5 from 5 votes
Easy Szechuan Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Quick and simple, this easy Szechuan Chicken Stir Fry recipe is better than take out!

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: szechuan chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 15 red chili peppers, chopped serrano, fresno, red jalapenos would all work well but be mindful of the heat level if you're sensitive to spice.
  • 2 tbsp szechuan peppercorns
  • 6 whole dried red chilis
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp mirin sweet rice wine
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  1. Place the chicken in a large bowl and set aside.

  2. Season the cornstarch with salt and pepper. Pour the cornstarch over the chicken and toss to coat.

  3. Heat the oil in a large wok or skillet over medium high heat. Shake off the excess cornstarch on the chicken and add it to the pan in batches being sure not to crowd the pan.

  4. Cook the chicken until golden brown and no longer pink. Transfer to a platter and repeat with the remaining chicken.

  5. Remove the last of the chicken from the pan and transfer to a platter. 

  6. Add the garlic and ginger to the pan. Cook for 1 minute.

  7. Stir in the red chili peppers.  Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Add the szechuan peppercorns and dry chilis, cook until crisp, approximately 1 minute.

  8. Whisk together the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili garlic sauce, sesame oil and mirin. Pour the sauce into the pan and stir, cooking for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.

  9. Return the chicken to the pan and toss to coat. 

  10. Sprinkle the chicken with the peanuts, scallions and sesame seeds. Serve immediately with rice, if desired.

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Recipe Notes

This recipe can be made up to 24 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.  It reheats beautifully on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Szechuan Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 48mg16%
Sodium 1092mg47%
Potassium 460mg13%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 8.9mg11%
Calcium 63mg6%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.