Szechuan Chicken

2014 was a fairly good year for me and I entered the New Year with a lot of positive thoughts swimming through my smart and pretty head. And one among them was that I would loose the few extra kgs that had tormented me all through the past year. So determined was I that I even briefly wondered whether I should go to bed in my workout clothes on New Year's Eve, so I could head straight to the gym when the sun came up. OK, I might be exaggerating, I couldn't possibly have gone to the gym before drinking my glass of warm water with lemon and honey, followed by green tea and few more glasses of water which were all to be part of my new diet plan.

Szechuan Chicken

INGREDIENTS
To deep fry chicken

  • strips, 600 grams Chicken breast, cut into long
  • Sunflower Oil, to deep fry
  • 1 tsp Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tsp Soy sauce
  • 1 Egg

To taste Salt

  • 3 tablespoons Cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon Plain flour

For sauce

  • 3 tablespoons Spring onion greens, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Chopped garlic
  • 1 Green chili, chopped
  • 5 Dried whole red chilies
  • 5 Dried red chilies each broken into pieces
  • 1 Onion, chopped

STEPS
To deep fry chicken
  • Mix together all ingredients to deep fry chicken except chicken and oil. Add chicken pieces and mix well with hands so the chicken strips are coated well with the marinade. Let it rest for fifteen minutes.
  • Heat oil in a wok over high flame. Once the oil is hot, lower the flame a bit, add chicken pieces and fry to a crispy golden brown. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and keep aside. (Fry chicken in batches if required.)
To make sauce
  • To make the schezwan sauce, soak 5 dried red chilies in hot water for about 15 minutes. Remove stalks, and grind the soaked chilies to a smooth paste.
  • Transfer all the oil in which chicken was fried to a container except for about 3 tablespoons. Saute chopped garlic and spring onion greens in the wok till fragrant. Add green chili and the remaining dried red chili pieces and saute till color starts to change. Toss in chopped onion and saute till translucent. Add one tablespoon of the red chili paste made earlier and fry over a low flame for a couple of minutes. Mix in soy sauce, chili sauce, tomato sauce, vinegar and saute. Season as required. Pour in water and bring to boil. Finally mix in fried chicken strips and sugar and warm through till the sauce is thick and coats the chicken.
  • Garnish with spring onions and serve hot.