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Szechuan Chicken has the most delicious sweet sauce with just the right amount of heat to tingle on your tongue. Serve with your favorite rice or noodles to enjoy this family favorite meal. 

Szechuan chicken and rice in a black bowl.

Asian cuisine is seriously a favorite. Our family simply can’t get enough General Tso Chicken, Sesame Chicken, and Beef Lo Mein. But our absolute favorite right now is Szechuan Chicken. The sauce is so stinkin’ good, with just the right amount of heat, and you can always add to the veggies if you want a more even ratio of chicken to veggies. It just doesn’t get any better than an easy, customizable and delicious dinner like this. 

Szechuan Chicken is not an authentic Chinese recipe, but rather a typical American version of Chinese-American takeout restaurants. The Stay At Home Chef uses ingredients that are easily accessible for most people in the United States and Canada so that anyone can easily celebrate world cuisines even if their opportunities for travel or access to regional ingredients are limited.

  • Meat Options:

    This sauce and veggie combo can go with just about anything! If you want to change it up, try sliced steak or even shrimp. For our vegetarian audience, this would be fantastic with tofu.

  • Spice Level:

    Szechuan chicken is meant to be pretty spicy. We find it has a moderate heat, but isn’t too uncomfortably spicy. If you are particularly heat sensitive, you might want to reduce the red pepper flakes. If you want a really strong kick, consider subbing out the sesame oil with hot sesame oil.

  • Serving Suggestions:

    Serve with a generous side of steamed rice or udon noodles.

  • Make Ahead Instructions:

    This dish is best made and eaten fresh. However, to save on time you can always make the sauce and slice your vegetables ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

  • Storage and Reheating Instructions:

    Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in a skillet on the stovetop over medium-low heat until warmed through.

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Szechuan chicken in a wok.
Overhead view of szechuan chicken and rice in a bowl with chopsticks resting on top.
Simple and saucy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Asian chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tablespoons garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Stir fry

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 pounds chicken cubed
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1 onion medium, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together water, soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, honey, and cornstarch.
  • Cube and place chicken in a bowl with the corn starch, salt and pepper. Toss until chicken is well coated.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Pour in cooking oil and sesame oil and add in chicken.
  • Toss and allow chicken to cook until it starts to brown. About 5 minutes.
  • Add in garlic, onion and bell peppers and let the veggies saute alongside the chicken for another 5 minutes
  • Once veggies have started to soften, add in the sauce mixture and continue to cook over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes. Stir occasionally. Sauce will thicken
  • Serve over rice and garnish with sliced green onions


Calories: 217kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 702mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1179IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: Szechaun Chicken
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