Our take on Szechuan Chicken
Mid-week chicken family dinners can get a bit monotonous. Our favourite quick chicken recipe is an American / Chinese / British fusion of Szechuan Chicken. Spicy Chicken is spicy, crispy, tangy & sweet. It can also be on the table in under an hour yet tastes like you slaved for days. The best part is that no speciality ingredients are required. You can even replace the chicken with Quorn if you would like to make this vegetarian.
Quick Chicken Recipe for mid-week Family Dinners
Spicy Chicken is brilliant for many reasons. First, you can clean up as you go along – load the dishwasher after each step to make clean up is a breeze. Second, it makes four generous portions. Great for having friends round for dinner or dinner for two with two leftovers. Third, the leftovers are delicious reheated in the microwave for 5 – 6 minutes. Finally, it is hearty yet not too heavy. We like to match Spicy Chicken with a light dessert such as Orange Sherbet or Lemon Drizzle Cake.
Customise to your taste
There are many ways to tweak in this recipe to your tastes. Consider making it at least 4 or 5 times to make it your own. It is our take on Szechuan Chicken which is usually known for garlic, onions, chillis and bell peppers. You can try replacing our ingredients with these traditional ones.
Try adjusting the cayenne to change the heat. Some like it sweeter and add a bit more sugar to the sauce. Japanese soy sauce (like Kikkoman) is way too salty for this dish. Amoy Dark Soy Sauce is a better salty / sweet choice. Tenderstem broccoli is a lovely addition (remove one pepper and add 200g tenderstem broccoli). Alternatively, green beans instead of broccoli. Make it your own and this will become a regular mid-week meal.