Szechwan Chicken And Peanuts

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 864


1 pound chicken breast boneless, skin removed
2 tablespoons sherry or sake
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons parsley minced
3 to 4 cloves garlic minced
6 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable
1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
2 to 3 red hot chili peppers small dried, crushed* (remove seeds for less
1 tablespoon green onion sliced
1 tablespoon ginger root minced
1 cup peanut dry roasted
2 quarts water
1 (7-ounce) package oriental noodle
1/4 pound spinach leaves, rinsed and stemmed


Cut chicken into 1/2 -inch cubes.

In a medium bowl, blend wine, cornstarch and salt until smooth. Add chicken and toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

In a medium bowl, stir peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar, 2 tablespoons water, parsley, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the oil and hot pepper sauce until well blended. Cover and set aside.

In a wok or a heavy 10-inch skillet over high heat, heat 3 tablespoons of the oil until very hot. Add chicken and red peppers all at once. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Remove to a plate set aside.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil and stir-fry green onion and gingerroot for 15 seconds. Return chicken and peppers to skillet. Stir-fry until chicken is lightly browned.

Szechwan Chicken and Peanuts
Add peanuts and 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter mixture, stirring until peanuts and chicken are coated with sauce. Mound in center of serving platter. Cover and keep warm.

In a 4-quart saucepot over medium-high heat, bring 2 quarts water to a rapid boil. Add noodles, return to a boil stir several times and cook for 2 minutes. During last 30 seconds, add spinach and cook just until limp. Drain well. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter mixture.

To serve, arrange noodles and spinach around chicken mixture. Serve remaining peanut butter mixture separately.

*One-fourth to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper can be used if you prefer.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 4
Total Calories: 864
Calories from Fat: 486

This Szechwan Chicken And Peanuts recipe is from the Fixin' Chicken 101 Ways Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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