Hot and Spicy Sichuan Chicken


This is a traditional Chinese dish, which is simple to make. Tender chunks of chicken are bathed in a rich, hot, and spicy sauce. Enjoy with freshly cooked white rice.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
47 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 7 mins
4 servings


  • ½ (2 pound) whole chicken

  • 1 (3/4 inch thick) slice fresh ginger, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup chile oil

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon monosodium glutamate (MSG)

  • ¼ teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn oil

  • 6 spring onions (white parts only), cut into 3/4-inch pieces

  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds, or to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add chicken and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain and discard water.

  2. Bring a large pot of fresh water to a boil; add chicken, ginger, and peppercorns. Add more water if needed to cover chicken completely. Cover and cook over high heat until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear, 35 to 45 minutes. Drain and discard water.

  3. Horizontally chop chicken into 3/4-inch pieces, cutting through the bone and skin. Vertically chop into 3/4-inch squares; transfer to a bowl.

  4. Combine soy sauce, chile oil, sugar, MSG, and Sichuan peppercorn oil in a bowl to form a sauce; pour over chicken and toss well. Garnish with spring onions and sesame seeds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
33g Fat
10g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 973mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 185mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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