Fiery Wok-Fried Chili and Szechuan Chicken

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Chickity China – the Chinese chicken…

I can not get enough of this dish. Most people think it is entirely too hot but I beg to differ. It is the right amount to clear your head from those cold weather sniffles. And right about now that is exactly what I need.

I would wax on poetically about this dish but I have our wedding in 1 weeks time and a glue gun calling my name.

Just trust me on this and make this dish. Pronto!

Fiery Wok-Fried Chili and Szechuan Chicken

Fiery Wok-Fried Chili and Szechuan Chicken

1 teaspoon rice wine
1 teaspoon cold water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound chicken thighs or breast, boneless, cut into small cubes

stir-fry oil (we used peanut)

3 cups thinly shredded Napa cabbage
2 cups broccoli florets
2 carrots julienned

8 cloves minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon lemongrass, reconstituted in a little bit of water
1 bunch green onions chopped
1 to 1.5 cups dried Japones chiles, chopped
2 tablespoons Szechuan peppercorns
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons Chinese cooking wine
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Stir together 1 tablespoon rice wine, salt and chicken in a large bowl and toss to coat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Heat the stir-fry oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Fry the chicken till golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken to a paper lined plate and blot dry.

Add the cabbage, broccoli and carrots and stir-fry over medium heat till the cabbage starts to wilt. Add in the garlic, ginger, lemongrass and scallions. Stir-fry an additional 5 minutes. Remove the cabbage mixture to a bowl and cover.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the pan. Add the chilies and the Szechuan peppercorns and fry about 1 minute.

Return the chicken to the wok; stir in the soy sauce, hoison, 2 teaspoons cooking wine, sugar, till thoroughly combined.

Add the cabbage mixture and toss to combine.

Remove from heat and serve immediately.


Meet Jeff & Heather. The dysfunctional duo that make up the cooking team of He Cooks She Cooks. They have a weakness for feel good, down to earth, amazingly tasty eats that almost always include the addition of beer. From growing their own tomatoes to brewing their own beer, they like to cook from scratch as much as possible. When they aren't feeding their friends they are geeks of the computer kind. They share their home with Bacon the lovebird, the insane kitten duo of Voodoo & Hops, and a motley bunch of friends who won't stop drinking all their good beer. They know what's important. Love. Food. Beer.
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