Want to enjoy that leftover chicken for breakfast? Try this easy chicken egg foo young is a recipe. This Chinese omelette dish is made with only 5 basic ingredients. You can also top it off with a simple 4-ingredient gravy as well!
One of my favorite Chinese takeout dishes is Chicken Egg Foo Young with gravy. And if it weren’t for the starch filled sauce, I’d probably still order it when the family orders from a local Chinese restaurant. But since moving to low carb, I’ve learned how to make it keto friendly.
You may have seen the name of the dish spelled various ways including egg foo yung, egg fu yung, egg fu young, egg foo yong, and egg foo young. However, the egg foo young spelling seems to be the most common.
Why you'll love it
Egg foo young is an Asian dish consisting of eggs used as the binder for pan-fried meat and or vegetables. Although you can serve the dish at any meal, it's usually served in the morning for breakfast or in the evening as a main course for dinner.
This low-carb chicken egg foo young recipe is the perfect way to cut carbs without sacrificing flavor. With this keto-friendly recipe, you can enjoy the popular Chinese American omelette without the unwanted starch.
Each serving has just 3 grams of net carbs after subtracting 1 gram of dietary fiber. Plus, it only takes 30 minutes to make!
Egg Foo Young Ingredients
There are two parts to this recipe - the omelette itself and the sauce.
For the omelettes, you'll need eggs. cooked meat and vegetables. You can leave out the meat for a a vegetarian version.
When it comes to making egg foo young, the choice for fillings are endless. The dish is a great way to use up leftovers. So if you have some pork or chicken from the night before, just slice it up for the filling.
The same goes for the vegetables. Just use whatever you have on hand. Of course, you’ll want to be sure it’s a veggie that’s low in carbs.
For a keto-friendly version, you’ll want to skip the fresh bean sprouts too. Although mung bean sprouts have just 4.3 grams of net carbs per cup, I used alfalfa sprouts because they have just 0.1 grams net carbs per cup.
This popular Chinese food that you find on restaurant menus is usually served with a thick gravy. The sauce for the traditional recipe is made with a cornstarch mixture that is very carb heavy. To enhance the flavor of the sauce, sugar is usually added too.
Other ingredients in the egg foo young gravy include chicken stock or broth and soy sauce or tamari. Oyster sauce is also used in many recipes but it contains sugar so it isn't a keto-friendly ingredient.
To make the sauce low-carb, I make it with a little liquid stevia to offset the saltiness of the tamari. But if you use coconut aminos, you may not need any sweetener. I also use just a small amount of xanthan gum as a thickener.
- Cook over medium heat. If the cooking temperature is too high, the egg patties can burn easily. A temperature that's too low can result in greasy patties that can fall apart.
- Use small pieces of meat. The cooked chicken should be cut into small bite-sized pieces so your patties don't have large lumps in them. I like to use small cubed chicken in the recipe.
- Pre-cook certain vegetables. If you include watery vegetables like mushrooms or bell peppers, you'll want to sauté them first so they don't release water into the egg batter as they cook.
You'll find the full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here, I wanted to provide some photos of each step so you can see exactly how to perform each step.
Make the Egg Batter
I use chicken eggs for this recipe, however egg whites, or duck eggs would work as well. You'll just have to adjust for volume.
In a large bowl combine beaten eggs with your filling ingredients. You can use a whisk or fork to beat the eggs first then stir in the meat and vegetables.
Cook the Batter
There’s no need to deep fry the omelettes. Simply cook them in a frying pan greased with about a tablespoon of vegetable or sesame oil. Then take a large soup ladle or cup to scoop out about a cup of egg mixture for each patty and pour onto the hot pan.
Cook the egg foo young pancakes until each side is golden brown, flipping once or twice as needed. It takes about 3-5 minutes to cook each.
An electric skillet is the best way to cook multiple pieces at once. If using a large skillet, it’s difficult to cook more than two or three in the pan at a time.
Make the Sauce
While the omelettes are cooking, you can go ahead and start the gravy. Simply heat a mixture of chicken broth, stevia, tamari, and xanthan gum to a boil then remove from heat.
I use Xanthan gum to thicken the egg foo young sauce, but it can be replaced with another low carb thickener if desired.
