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Chicken Stir-fry


  • 3/4 lb Boneless chicken breast
  • 2 ts Dark soy sauce
  • 2 ts Rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 ts Finely chopped ginger root
  • 1 ts Cornstarch
  • 1 ts Sesame oil
  • 1/3 c Peanut oil
  • 2 Dried red chiles; cut in half, lengthwise
  • 1 tb Coarsely chopped fresh orange peel -OR-
  • 2 ts Soaked and coarsely chopped dried citrus peel
  • 1/2 ts Finely ground roasted Szechuan peppercorns optional
  • 2 ts Dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 ts Salt
  • 1 ts Sugar
  • 1/2 ts Sesame oil


Cut chicken into thin slices, 2 inches long, cutting against the grain. Put it into a bowl together with the soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, cornstarch and 1 ts sesame oil. Mix well, let mixture marinate for about 20 minutes. Heat the oil in a wok or large skillet until it is very hot. Remove the chicken from the marinade with a slotted spoon. Add it to the pan and stir-fry it for 2 minutes until it browns. Remove it and leave to drain in a colander or sieve. Pour off most of the oil, leaving about 2 ts. Reheat the pan over a high heat and add the dried chilies. Stir-fry them for 10 seconds, then return the chicken to the pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry for 4 minutes, mixing well. Serve immediately over white rice.
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