Sichuan Spicy Three Pepper Chicken
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Three Pepper Chicken is made from three peppers = 1) Long hot peppers 2) dried red chilis and 3) Sichuan numbing peppercorns. These three peppers are stir fried with crispy wok fried chicken in a spicy red chili oil and caramelized bits of ginger and garlic.
Recipe type: Chicken and Poultry
Cuisine: Chinese
Serves: 2 to 4 servings
For the marinade:
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon spicy bean paste
Other ingredients:
  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
  • 2½ tablespoons oil
  • 2 long hot green peppers, de-seeded and cut into ½ sections
  • 2 long hot red peppers, de-seeded and cut into ½ sections
  • salt, to taste
  • 5 dried red chili peppers, whole or cut into thirds (cut them if you like your food spicier)
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together all the marinade ingredients. Toss the chicken in the marinade and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of oil in your wok over high heat until smoking. Add the long hot peppers and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the peppers are tender but still a little crisp. You want to see some scorch marks on the outside of the peppers. Add a pinch of salt. Remove the peppers from the wok and set aside.
  3. Add another tablespoon of oil to your wok over high heat. Add the chicken to the pan in a single layer. Don’t stir. You want to get a good, crisp sear on the chicken. Brown the chicken until it’s cooked through. Take it out of the wok and set aside.
  4. Let the wok cool down a bit. Now add a ½ tablespoon of oil to the wok over low heat. Add the dried chili peppers, peppercorns, and garlic. Stir for 2 minutes to toast everything together. Turn the heat back to high and add the peppers, chicken, and soy sauce. Stir everything together for a minute and serve!
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Serving size: Serves 2
Recipe by The Woks of Life at