Sichuan spicy crispy chicken (辣子鸡)

When I was living in Beijing, I could never go to a Chinese restaurant without ordering this dish, it’s my all-time favorite. Especially when it’s crunchy, salty, spicy, anddd oily! Sounds unhealthy? Yup! Haha… Back then, it wasn’t easy to find a good crispy 辣子鸡, I had to explore many restaurants to find the best one, which I did. Now that I live in Stuttgart, I have a small chance to eat this dish without losing authenticity. So instead, I try to make it. It is as close as I wanted to be, definitely need some improvement for the future. It still tastes so good and fulfills my craving of typical Sichuan dish… 🙂

INGREDIENTS

1 kg                 Chicken thigh (debone, cut the chicken into small pieces, including the skin)

8 slices            ginger

1 stalk             spring onion (chopped)

500 ml             vegetable oil

Marinate sauce

2 tsp                light soy sauce

2 tsp                Shaoxing rice wine

½ tsp               salt

                        white pepper

Cooking Sauce

2 cups              dried Sichuan chili pepper (according to taste)

1 tsp                Sichuan peppercorn

15 slices          ginger

5 cloves           garlic, sliced

2 tsp                light soy sauce

1 tsp                sugar

2 tsp                shaoxing rice wine

GARNISH

Sesame seed

Spring onion, chopped

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate the chicken with the marinate sauce minimum 20 minutes, best overnight letting the sauce absorb to the chicken better.
  • Remove the ginger and spring onions when you are about to cook.
  • In a deep pan/wok, prepare 500 ml on medium-high. Once it’s heated, deep fry the chicken for about 15-20 minutes until it’s slightly brown. Drain and take it out.
  • for the second fry, increase the heat to high. Once it’s heated, fry again the chicken for another 10-15 minutes until it’s golden brown. The second fry will give the crispiness to the chicken. Take it out and use a kitchen towel to absorb the excessed oil.

  • Move to another wok, or remove all the oil (be careful, it’s very hot, you can wait a few minutes until it’s slightly cooler). Leave about 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Stir all the dry ingredients from the cooking sauce. Once it’s fragrant, add in the chicken. Mix it for about a minute.
  • Add in the liquid ingredients from cooking sauce. Stir for another 2-3 minutes until all the chicken and sauce are well incorporated.
  • Dish is ready to serve. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped spring onion.
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Author: Dewi

Hello there! If you are stopping by this page, you are probably searching for easy Asian home-cook meal inspirations that are uncomplicated, quick, budget-friendly, and still tasty and delishhh….. That’s what I am going to share in this blog. I am not a chef, I cook because I love it and I enjoy it. To give you a little background of who I am…. My name is Dewi, a self-made home-cook who enjoys filling her kitchen in with tasty and delicious of Asian food. I was born and grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia where I have never learned how to cook (except frying an egg or two, add soy sauce, and eat it with rice) and never thought I would have to cook ever in my life. Because my mom, who was (still is) the “family chef” had never encouraged the children to be involved in the kitchen. So, my passion for food and cooking came later on when I went abroad. In 2006, I moved to Beijing, China where I lived for a good 9 years. I occasionally cooked as I preferred to eat out or to order in, for a simple reason, it’s convenient and affordable (back then). My cooking journey became more apparent in 2015 when I decided to move to Germany. Eating out, especially for Asian food is expensive and not authentic. The selection of Asian restaurants is limited and because of the high price, it would mean that I would have to burn a hole in my pocket if I want to do it often. So now that I have a small family (my husband, my son, and I), I cook not only for myself but also for them. I like to try new things like occasional baking or non-Asian food. For that being said, I want to share my cooking journey with you and hope that you can find new food inspirations that you can do yourself at home, either for yourself or your family, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Happy cooking! =) Xoxo Dewi

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