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Szechuan chicken with vegetables and chili peppers in a skillet.

Szechuan Chicken

This Szechuan chicken is a spicy stir fry made with tender pieces of chicken and colorful vegetables, all tossed in a sweet and savory sauce. A classic Chinese style dish that tastes just as good as what you'd get at a restaurant!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 295kcal
Author Sara Welch


For the stir fry

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 25 small dried red chilies
  • 1 tablespoon sichuan peppercorns optional
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce

  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth


  • Place the chicken in a bowl with the corn starch and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over high heat.
  • Place the chicken in a single layer in the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown. You may have to do this step in batches.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan. Cover to keep warm.
  • Add the onion and red and green bell peppers to the pan. Stir in the chilies and sichuan peppercorns. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  • Add the garlic and ginger to the pan; cook for an additional 30 seconds. Return the chicken to the pan with the vegetables.
  • While the chicken and vegetables are cooking, make the sauce. Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Add the sauce to the chicken mixture and bring to a boil; cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until sauce is just thickened. Serve immediately.



Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 173mg | Sodium: 788mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g