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Sichuan Chicken

Prep: 20 Mins

Cook: 15 Mins

Sichuan or Szechuan Chicken a perfectly balanced dish with a unique taste from the Sichuan peppercorns


  • 200g boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1 bird’s-eye chilli
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 5 dried red chillies
  • 100g cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ onion
  • ½ red pepper

The Marinade

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • a large pinch of Chinese five-spice
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour

The Sauce

  • 1 tsp chilli paste or chilli bean paste
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
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Preparation

1. Slice the onion and red pepper into fine matchsticks and the chicken into 3cm-wide strips. Put the chicken into a small mixing bowl, add the marinade ingredients and, using your hands, massage the pieces until they are evenly coated.

2. Finely chop the garlic and bird’s-eye chillies, and finely slice your spring onion. Crush the Sichuan peppercorns with a mortar and pestle. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl or ramekin.

3. BUILD YOUR WOK CLOCK: place your sliced onion at 12 o’clock, then arrange the peppers, dried chillies, chicken bowl, crushed peppercorns, garlic, bird’s-eye chillies, sauce bowl, cashew nuts and spring onions clockwise around your plate.

Cooking

4. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok over a high heat until smoking-hot. Add the onions, red peppers and dried red chillies and stir-fry for 1–2 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned and slightly softened.

5. Reduce the heat to medium (so as not to burn the onions), push the veg to the side of the wok and add ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil to the centre.

6. Bring the wok back to smoking point, add the chicken and stir-fry 3–5 minutes until golden brown on all sides.

7. Reduce the heat to medium, add the crushed peppercorns and garlic to the wok and stir-fry for a further 2 minutes, then add the bird’s-eye chillies and sauce and continue to stir-fry over a medium-high heat for another 2 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and reduced and is sticking to the chicken.

8. Add the cashew nuts and cook for a final 30–60 seconds, tossing the wok to combine all the ingredients well. Tip onto a large plate and scatter over the spring onion to finish. Serve.

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  • 200g boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 1 bird’s-eye chilli
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 5 dried red chillies
  • 100g cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ onion
  • ½ red pepper

The Marinade

  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • a large pinch of Chinese five-spice
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp cornflour

The Sauce

  • 1 tsp chilli paste or chilli bean paste
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
UTENSILS YOU MIGHT NEED...

Take a look out our important checklist of utensils you might need to help you cook this dish.



Preparation

1. Slice the onion and red pepper into fine matchsticks and the chicken into 3cm-wide strips. Put the chicken into a small mixing bowl, add the marinade ingredients and, using your hands, massage the pieces until they are evenly coated.

2. Finely chop the garlic and bird’s-eye chillies, and finely slice your spring onion. Crush the Sichuan peppercorns with a mortar and pestle. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl or ramekin.

3. BUILD YOUR WOK CLOCK: place your sliced onion at 12 o’clock, then arrange the peppers, dried chillies, chicken bowl, crushed peppercorns, garlic, bird’s-eye chillies, sauce bowl, cashew nuts and spring onions clockwise around your plate.

Cooking

4. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok over a high heat until smoking-hot. Add the onions, red peppers and dried red chillies and stir-fry for 1–2 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned and slightly softened.

5. Reduce the heat to medium (so as not to burn the onions), push the veg to the side of the wok and add ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil to the centre.

6. Bring the wok back to smoking point, add the chicken and stir-fry 3–5 minutes until golden brown on all sides.

7. Reduce the heat to medium, add the crushed peppercorns and garlic to the wok and stir-fry for a further 2 minutes, then add the bird’s-eye chillies and sauce and continue to stir-fry over a medium-high heat for another 2 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and reduced and is sticking to the chicken.

8. Add the cashew nuts and cook for a final 30–60 seconds, tossing the wok to combine all the ingredients well. Tip onto a large plate and scatter over the spring onion to finish. Serve.

Easy Szechuan Chicken Recipe!

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Have you been inspired by our tips and recipes? Why not check out our ranges below! From our exclusive range of woks to our cookery classes that will help inspire your cooking further.

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