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Sichuan Hot Pepper Chicken Recipe (La Zi Ji) 四川辣子鸡秘方

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The Best Sichuan Chicken Dish, A Must Whenever I Visit a Sichuan Restaurant!

La Zi Ji is a must have whenever you dine in at at Sichuan Cuisine restaurant! The combinations of spices give this dish amazing complexity, especially the Sichuan peppercorn which makes this Hot Pepper Chicken so so so wholesome!

Serve 3

Ingredients – to marinate chicken

– Half a chicken
– 1 tbsp of soy sauce
– 1 tsp of all spice powder
– 1 tsp of salt
– 1 tsp of white pepper powder
– 1 tbsp of cooking oil

Steps to marinate chicken

1.      Clean the chopped chicken and pat dry with paper towel.

2.      Put chicken into mixing bowl and add all the ingredients in.

3.      Using your hand, mix well and set aside.

Ingredients – to cook

– 100g of Ginger
– 1 head of Garlic
– 200g of Scallion
– 1 head of Red Onion
– 2 tbsp of Sichuan Peppercorn
– 2 pcs of Bay Leaf
– 2 pcs of Star Anise
– 1 tsp of Fennel Seeds
– 1 handful of Dried Chili (add more if you like)
– 2 tbsp of Chili Dou Ban Sauce (Spicy Broad Bean Sauce)
– 1 tsp of salt
– 10 tbsp of Cooking oil


1.      Clean and scrap the exterior of ginger and then thinly slice the ginger.

2.      Peel garlic and crush.

3.      Remove the dry parts of the scallion and cut into bite size.

4.      Cut dried chili into half.

5.      Prepare the rest of the ingredients accordingly.

To cook chicken

1.      Put cooking oil into wok/cooking pan. Turn on the heat and switch to low heat.

2.      Individually fry all the dry spices and strain off the oil.

3.      With the oil still in the cooking pan/wok, switch to medium heat and add marinated chicken in to sear.

4.      Slowly sear all the pieces of chicken to golden crispy edges.

5.      Move the chicken to one side of the cooking pan/wok and add sliced ginger and crushed garlic.

6.      Thoroughly pan fry ginger and garlic to aromatic fragrance.

7.      Then move fried ginger and garlic to another corner of the cooking pan/wok.

8.      Add Chili Dou Ban Sauce to the oil area and thoroughly fry it.

9.      Mix ginger, garlic and seared chicken together and thoroughly stir fry.

10.  Add all the other ingredients and stir fry with high heat until dry.

11.  Remove from heat and serve.           :snip: 

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Chicken is the most affordable option of organic meats and a good source of protein. Xinjiang Style Chicken is an easy Chinese meal to prepare.


The following ingredients can be varied according to taste.

  • Half a fresh chicken cut into small pieces
  • 3 potatoes (sliced into 1/4″ slices)
  • Several mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 green pepper (diced)
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • 1-2 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 piece fresh ginger (1″ sliced)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2-1 tsp Sichuan pepper
  • 3-4 chilies
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Heat oil in a wok and fry Sichuan pepper thoroughly.
  • Add chicken, green onion, ginger, garlic, and chilies, stirring for a few minutes. Then add light soy sauce, water, sugar, salt, and mushrooms. Let these ingredients stew for 15 minutes.
  •  Add potatoes, cook on low heat till potatoes are soft.
  • Add green and red peppers, mix well, and serve.

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