There are many variations of this recipe. Here is one of the better ones I occasionally
make. Please note that this is not kung pao chicken which usually uses Szechuan
peppercorns and the chicken is stir-fried rather than fried. Also, not all Szechuan
chicken dishes used fried chicken. Hope you enjoy this.
6 to 12, or more, dried Szechuan peppers, depending on how hot you like your food*
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon ginger, minced
3 tablespoons minced green onions (green part only)
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts (approximation, optional)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with equal amount of water (used to thicken sauce)
1 1/2 tablespoons sizzling hot oil (used to give sauce clear, glossy look)
1 1/2 cups cornstarch
1 whole egg, plus one egg yolk
1 cup water
* Substitute with regular if light not available
**I use six because my 5 year old daughter has low heat tolerance (smile).
At least 5 hours before you cook this dish, cut your whole chicken breast CROSSWISE
into thin slightly-thicker-than-domino strips. Sprinkle salt and garlic powder evenly
over chicken strips. Next, add water followed by cornstarch. Gently massage chicken
strips for 2-3 minutes until chicken strips are covered with very thin white film.
Add egg white and mix in with fingers for one minute or so. Set in fridge. Egg white
and cornstarch along with water will make meat very tender.
When you are ready to start cooking, mix together soy sauces, oyster sauce and
chicken broth. You may have to add about 1/4 cup water, or a little more, depending
on how how salty your soy sauces are. BE SURE TO TASTE FOR SALTINESS.
Heat about 3 to 4 inches of vegetable oil or shortening to 350 to 360 degrees
Beat water, egg yolk and whole egg. Remove your chicken strips from fridge. Place
chicken in egg wash. Once you have done this, coat chicken strips with cornstarch.
Set aside for a couple of minutes to allow breading to dry (key step in ensuring
cornstarch adheres to meat during frying cycle).
Drop chicken strips into hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes. Do not fry much
longer than this or meat will be dry. Remove chicken from oil and set on paper towel-covered
plate. Next, heat 2 tablespoon oil until hot. Throw in garlic, ginger and dried
peppers. Cook for about 30 seconds, by which point you will feel the garlic and
dried pepper aroma assaulting your nostrils (smile). Add soy sauce mixture, followed
by wine. Stir, allow to simmer for a minute or so before adding cornstarch mixed
with water and reducing heat. Sauce will start to thicken fairly quickly, during
which point you can add the sizzling hot oil used to fry chicken.
The last steps involve quickly returning chicken back to wok and mixing it with
sauce. Next, add minced green onion and stir quickly before adding peanuts (optional).
Drizzle sesame oil over sauce, quickly stir and remove mixture from wok.
Serve over white rice.
Posted by Cookin Dad at Recipe Goldmine 9/22/02 9:25:22 am.