Fiery Pepper Chicken


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 teaspoon Chinese cooking wine

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ pound boneless chicken, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • ¼ cup cornstarch, or as needed

  • 3 cups peanut oil for frying

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 2 green onions, julienned

  • 2 long, green chilies - cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 cups dried chilies, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons Szechuan peppercorns

  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Chinese cooking wine

  • ½ teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Stir together 1 teaspoon cooking wine and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl; add the chicken and stir to coat. Allow to marinate 2 to 3 minutes. Place the marinated chicken in a large, sealable plastic bag with the cornstarch and shake to coat.

  2. Heat the peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Fry the chicken in the oil until it begins to crisp around the edges, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the oil, discarding the rest.

  3. Reheat the reserved oil in the wok over medium-high heat; cook and stir the garlic, ginger, and green onions in the oil until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the green chilies, crushed dried chilies, and Szechuan peppercorns; continue frying about 20 seconds more. Return the chicken to the wok; stir in the soy sauce, 2 teaspoons cooking wine, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
20g Fat
27g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 807mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 63mg 317%
Calcium 42mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 604mg 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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