Chengtu Chicken
by RAB2E

Chengtu Chicken
Cheng-du Ji

Serves 4

Chengtu is the present capital of Szechwan. Strictly speaking,
Cheng-du Ji should be prepared using only chicken, but it has
become common practice to add bamboo shoots and tomatoes.

1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon tapioca starch
1 1/2 tablespoons rice wine
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 to 2 green onions
1/2 to 1 cup bamboo shoots
1/2 large tomato, or 1 small
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon hot bean sauce
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon szechuan peppercorns, ground
1 tablespoon ketchup, Optional
5 tablespoons cooking oil
cooking oil, for deep frying

Cut the chicken into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Mix the marinade by
combining the starch with the rice wine and soy sauce. Mix with
the chicken and marinate for at least 10 minutes.

Cut the green onion into 1-inch lengths. Cut the bamboo shoot
into thin slices about 2/3-inch wide, 1/8-inch thick and 1-inch
long. Stem and halve the tomato, and cut it into thin wedges.
Chop the ginger and garlic rather finely.

In a bowl, mix the seasonings, first mixing the starch with the
soy sauce and vinegar, adding sugar, salt and finally mixing in
the sesame oil, ground Szechwan pepper and ketchup.

Heat about 2/3 cup of the cooking oil in a wok until very hot.
Add the chicken cubes and stir-fry until the chicken is white.
Remove and drain. (If the heat source is inadequate, it may be
preferable to cook the chicken a few pieces at a time, removing
the cubes as they turn white.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the cooking oil in the wok and stir-fry the
bamboo shoot briefly. Remove and drain.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the cooking oil in the wok until very hot.
Add the hot bean sauce, ginger, garlic and green onion. Stir-cook
until you notice a distinct spicy smell and the ginger and garlic
have absorbed the red color of the hot bean sauce. Add the
prefried chicken and bamboo shoot. Stir briefly until everything
is well mixed and heated. Give the seasoning mix a stir and add
along with the tomato wedges. Stir briefly and let the tomatoes
heat through. Check for salt and remove to a serving dish. Serve

Nutrition (per serving): 376 calories

Saturated fat 2 g
Total Fat 23 g (55% of calories)
Protein 30 g (32% of calories)
Carbohydrates 12 g (12% of calories)

Cholesterol 77 mg Sodium 1194 mg
Fiber 0 g Iron 2 mg
Vitamin A 183 IU Vitamin C 8 mg
Alcohol 1 g

Source: The Good Food of Szechwan
Page(s): 48
Date Published: 1982

Roger Brunelle
University of Ottawa
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