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szechuan chicken over rice on white plate with green onion

Szechuan Chicken

  • Author: Melissa Riker
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: main course
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Szechuan Chicken is a sweet and spicy chicken stir fry dish that can be made in just 20 minutes! It's perfect for serving over rice and noodles for a fast weeknight meal!


Units Scale
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 green onions, sliced diagonally
  • long grain rice, cooked


  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes.
  2. Place chicken cubes into a plastic bag and add cornstarch. Seal and shake to coat.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  4. Brown the chicken on all sides, stirring often.
  5. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds before adding soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and water.
  6. Cover and simmer 4-5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Stir in green onion and cayenne pepper and cook additional 2 minutes.
  8. Serve over rice.

Keywords: szechuan chicken

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