Chinese restaurants serve the dish with white rice or fried rice. But to keep your meal low carb, I suggest adding one of the following as a side dish instead:
And if you want to add in some more meat, try my keto char siu pork recipe that bakes up in the oven. And Simply So Healthy has a fabulous Orange Beef recipe.
Before getting to the recipe card, I wanted to go over some questions people often have about this chicken egg foo young recipe.
Egg foo young is a Chinese American omelette filled with eggs, meat, and vegetables that’s been deep fried in a layer of hot oil in a wok. They are traditionally served covered in a soy sauce based brown sauce thickened with cornstarch.
Other than the filling, there’s really not much difference. However, the outside of the Chinese version is usually crisper since it’s deep fried and it is served smothered in sauce.
If you leave off the sauce, the carbs in egg foo young are very low. But adding on about one third cup of sauce can add 5 grams of carbs or more. However, my low carb brown gravy adds less than a carb so a serving of omelettes with sauce has only 4 grams of carbs.
Both the omelettes and the sauce can be frozen to enjoy later if you want to prepare the meal ahead for an easy meal later. I like to freeze the sauce separately from the omelettes. In an airtight container, both should keep for at least 3 months. But vacuum sealing with keep them fresher longer.
If you enjoyed this recipe, here's a few more keto-friendly Chinese inspired dishes you may want to try next.
- Crock pot chicken lo mein takes just 10 minutes or less to prepare, then just put it in the slow cooker for a few hours.
- Egg roll in a bowl has everything you love without the high carb wrapper.
- Orange chicken is a low-carb take on the popular breaded chicken drenched in orange flavored sweet sauce.
- Pork stir fry is a popular Chinese dish with vegetables and strips of pork meat.
- Sweet and sour chicken is an easy recipe for the popular takeout food that bakes in the oven.
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Keto Chicken Egg Foo Young
- 8 large eggs
- ¼ cup thinly sliced celery
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
- 1 cup chopped cooked chicken
- salt and pepper to taste
- 14.5 fl ounces chicken broth
- 5 drops liquid stevia
- 2 tablespoons tamari or coconut aminos
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- Beat eggs in a large bowl and then stir in remaining ingredients for the omelette.
- Heat 1-2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. When pan is hot, drop about ½ to ⅔ of omelette mixture into pan at a time. Brown each omelette on both sides, about 2-3 minutes each. Remove each cooked omelette to a plate.
- Heat chicken broth, stevia, tamari (or coconut aminos), and xanthan gum in a saucepan over medium high heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [calories] => 243 [carbohydrates] => 4 [protein] => 28 [fat] => 12 [saturated_fat] => 4 [cholesterol] => 452 [sodium] => 1105 [potassium] => 450 [fiber] => 1 [sugar] => 1 [vitamin_a] => 2327 [vitamin_c] => 28 [calcium] => 105 [iron] => 3 )
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Do you know the macros for just the gravy in this recipe?
It's 12 calories, 1g carb, 1g fat, 1g protein, and 1g fiber.
I made this for breakfast with a lot of substitutions due to what I had on hand.
In the omelette instead of the chicken, kale and alfalfa sprouts, I added whipping cream, thinly sliced green onion and chopped baby spinach and cooked ground ham. It turned out great! A really nice breakfast for a change. I will definitely make this again. Thank you Lisa for another great recipe!
Love this idea and how easy it is. I am always excited for low carb dinners that are healthy and easy. Love the Chinese flavors! And so does my family.
I just so love the name of this recipe. On the list for our Breakfast.
I love egg foo young and this healthier version was so easy to make! My family loved it!
I was looking for a new omelette recipe and I am SO glad I found this! I never thought to pair celery and eggs! And the sprouts were so perfect too! Will make again for weekend breakfast, lunch or dinner!
So good and easy to make!
I haven't made this in forever and I'm so thankful you came up with a healthier version!
My family loves omelettes, so this will be a sure win! Thanks!
I have never heard of these! They look delicious and like something that my whole familiy will gobble up!
How many omelets are in each serving?
It depends on the size of the omelettes, but you should be able to make 8 from the batter providing two per serving. I used a ladle that was about half cup or so.