Chili-Fried Chicken

Chili-Fried Chicken

It is spicy, numbing and fragrant.

  • Salty
  • Spicy
  • Sweet

If you like a spicy & hot dish, you can't miss this chili fried chicken smothered with a bunch of chili pepper and peppercorn.



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Dice Chicken Thigh

I used 3 boneless and skinless chicken thighs, about 1.5 lbs for serving 2 people. But you can also use chicken thigh with skin.

Dice chicken into about 1 inch cubes on each side. Try to cut evenly, so that they will cook evenly later.

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Marinate Chicken

Move chicken to a big bowl, add 2 tbsp of cooking wine, 2 tbsp. of soy sauce, 2 tbsp. of corn starch and 1/2 tsp. of salt.
Mix them well.

Marinate for 20 minutes.

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Scissor Chili Pepper and Prepare Other Ingredients

I bought chili pepper as above in a local Chinese grocery store. I find the similar chili online, link up above.

Using about 2 cups of dried chili pepper, scissor each chili pepper in half.
Then prepare 4 cloves of garlic and 4 pieces of ginger, chop them in small pieces.

Next, we need 1 star anise, break it off in pieces.
Also prepare 1 tbsp. of sugar, 2 tsp. of peppercorn and 1 tbsp. of sesame.

*Note: Feel free to reduce the amount of chili pepper based on how hot you can eat.

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Fry Chicken

Use a large pan, turn on the heat to high. About 10 seconds later, the pan should be hot.
Then add canola oil, the amount of oil should be enough to cover all the chicken.

* Note: If you are still not sure the amount, you can add more. Do not worry about wasting oil, because we can use it to cook other dishes later.

So when the oil is hot, add chicken to the pan.

*Tips: If you have a chop stick, put one side in the oil, if some small bubbles are around the stick, it means it is the right temperature.

I fried about 8-10 minutes, the chicken turned to nice golden brown. Then it is time to take them out and set on the paper towel.

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Fry Chili Pepper

Use the same pan, only leave around 1 tbsp. of oil in the pan.

On low heat, add garlic and ginger, stir until fragrant.

Then add chili pepper, peppercorn and star anise, keep stirring about 4 minutes or until majority of chili pepper start to burn a little.

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Add Chicken Again

Add fried chicken to the pan, stir for 1 minutes.

*Note: Keep on low heat or the chili pepper will burn.

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Season with Sugar and Sesame

Add sugar to taste, if it is not salty enough, you can add more salt. Stir for 30 seconds.

Then add sesame, stir another 30 seconds.

Now it's done. Remove from the heat.

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Plate Your Dish and Enjoy!

If you love spicy food, this must be your favorite. You can eat it with rice and other vegetables to reduce the hot feeling.

Sandy Z.

My name is Sandy I'm just a Chinese girl living in the US and I love food! I absolutely love bringing unique Chinese flavors and dishes to everyone's table. Feel free to try out a few recipes! New Food for a New Mood!

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Adjust Servings:
1.5 lbs Chicken Thigh 3 boneless and skinless chicken thighs
2 oz. Dried Chili Pepper 2 cups
2 tbsp. Cooking Wine
2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 tbsp. Corn Starch
1 tsp. Sugar
2 tsp. Peppercorn
1 tbsp. Sesame
1 Star Anise
4 cloves Garlic
Canola Oil
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