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Szechuan Chicken Recipe

Szechuan chicken is a spicy Chinese chicken dish. It consists of breaded chicken bits tossed in a spicy and flavorful sauce. The sauce uses ingredients such as oyster sauce and chicken broth to give it that amazing flavor. Most of the spice comes from dried chili peppers. I know authentically you would be using Szechuan peppercorns but these can be a little hard to find in some places. This dish reminds me a lot of Kung Pao Chicken. The original recipe called for a batter but I decided a light coating of cornstarch would be better as I prefer my chicken bits to be crispy. This dish is great served with rice and vegetables. Enjoy.

(Makes 4 Servings)

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Szechuan Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Bobby


  • 2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips)
  • A ½ cup of corn starch
  • oil (for deep frying)
  • Sauce-
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 6 red dried chili peppers (or more depending on how spicy you want the sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon sherry
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ginger (minced)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • ¼ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water




  1. In a bowl or shaker bag toss chicken strips with cornstarch. Heat deep fryer to 375 degrees. Fry chicken strips in batches until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  2. In a bowl combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, and chicken broth. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Add garlic, ginger and dried chilis. Stir fry 30 seconds. Add soy sauce mixture and then add the sherry.
  3. Simmer for 2 minutes and then in a measuring cup combine 2 teaspoons cornstarch with 2 teaspoons of water and slowly pour into the sauce. Stir until the sauce has thickened.
  4. In a serving bowl (or in the two) toss the chicken bits with the sauce. Garnish with green onions and peanuts.
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asad raza

Tuesday 9th of April 2013

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Friday 15th of February 2013

Awesome.cant wait to try.luks realy yummy,


Monday 23rd of July 2012

mimie- I would recommend replacing the sherry with chicken broth, or you can just leave it out if you want.


Monday 23rd of July 2012

Hi. I would love to try this recipe but as a Muslim, I would like to know what can be used to replace sherry? Pls, am eager to try this out for my family. ;-)


Friday 30th of March 2012

This recipe looks absolutely delicious, I can't wait to cook this one :)