Szechuan Chicken

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Fantastic Chinese dish, so easy to make and relatively cheap. Very, very tasty.

Preparation time: 15
Cooking time: 15

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 4


* 4 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, about 7 ounces each
* 2 egg whites
* 2 tablespoons cornstarch
* Sauce:
* 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
* 2 slices ginger, minced, to form 1 tablespoon
* Other:
* 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


Cut the chicken breasts into thin strips.
Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside. Whisk the cornstarch into the egg whites. Coat the chicken strips in the cornstarch mixture. Heat 1 cup oil in the wok. Cook the chicken strips briefly in the hot oil until they turn white. Remove the chicken and drain on paper towels. Clean out the wok and add 1 tablespoon oil. When the oil is hot, add the carrots. Stir-fry briefly and add the peppers.
Mix the sauce in with the vegetables.
Return the chicken to the wok.
Stir-fry 1 to 2 more minutes. Stir in the green onions. Serve with rice.


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