Hot and Spicy Hunan-Style Chicken


This is a dish that I love to make. It is a simple Hunan-style chicken that you will love. If you like a lot of heat, you want to add to the anise pepper. It gives it that warm, deep heat.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 2 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 6 dried red chile peppers, or more to taste

  • 1 medium shallot

  • 1 medium scallion

  • 1 teaspoon anise seed, or more to taste

  • ½ cup chicken broth

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Whisk soy sauce, sherry, and ginger together in a bowl and pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator, 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. While chicken marinates, soak dried chiles in warm water until soft, about 15 minutes.

  3. Cut chile peppers, shallot, and scallion diagonally into 1-inch pieces.

  4. Grind anise seed into a powder using a mortar and pestle. Transfer to a bowl and add chicken broth, vinegar, sugar, and salt; mix until well combined.

  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add chile peppers and shallot; stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add scallion and stir-fry, 30 seconds more. Add marinade mixture and chicken and stir-fry, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth mixture and mix well.

  6. Cook over low heat until chicken pieces are tender, no longer pink in the centers, and juices run clear, about 10 minutes. Stir in cornstarch to thicken sauce; serve with chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

581 Calories
33g Fat
20g Carbs
50g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 581
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 1939mg 84%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 50g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 590mg 13%

* 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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