What’s in Moo Shu Chicken? (Mu Shu Chicken Recipe)

If you are wanting to find out what’s in Moo Shu Chicken, and you would like a delicious Mu Shu Chicken Recipe as well then you will want to read on.

Moo Shu Chicken is a fantastic dish which contains the following ingredients:

  • Thinly Sliced Chicken Breast
  • Chopped Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Soy Sauce
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Honey
  • Vegetable or Groundnut Oil (Peanut Oil)
  • Cabbage
  • Ginger
  • Cornflour (Cornstarch)
  • Salt & White Pepper To Taste

Like many great dishes there are some variations, but I will try to make sure this recipe is as authentic as possible. Depending on which part of the world you are in the spelling of this dish will vary (Moo Shu or Mu Shu) but the dish should still be essentially the same, or at least very similar.

Moo Shu Chicken Nutrition

Assuming you are not including pancakes 1 cup (148g) Moo Shu Chicken contains 18g Protein, 9.7g Total Carbohydrates, with a Total Fat of18g. The amount of Total Calories is 273.

Is Moo Shu Chicken Spicy?

Moo Shu Chicken does not contain any chilli so it is not spicy as such. It does however contain freshly sliced ginger which has a certain kind of kick which is different to chilli but still produces some warmth on the tongue and mouth.

What Does Moo Shu Chicken Taste Like?

Due to the dish being cooked with ginger, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, chicken and cabbage the dish tastes salty, sweet and mildly spicy on the tongue with an overall pleasing vegetable and chicken-like texture.

Mu Shu Chicken Recipe

Mu Shu Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 pound of chicken breasts thinly sliced
  • 2 beaten large eggs
  • 250g or 1 cup of sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 750g or 3 cups of sliced green cabbage
  • 2 teaspoons of peeled and grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame oil for frying
  • 2 teaspoons of cornflour (cornstarch)
  • thinly sliced scallions to garnish


Marinade the sliced chicken in a bowl or ziplock bag for around 15 minutes in the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, cornflour and a little water and sesame oil.

Cook the eggs in a pan with some vegetable oil, canola oil or groundnut oil (peanut oil) until just beginning to set. Use a spoon to break the egg up into pieces and then add the chicken marinade, mushrooms and cabbage.

Fry the chicken marinade in your wok or pan at high heat until the chicken is 165F or 74C. Mix thoroughly to combine.

Serve with steamed rice or in bought or homemade pancakes (see below) garnished with thinly sliced fresh scallions.

What is Moo Shu Chicken with Pancakes?

Moo Shu Chicken can be served with pancakes or steamed rice. To make the pancakes you’ll need to use the following ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour (plain flour)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 of a cup of boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil or groundnut oil

Combine the ingredients in a bowl, stir and allow to cool. Once cool roll into a cylinder and cut into equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a circular shape and then cook each piece of dough in a medium hot pan until light browned on both sides. Check the Instagram video below to help – it’s for pancakes for duck but the pancakes are the same for both.

Moo Shu Chicken With Pancakes Recipe Video

Try this link for another great recipe for Moo Shu Chicken.

If you enjoyed this post try our recipe for authentic chow mein chicken, or our ever popular mei fun noodles recipe post.

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