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Monday, 11 April 2016

Sichuan Boneless Chicken: Philips Airfryer Recipe

Chinese cuisine is hands-down the favorite in my family whenever we decide to eat out. I have tried to recreate some of our favorite recipes at home and I can say that no one was really disappointed.
The cuisine of Sichuan province in Southwestern China has become quite popular  in recent years. Here is a typical Sichuanese dish with a hard hitting sauce combining hot, sweet sour and salty flavors. The sauce also goes well with Turkey, pork or small meatballs. The best part - it is quick and easy to make.Don't we all just love that!!
Instead of deep frying the chicken in oil, I have used the Philips Airfyer to cook it (trying my best to save on calories in any possible way), but you like, you can go ahead and either stir fry or deep fry the chicken to cook it.
On one of my excursions to Costco, I was thrilled to find this great Nordic Ware 14" Asian wok. For $14.99 I think it was a deal. Even though it is non-stick it gives a nice sear to the noodles. I have also tried some fried rice and vegetables and they both got cooked with great consistency. 
You can serve the Sichuan Chicken with fried rice or Hakka noodles.

This recipe has also been published inThe Urban Spice.com.
Recipe adapted from "A Wok for all seasons" by Celebrity Chef Martin Yan
Serves 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 

Marinade
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp cornstarch
4 Tbsp beaten egg
1/2 tsp all purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste  
4 chicken breast halves, skinned, boned and cut into 1/4" strip

Sichuan spicy sauce
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp shao Hsing wine or dry sherry
4 tsp rice vinegar 
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
1/4 tsp sugar

To make the chicken:
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1 green onion (including the top leaves) thinly sliced 
6 whole dried red chilli peppers
1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 2 tsp water

Method
Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl. Add the chicken and stir to coat.
Set aside for 30 minutes. 
Preheat Philips Airfryer to 360 F. Place the chicken in the airfryer basket and cook for 6 minutes. 
Raise the temperature to 390 F and cook for 4 more minutes till the chicken is brown and crispy. Remove chicken and keep aside
Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk to mix and keep aside.
Add the remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, garlic, ginger, green onion and chilli peppers and cook stirring until fragrant for about 5 seconds.
Stir in the sauce and bring to a boil.

Add in the cornstarch and boil till the sauce starts to thicken slightly. 

Add in the Stir-fried chicken and stir to coat completely in the sauce.

Serve warm with noodles or fried rice. 

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