Recipe: Szechuan Spicy Chicken (La Zi Ji Ding)

Recipe courtesy of Asian Food Network

A popular spicy dried chilli pepper chicken dish. There is a lovely description of the dish saying that you need to find the chicken among the chilli peppers!


  • Serves two people
  • 4 pcs boneless chicken leg
  • (cut into 1" cubes)
  • ½ lemon (juiced)
  • 1 ½ tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 5 slices ginger
  • 3 stalks spring onion (white part sliced & green part cut into 1" length)
  • 1 tbsp szechuan peppercorn
  • 20 pcs dried chilli (pre-soaked & cut into quarters)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sugar (to taste)
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds


1) Marinate chicken

  • In a bowl, marinate chicken with lemon juice, ginger, light soy sauce and salt.
  • Set aside for about 15mins.

2) Fry chicken

  • In a pan, heat oil and deep fry chicken over medium high heat for 6-7 minutes until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain and set aside

3) Fry spices and chicken

  • Heat pan with 50ml of the deep frying oil on medium heat and add in the garlic, ginger, white part of spring onion and stir fry till fragrant.
  • Add in Szechuan peppercorn and dried chilli to stir-fry over medium low heat until fragrant.
  • Add in the chicken, water, sugar and stir fry till water evaporates.
  • Add the green part spring onions, and sesame seeds and toss over high heat for a minute.
  • Plate and serve!
How to make amazing Szechuan Spicy Chicken (La Zi Ji Ding).
Photo credit: Asian Food Network

Chef tips:

  • You can replace chicken with pork cubes, chicken skin, pig skin etc.
  • Try it with oyster mushroom cubes for a vegetarian version.

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