A popular dish at a fast-casual chain restaurant, hot Sichuan chicken is trending all over the US, it's a thing! It's fried crispy, no sticky sauce, and no forks required. Seriously, you'll find that the taste lingers on the tip of your tongue, it's different. Enjoy with an ice-cold Asian beer!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sprinkle chicken tenders with salt and pepper.

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  • Stir together Sichuan peppercorn powder, 1 teaspoon salt, cayenne, and paprika in a small bowl; set aside.

  • Pour flour in a shallow bowl. Stir together eggs and water in a second bowl. Mix bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in the third bowl.

  • Dredge chicken tenders in flour, shaking off the excess. Dip tenders in the egg mixture, and then in the bread crumb mixture to coat. Place on a plate and set aside.

  • Heat about 1/2-inch vegetable oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat until oil has a temperature of 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Fry chicken tenders in batches, flipping as needed, until they're golden brown on all sides and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Check oil temperature in between batches so make sure it's back up to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) before frying the next batch.

  • As soon as each batch is fried, immediately season chicken tenders with Sichuan powder mixture on both sides to suit your taste; the more, the spicier.

Cook's Note:

If you can't find Sichuan powder, you can use Sichuan peppercorns and grind them in a spice blender or use a mortar and pestle. Your cooking time will depend on the thickness of your tenders.

Editor's Note:

We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

369 calories; protein 32.6g 65% DV; carbohydrates 39.6g 13% DV; fat 12.1g 19% DV; cholesterol 157.6mg 53% DV; sodium 879.2mg 35% DV. Full Nutrition