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Chicken Szechwan-Style with Sesame Paste

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Category: Chinese, Poultry

 Ingredients List

  • 2 Whole chicken beasts,
  • -skinned and boned
  • 2 tb Szechwan peppercorns
  • 4 tb Sesame paste
  • 3 tb Green tea
  • 2 tb Wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 ts Soy sauce
  • 3 tb Peanut oil
  • 2 ts Crushed red pepper *
  • 3 sl Fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 Scallion (white part only),
  • -chopped
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced fine
  • 1 1/2 tb Dry sherry or Shaoshing wine
  • 1/2 ts Cayenne pepper


* or you substitute 2 whole chili peppers, crushed.

In a pot, poach the chicken breasts in a little boiling water for 10
minutes until white and opaque.

In a dry frying pan, toast the Szechwan peppercorns over moderate heat,
then crust or grind them; set aside.

Remove the chicken breasts from the pot, drain and cool them. Slice them,
then shred the slices into julienne pieces.

In a mixing bowl, combine the sesame paste and green tea (or the peanut
butter and sesame oil See NOTE). Add the vinegar and soy sauce; blend
well. Add the peanut oil, red pepper, ginger, scallion, garlic, sherry,
cayenne pepper, and the peppercorns. Mix all ingredients very well.

Toss the chicken strips in this sauce, to coat. Refrigerate until 20
minutes before serving. Pass the chicken and the lettuce leaves separately,
and let each guest place a small portion of the chicken in the middle of a
lettuce leaf and roll it up like an egg roll to eat using fingers. Makes 6
appetizer servings.

NOTE: The authentic recipe calls for green tea to thin the sesame seed
paste, but you may substitute chicken broth, or simply water, if you

Another substitution you may make if you wish is peanut butter for the
sesame seed paste along with sesame oil instead of green tea.

This dish is served cold or at room temperature and can be made a day

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