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Chinese Dong'an Chicken

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This is a classic Hunan chicken dish, which is simple and delicious. A parboiled chicken is chopped up, then stir-fried with chiles, ginger, Szechuan peppercorns, and vinegar."
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57 m servings 697
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place chicken in a stockpot with water to cover; bring to a boil and cook until juices run clear, at least 20 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove chicken; set aside to cool. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
  2. Remove chicken meat from bone; cut meat into 1/2-inch by 2-inch strips. Mix cornstarch and cold water together in a small bowl. Toss meat in 1/2 of the cornstarch mixture.
  3. Heat peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add chicken mixture, ginger, and chiles; cook and stir until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Add reserved cooking liquid, vinegar, rice wine, peppercorns, and salt. Return to boil; cook and stir until mixture is almost dry, about 3 minutes. Stir in spring onions, monosodium glutamate, and remaining cornstarch mixture; cook until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes more. Drizzle with sesame oil.


  • Cook's Note:
  • Substitute the ½ cup cooking liquid with ½ cup prepared chicken stock, if desired.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full chicken. The actual amount of chicken consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 697 calories; 65 6.5 20.2 80 130 Full nutrition

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Made as written except that I left out the MSG. It didn't need it. This tasted good but I was expecting more heat. Next time I would add some Sriracha. Overall good recipe and one I would make a...