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Szechuan Chicken

Best Szechuan Chicken

Szechuan Chicken is an authentic Chinese recipe for a spicy stir fry, made with juicy chicken, crisp vegetables, and Sichuan peppercorns.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword Szechuan Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 366kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 large chicken breasts cubed into bite-size pieces


  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil

Other Ingredients:

  • vegetable oil as needed for frying
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorn
  • 5 red chilis cut into thin rounds
  • 25 dried red chilis whole
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into bite-size cubes
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk green onions chopped
  • 1/2 cup peanuts or cashews unsalted and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons mirim
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Asian chili garlic sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil optional
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Green onion chopped
  • Sesame seeds
  • More fresh red chilis



  • Combine marinade ingredients in a large bowl and add the cubed chicken. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes or more.


  • In a medium bowl combine the sauce ingredients and whisk until corn starch is fully dissolved. Set aside.


  • Next, add about 1.5-2 inches of oil to a non-stick or cast-iron skillet and place over medium heat.
  • Once hot, fry the chicken until browned and crispy. Fry the chicken in one layer, if needed fry in batches. Remove and set aside on a plate.
  • Then, discard oil from the pan, leaving only about 2 tablespoons.


  • Add the Szechuan peppercorns and dried red chilies. Fry for about 1 minute, just until fragrant.
  • Add the rest of the fresh red chilies, ginger, garlic, and bell peppers. Stir and fry for about 5 minutes.
  • Next, add chopped green onions and nuts. Cook for a minute.
  • Add back the fried chicken pieces, give the sauce a good stir and add it to the pan. Toss to coat.
  • Stir and cook everything for a few more minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • Serve garnished with chopped scallions, sesame seeds, and more red chilis.



Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1694mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1619IU | Vitamin C: 176mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg