Hunan / Xiang cuisines is one of the eight great traditions of Chinese Cuisine. Cooking techniques are very common but it is well known for its deep colour, fresh aroma, little oily and spicy hot flavour. Chilli peppers, shallots and garlic are liberally used in this cuisine, which is famous for being dry hot as opposed to Sichuan cuisine, to which it is often compared. Everything from the preparation to the presentation is more involved with Hunan cooking. Flavours are developed over time therefore creating a tastier dish. Hunan Chicken is a sweet and spicy dish where fried chicken pieces coated with sweet and spicy sauce and peanuts add some extra flavour.
INGREDIENTS:500 gm Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Cut into chunks
1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Cornflour
FOR THE SAUCE:1/2 Cup Roasted Peanuts
1 Small Onion (chopped)
3-4 Pods of Garlic (minced)
1/2 tsp Minced Ginger
1/3 Cup Chicken Broth
1 tbsp Tomato Puree
1 tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce
2 tsp Dark Soy Sauce
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 Dried Red Pepper (chopped)
1 tsp Sugar
1/3 Cup Chopped Green Onions (optional, I didn't use)
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds (for decoration)
Oil for Frying
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
Salt to taste
In a bowl, whisk eggs and cornflour untill smooth. In a medium sized bowl, combine chicken pieces, lemon juice and little salt. Add egg-cornflour mixture in it. Mix nicely. Keep marinated chicken aside for 15 minutes.
Dry roast sesame seeds, till a nice aroma comes out. Remove from heat and set it aside.
Heat 3-4 tbsp Oil in a wok. Shallow fry chicken pieces in batches till it fully cooked. Drain on paper towel.
Meanwhile, combine chicken broth, tomato puree, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Mix thoroughly.
Heat 1 tbsp sesame oil in a seperate wok. Add minced garlic, ginger, chopped red pepper and saute for 10 seconds on high heat. Add onion in it, saute till it turns into translucent. Pour sauce mixture in it, let it cook on very low heat for 6-7 minutes.
Add peanuts, saute for 2 minutes. Mix fried chicken pieces in it, toss well. Sprinkle chopped green onions (optional) and sesame seeds in it. Turn off the heat now.
Serve hot with tossed noodles.
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