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Szechuan Chicken

Best Szechuan Chicken

Szechuan Chicken is an easy recipe with a perfect harmony of sweetness and spiciness in one savory dish. Ready in less than 30 minutes, it is the ideal weekday dinner meal!

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 333 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 large chicken breasts cubed into bite-size pieces


  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine
  • ½ 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 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil


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


  1. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and add the cubed chicken. Marinate for 30 minutes or more.
  2. Add about 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the rest of the fresh red chilies, ginger, garlic, and bell peppers. Stir and fry for about 5 minutes.
  5. Add chopped green onions and nuts. Fry for a minute.
  6. Add back the fried chicken pieces, stir and add the sugar, rice wine, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Toss to coat.
  7. Garnish with chopped scallions, sesame seeds, and more red chilis.
  8. Serve as is or over rice.
Nutrition Facts
Best Szechuan Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 333 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1396mg61%
Potassium 805mg23%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 1575IU32%
Vitamin C 174.7mg212%
Calcium 31mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.