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5 from 3 votes

Szechuan Chicken

This Szechuan Chicken is better than take-out! It is easy, only takes thirty minutes to make, and you can throw in whatever vegetables you have in your refrigerator this week. If your family is craving chicken Szechuan style, this is the recipe for you! 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chicken szechuan style, schezwan chicken, szechuan chicken
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound of chicken sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chile paste
  • 2 TBSPs corn starch
  • sliced water chestnuts optional
  • bamboo shoots optional


  • Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Heat the olive oil and then add the chicken, stirring until no longer pink on the outside, about 5 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, mix the soy sauce, water, garlic, ginger, sugar, chile paste, and then whisk in the corn starch.
  • Once the chicken has finished cooking, add the mushrooms and red peppers and cook until they are soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour the mixed sauce over the meat and vegetables and cook until it has thickened, a few minutes.
  • Stir in the sliced water chestnuts and bamboo shoots if using.
  • Serve over rice.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 997mg | Potassium: 602mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 950IU | Vitamin C: 57.8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.3mg