Preparation time: 20 min
Cooking time: 15 min
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons shaoxing cooking wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1 1/2 pounds)
1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
3/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts or cashews
2 whole scallions, thinly sliced
4 whole dried Chinese red peppers
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon cornstarch
In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, wine, vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil. Dice the chicken and toss it in the marinade.
Heat a wok or skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the oil. Lightly fry the peanuts for about 1 minute and remove. Add the scallions, red peppers, and garlic. Stir-fry for about 20 seconds. Just before adding to the pan, coat the chicken in the cornstarch.
Fry until the chicken is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes (depending on the pan and the heat). Return the peanuts to the pan and mix thoroughly to combine with the chicken. Serve immediately with white rice.