ever wondered how Chinese stir fry dishes like kung pao and lemon chicken are always so tender? Velveting is an Asian marinating process for leaner cuts like chicken breasts that lock in moisture and juices throughout your cooking. If timing is not your forte, this marinade is the perfect guarantee for tender chicken regardless of an extra 1 minute on the pan or not. 



  1. Slice your chicken breasts into strips or cubes and in a bowl, stir together the egg white and cornstarch/flour.
  2. Combine the chicken and egg-white mixture in a sealable container and mix until the chicken is fully coated
  3. Cover the container and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
  4. Proceed as usual with your chosen recipe!

After velveting the chicken, you can stir fry, deep fry, boil or bake…anything you would do with your normal chicken breasts! This new tenderizing technique would be amazing to try with our paleo chicken tender recipe here – tenders are always tricky to make without drying them out but with this tip, we can’t think of a reason not to try it out! 

Sign up today with NIKU Farms and customize your first box with pasture-raised chicken breasts to try this new trick!