Sichuan Chicken with Peppercorns and Chile Recipe

Dried red chiles and whole Sichuan peppercorns give this chicken a warm and tingling heat.


This chicken dish is something you'll find at Sichuan restaurants. It's crisp, slightly spicy, and you'll immediately wish you had the recipe and could make it at home. Well, you do, and you can. The trick is quickly dunking the cornstarch-coated chicken cubes in a wok of bubbling oil, to build up a crust before stir-frying all of the ingredients together. The result is a plate of glistening chiles and compelling crisp chicken pieces.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 2 to 3 servings

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  • 3 chicken thighs, skin-on, about 12 ounces

For the Marinade:

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons light soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon water

To Stir-Fry:

  • 1/3 cup oil

  • 3 cloves garlic

  • 1/2-inch chunk ginger, thinly sliced

  • About 10 dried red chiles

  • 1 teaspoon whole Sichuan peppercorns

  • 1 bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch squares


  1. Cut the chicken 1/2 cubes. Mix with the marinade ingredients and set aside.

  2. Heat wok over high heat. Add 1/3 cup oil and place all of the chicken into the oil, stirring gently to fry the meat. Cook until chicken is lightly browned, then remove the chicken from the oil and set aside. Pour off a few tablespoons of the oil; leave about 3 tablespoons left in the wok.

  3. Heat the wok over high heat until it's almost smoking. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the chiles and Sichuan pepper and stir-fry for a few seconds until they are fragrant, taking care not to burn them.

  4. Add the green bell peppers to the wok and stir-fry until they are tender-crisp.

  5. Add the chicken back to the wok and continue to stir-fry for 30 seconds, until the ingredients are well-combined. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
314 Calories
21g Fat
12g Carbs
22g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 314
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 749mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 55mg 277%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 461mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)