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A plate of Szechuan chicken with chopsticks on the side.

Chinese Szechuan Chili Chicken

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Created by Mariam E.
This Szechuan Chicken is a spicy stir fry that features tender pieces of chicken with bell peppers and snow peas, all tossed together with a sweet and spicy sauce.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2 servings


To prepare the Szechuan sauce:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 1 tsp ginger finely chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp red chili flakes
  • ¾ tsp black peppercorn fresh ground
  • ½ tsp salt

To prepare the chicken stir fry:

  • 2 tbsp oil divided
  • 1 lb chicken tenders cubed
  • ½ cup yellow bell pepper cubed
  • ½ cup red bell pepper cubed
  • ½ cup snow peas cut diagonally
  • ½ cup green onions cut into 1 inch size
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  • Prepare the szechuan sauce by combining the szechuan sauce ingredients to a bowl and set aside.
  • Heat a medium skillet with a tablespoon of oil, add the chicken cubes and cook for 2-3 minutes until light golden and transfer the chicken pieces to a plate.
  • To the same skillet add the remaining tablespoon of oil; add the peppers and snow peas and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir the chicken back into the skillet along with the schezwan sauce and cook for 5-6 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thickened.
  • Finally add the green onions and sesame seeds, toss it and serve.


  • If you prefer more sauce to drizzle over top, you can easily double or triple the sauce ingredients in the recipe.
  • To make this spicier, add more red chili flakes and sriracha.
  • Make this vegetarian by swapping the chicken for tofu cubes.
  • You can add more vegetables such as mushrooms, broccoli, and/or carrots to the stir fry if you prefer.
  • For an added crunch, you can add peanuts, cashews, or sliced almonds.
  • You can mix together the Szechuan sauce ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.


Calories: 502kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1956mg | Potassium: 1222mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1979IU | Vitamin C: 140mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 3mg
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