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A flavorful recipe for Fiery Burmese Chicken (or tofu) and veggies based on our visit to Burma Superstar Restaurant in SF. Simple and incredibly delicious!

Fiery Burmese Chicken and Green Beans

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Chicken, main,
  • Method: Stir fry, Wok
  • Cuisine: Burmese


Fiery Burmese Chicken ( or Tofu)  and Veggies- a fast, full-flavored, Burmese style stir-fry that can be made in 20 minutes. Vegan and Gluten-free adaptable, this meal is low in carbs.


  • 1012 ounces chicken breast (boneless, skinless) or sub tofu, cubed and patted dry.
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon Chinese Five Spice (do not leave this out -see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon oil for searing (peanut, coconut or  high temp”wok” oil)

Stir Fry Sauce:

Stir Fry Veggies:

  • 6 ounces fresh green beans, haricot verts, snap peas or asparagus
  • 1 red or yellow bell pepper, sliced into ½ inch wide strips
  • ½ an onion, sliced into ½ inch wide strips
  • 3 fat garlic cloves, rough chopped
  • 510 dried thai chilies– optional but good! (you won’t eat these, just for flavor)
  • 1012 Thai Basil leaves ( torn) or use regular basil if in a pinch

Optional Garnish: Roasted peanuts, shrimp powder, scallions

Serve over rice, or just on its own.


Pat dry chicken breast  and slice at a diagonal into thin  ¼-⅓ inch thick slices, then cut in half. See photo.

Place in a wide shallow bowl and sprinkle with cornstarch, salt, pepper and Chinese 5 Spice. Toss to coat well and set aside.

Make the Stir fry sauce by placing all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together with a fork.

Slice onion, bell pepper and rough chop the garlic.

Gather everything near the stove. Turn your stove fan on high and open a window or door. Heat the oil in a wok or extra large cast iron skillet over medium high heat, until it’s smoking. Sear the chicken in two batches, using tongs to brown each side, then set aside on a paper towel-lined plate ( you will cook it through later).

Add the green beans, peppers and onion to the wok and dry fry over med high heat ( wok will smoke). Keep stirring often until the green beans soften slightly and begin to char in places, about 4-5 minutes. These charred bits add a lot flavor, so make sure you are patient and allow them to char a little. Make a well in the center of the veggies, and add the garlic and hot chilies and a tiny splash of oil. Stir fry 1-2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant. Add the chicken back into the wok and pour in the sauce.  Turn heat down to med low and stir to incorporate- let this simmer for a few minutes, stirring until chicken is cooked through, 2-3 minutes.

At this point, if you feel like chicken needs to continue cooking but the wok seems dry, add a splash of water or more chinese cooking wine, until chicken is cooked through. (Cutting it thin will ensure it cooks quickly.) Taste. Add chili paste for more heat, or a pinch more salt if you like. Add the Thai basil right at the end.

Divide among bowls over rice if you like, or on its own.  Feel free to add roasted peanuts or crispy shallots for texture. Serve with chopsticks.


If using tofu, cut into ¾ inch cubes. Toss with the corn starch, salt, pepper and 5 Spice. Sear until golden and crispy. Set it aside and follow the rest of the the recipe. Add it back in at the end.

You could also make this with shrimp, same preparation.

To make your own Chinese 5 spice, go here.

Keywords: Burmese chicken, Burmese food, burmese chicken curry, burmese stir fry,