Recipe by Bald Guy
"This chicken dish is straight from the Szechuan province of China and it is hot! It is known in China as Chong Qing Lazi Ji. Unfortunately, substituting black peppercorns for Szechuan will not taste right."
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Chinese cooking wine
boneless chicken, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
cornstarch, or as needed
peanut oil for frying
minced fresh ginger root
green onions, julienned
long, green chilies - cut into 1/2-inch pieces
dried chilies, chopped
Chinese cooking wine
This is almost exactly like the version that I've found at Chinese restaurants. Usually this is sold as something like "Salty Pepper Chicken" or "Fried Chicken is Spicy Salt". Also, from the reading that I've done, generally you're not supposed to eat the peppers, they're for flavor and presentation. As for Szechuan pepper, I've had a hard time finding it. I finally bought some from Amazon and it makes a noticeable difference. On the other hand, the Chinese restaurants where I live don't seem to use actual Szechuan pepper either, so it isn't absolutely critical.
Keep a cold beer or a pitcher of water nearby. First time I've ever tried cooking with dried peppers. Gave it the kick, but we ended up pushing most of them to the side of the plate, because their texture left something to be desired. I added sliced fresh mushrooms, just because we had them around. My husband picked this recipe, looking for something spicy. We both enjoyed it! Our daughter asked me to make it in a few months on her birthday. I know it called for Szechuan peppercorns, but I couldn't find them after trying three differant stores, so we went ahead and did without. I added fresh ground pepper and still liked it. Will make again...and will be on the look out for the right peppercorns next time we're near the city. Thanks for this recipe, it's a keeper.
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Not bad, but not a recipe I would use again. I've had this in a couple of Chinese restaurants but they used some more flavoring (not sure what it was!) that was missing here.
i made this dish tonight for my family (children included) along with a sweet dish for the children, all of this dish was gone and the other one was half eaten that says it all to me.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Fiery Pepper Chicken
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 176
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