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Chinese Pepper Chicken

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A celebration of Chinese flavours and with serious comfort factor, this speedy stir-fry is ready to dive into in well under half an hour – with plenty of minutes to spare! I love how the savoury, peppery flavours are king in this dish – so satisfying.

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CHINESE PEPPER CHICKEN

PREP TIME

10 minutes
COOK TIME

10 minutes
SERVES

4
Ingredients

400g (14 oz) chicken thigh fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces

½ cup corn flour (cornstarch)

1 onion, diced

1 red capsicum, deseeded and diced

vegetable oil for shallow frying, plus 1 tbsp extra

 

Black pepper sauce:

1 tbsp whole Sichuan peppercorns

1 tbsp whole black peppercorns

¼ cup oyster sauce

2 tbsp Chinese Shaoxing wine

1 tsp sweet dark soy sauce

 

Marinade:

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 garlic clove, finely grated

Steps
Step 1

Combine the chicken with the marinade ingredients. Set aside for later.

Step 2

Place the Sichuan peppercorns in a dry frying pan over high heat. Cook, shaking the pan, for 2 minutes or until the peppercorns are fragrant and just starting to smoke. Transfer to a mortar along with the black peppercorns. Grind to a fine powder.

Step 3

Mix 1 tbsp of the peppercorn powder with the oyster sauce, Shaoxing wine and sweet dark soy sauce. Keep the remaining peppercorn powder in an air-tight container and use to season anything from pan-fried chicken to grilled prawns.

Step 4

Add about a centimetre of oil to the base of a wok or frying pan over high heat. When the oil is hot, toss half the marinated chicken in the corn flour and cook in the oil for 3-4 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Drain on paper towel. Repeat with the remaining chicken and flour.

Step 5

Heat the 1 tablespoon of oil in a large wok or frying pan over high heat. Add the onion and capsicum and stir-fry for a minute. Add the chicken and the peppercorn sauce and stir-fry until well combined. Serve immediately.

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Andrea
October 31, 2022

Tonight's donner

Made this for dinner tonight and my word it was yum. No talking just eating. The only thing I changed was to use roasted red peppers from a jar as I like the softer consistency.

A real hit and east too. 😊

Chris
October 25, 2022

Awesome meal

Loved the pepper mix , everything worked well together.

Zubeida
September 27, 2022

Quick and Delicious

Easy to make and delivers on taste.

Family favourite

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