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Szechuan beaten chicken

by Christina Julia

Szechuan beaten chicken

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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  • 2 chicken quarters
  • 1 cucumber, seeded if necessary
  • and cut into matchsticks For the sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onions
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli oil
  • 1โ„2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons smooth peanut
  • butter, creamed with a little sesame oil


  • Bring 1 litre/13โ„4pt water to a rolling boil in a wok or a large heavy
    saucepan. Add the chicken quarters, reduce the heat, cover and poach
    for 30โ€“35 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the wok or pan, and immerse in a bowl of cold
    water for at least 1 hour to cool, ready for shredding.
  • Remove the chicken pieces from the bowl, drain and pat dry with kitchen
    paper. Take the meat off the bones. On a flat work surface, pound the
    chicken with a rolling pin, then tear the meat into shreds using two forks.
    Mix the chicken with the cucumber, and arrange in a serving dish.
  • To serve, mix together all the sauce ingredients until thoroughly
    combined, and pour over the chicken and cucumber in the serving dish


Sesame oil is very pungent and strong-tasting, so a little of it goes a long way. Use sparingly, adding just a very little at a time, when creaming with the peanut butter, so that it does not overpower the other flavours. You should not need more than a teaspoon or so.

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