Chongqing Chicken (Spicy Deep Fried Chicken)

Servings

4

Prep

10 min

Cook

15 min

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Chongqing chicken also known as Laziji which means chili chicken cubes. As the name shows this dish is famous in Chongqing province. The interesting thing about this dish is that there are more chili peppers than the chicken and we need to find the chicken cubes among peppers.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ‏chicken breast, cut it into cubes
  • 1 inch ‏ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ‏sugar
  • 2 cloves ‏garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ‏sesame seeds
  • 3-4 tablespoons ‏sesame oil
  • 2 cups ‏vegetable oil for frying
  • 1 ‏scallion, cut it into cubes

FOR MARINADE

  • 1 teaspoon ‏salt
  • 2 tablespoons ‏soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ‏starch
  • 1 tablespoon ‏apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon ‏rice vinegar

Directions

  1. In a large bowl add all the marinade ingredients along with the chicken cubes. Mix well and set aside
  2. Heat oil in a deep frying pan. Fry the chicken cubes in batches until golden brown. Transfer out the cubes to the paper towel so that the excess oil is absorbed by the towel
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok. Add pepper corns, dry chili followed by garlic, ginger and scallion. Stir fry on low heat until fragrant.
  4. Now add chicken cubes and stir fry on medium heat until chicken cubes turn dark brown in color (it will take 3-4 min)
  5. Turn off the heat. Season with sesame oil, add sugar and sprinkle sesame seeds.

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