"Szechuan" Chicken With Tabasco Sauce

Szechuan Chicken
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Ratings (5)
  • Total: 17 mins
  • Prep: 7 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1136 Calories
89g Fat
26g Carbs
56g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This spicy chicken recipe gets its heat from Tabasco sauce, cayenne pepper and crushed chilies. Parboiling or "oil poaching" the chicken in hot oil helps make it extra tender.


  • 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless, about 7 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons Shao Xing rice wine (dry sherry or cooking wine)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried red chilies (or to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 egg whites
  • 4 carrots (cut into thin strips)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (sliced)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon​ vegetable oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels.

  3. Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips. (Partially freeze chicken breasts first to make this easier.)

  4. Combine the rice wine, Worcestershire, Tobasco, sesame oil soy sauce, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, dried red chilies and ginger in a small bowl and set aside.

  5. Whisk the cornstarch into the egg whites.

  6. Coat the chicken strips in the cornstarch mixture.

  7. Heat 1 cup oil in the wok. Cook the chicken strips briefly in the hot oil until they turn white.

  8. Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels.

  9. Clean out the wok and add 1 tablespoon oil. When the oil is hot, add the carrots.

  10. Stir-fry briefly and add the peppers.

  11. Make a well in the middle of the wok and add the sauce.

  12. Heat briefly, then mix the sauce in with the vegetables.

  13. Return the chicken to the wok. Stir-fry 1 to 2 more minutes.

  14. Stir in the green onions.

  15. Serve with rice.