The Sichuan Cuisine originates in Sichuan province of southwestern China. Sichuan is hot and spicy, the food too. There is hot food, then there is scorching. But when it comes to spicy cuisine, China’s Sichuan Province is in a fiery class of its own. Likewise, the mind-numbing flavors of this fascinating part of the Middle Kingdom.

This Chongqing Spicy Chicken recipe ( 重庆辣子鸡) is one of the more popular Sichuan dishes. It’s not just chillies studded with fried chicken. this Spicy Chicken Recipe consists of little nuggets of chicken that have been stir-fried to a light crispy crust, and then stir fried with copious quantities of chilies and Sichuan peppercorns. I know that sounds like the recipe for plenty of other Sichuan dishes, but the execution here makes all the difference. The combination of crunch, juiciness, chili heat, and peppercorn numbing is just insane. Never mind that it is 3-chillies hot! You might just find yourself tearing from the hot numbing sensations but still wanting more of this addictive dish! Also: it goes unbelievably well with beer.

Recipe: ChongQing Spicy Chicken

ChongQing Spicy Chicken Recipe

Main Ingredients for ChongQing Spicy Chicken:

* Chicken breasts – 1kg

Sauce:

* Sichuan Peppercorn – 8g
* Dried Red Chilli – 30g
* Scallion – 15g
* Ginger – 10g
* Garlic – 5g
* Salt – 8g
* MSG – 2g
* Shao Xing rice wine / cooking wine – 15g
* Light soy sauce – 10g
* Vegetable Oil – 25g
* White Granulated Sugar – 2g

Directions to cook ChongQing Spicy Chicken:

1, Cut the chicken breast into small pieces.

2, Sprinkle the light soy sauce, salt, MSG on the chicken breast. Then mix the chicken breast in the cooking wine and let it stand for about 30 minutes.

3, When the oil in the wok is hot, add in the scallion, ginger and garlic and stir-fry briefly. Then add in the marinated chicken breast in the wok and stir-fry over high heat.

4, Add in the dried red chili and Sichuan peppercorn. Stir-fry until fragrant.

5, At last add salt, MSG and white granulated sugar to taste.

Enjoy your Chongqing Spicy Chicken! Spicy and Hot to taste, this dish serves well with white rice, also goes unbelievably well with beer.

{October 28, 2010} {Tags: , }