Diced Chicken With Chillies And Nuts / 辣子鸡丁

This hot Szechuan chicken recipe gets its firing spiciness from peppercorns and red chillies. To par-poach the diced chicken in hot oil helps to keep the tenderness of the meat. Ok, if you could handle “the hot stuff", then a few more Szechuan peppercorns would make the dish more enjoyable, with some cold beer.

  • 450 g Boned chicken breast
  • 1/2 Egg white
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup Cashew nuts or peanut, fried
  • 20 g Dried red chillies
  • Frying oil
  • 1-2 tbsp Szechuan red peppercorns

  • 1 stalk Spring onion
  • 1 tbsp Dark soya sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Jiafan rice wine (or medium dry sherry)
  • 1/4 tsp Mined garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Rice vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/2 tbsp Water
  1. Cut the chicken into inch cubes. Place them in a bowl, and add in egg white, salt and cornstarch. Set aside for 30 minutes. In a small bowl, place all the ingredients for the sauce and mix well.
  2. Heat some oil in a pan or wok to 200C/400F. Add chicken and fry 30 seconds. Remove and drain. Leave one tablespoon of oil in the pan, stir in chillies until fragrant. Add peppercorns and spring onions, stirring and tossing together.
  3. Return the chicken to the pan, stirring briefly, add sauce mixture and cook, stirring, just until thickened. Remove from heat and sprinkle with nuts.


Anonymous 1/9/09 22:11

This looks so delicious. Thinking about abandoning my dinner plans for tonight to make it!

Sophie Sportende Foodie 1/9/09 22:32

What a superb & tasty chicken dish!

MMMMMMMMMMMMMM,...all the way!

Beautiful presented too!

chow and chatter 1/9/09 23:41

oh i love this spicy is always good I want to go to China

Cookin' Canuck 2/9/09 00:31

Gorgeous dish! And I'll be it tastes amazing (and hot)!

KennyT 2/9/09 02:14

Angie is a spice girl, hehehehe

Anonymous 2/9/09 05:44

Excellent combination of flavors here and I love the spice and the nuts!

My Little Space 2/9/09 12:08

My family love this kind of heavy spicy food! More chillies please...he he!

♥peachkins♥ 2/9/09 16:14

This looks really great. Just add some shiitake mushroom and I bet this is a good topping for pasta!

TasteHongKong 2/9/09 17:59

Yes, I would definitely go with peppercorns. Thanks.

Mythreyi Dilip 2/9/09 19:57

Looks delicious and makes me drool...

Got an award for u, plz accept it dear:)

nora@ffr 2/9/09 22:25

vat a perfect side dish to have with some rice!! angie love the delicious picture also ye presentation! best post ever! :D

Sweta (My Indian Dietitian) 3/9/09 01:12

Can't wait to try this-I think I have all the ingredients for this :)

Anonymous 3/9/09 06:11

Kind of looks and sounds like kungpao chicken! I used to be obsessed with those stuff...I'll even gnaw on the chili!

Angie's Recipes 3/9/09 06:51

@tastyeatsathome, Sophie, Cookin' Canuck: Thank you!
@Chow and Chatter: There are plenty of other good spicy food in China! I am very sure you will love them.
@KennyT:A gal who enjoys spicy food. ;-)
@5 Star Foodie:Yep. I love lots of nuts for the dish, esp. made with cashew nuts.
@My Little Space: I love spicy food, only wish my stomach could handle it better.
@peachkins♥: Oh yep, a great combination with black mushrooms too.
@TasteHongKong: The more, the better.
@Mythreyi Dilip: Thank you! I definitely will pick it up. :-)
@nora: Thank you! I bet you love spicy food too.
@Sweta: Cool ! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
@burpandslurp: Yep, kinda of.

Elin Chia 3/9/09 07:45

Angie, you make me hungry now juz looking at it ! Slurps Slurps slurping off from my screen for the time being :))

Will cook this for dinner one of these nights....yumm yumm

theUngourmet 3/9/09 16:56

I haven't had Szechuan in ages. Your recipe is wonderful! Makes me want some for lunch!

Palidor 3/9/09 20:21

I love stir-fries. They don't take much time, yet have such incredible flavor. And you can diversify them so easily. I love the sauce you used.

lisaiscooking 4/9/09 00:45

This sounds perfect for me! Love these flavors.

Heather S-G 4/9/09 13:40

Oh MY!!! I'll bring the cold beer and you cook up some of this! Your pictures are amazing...I am loving the look and sound of this dish! Delicious :)

Vrinda 4/9/09 15:48

Cashew chicken sounds delicious Angie..beautifully presented...yumm

Sarah Naveen 4/9/09 19:04
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Sarah Naveen 4/9/09 19:05

Hey Angie..First time to your treasure Island!!!
you have a wonderful Space here!!
CHicken looks so yumm!!!
Keep rocking
Sarah naveen

Ju (The Little Teochew) 5/9/09 17:32

I LOVE this! So simple but full of flavour. Your version looks hot and spicy! The way it should be :) I think nuts give a nice crunch!

Janet @Gourmet Traveller 88 7/9/09 18:50

Hmm, you dish makes me feeling homesick !!!

saju 19/11/09 16:56

new to ur blog..i love it!!! fantastic mouthwatering foods..
will try some of the easy ones..


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