"Mouthwatering" Sichuan Chicken

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Prep Time

5 mins

Cook Time

6-7 mins

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Mouthwatering Sichuan Chicken is a flavorful dish originating from the Sichuan province in southwestern China, known for its bold and spicy flavors. Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Sichuan cuisine without taking the hours-long trip with this simplified recipe! Gentle microwaves cook the chicken to tender perfection, while allowing the vibrant Sichuan spices to infuse every bite. Marinate the chicken overnight for best results — planning for this recipe yields better flavor and an easy shortcut at mealtime!

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What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Medium Shallow Dish

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The Medium Shallow Dish


  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup (60ml) chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon black vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns, crushed
  • 12 oz (2-3 pieces) boneless, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons chili oil
  • 2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced for garnish (optional)


  1. Place the ginger, garlic, chicken stock, soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, salt, and Sichuan pepper in the Anyday Dish and stir to combine. For best results, marinate the chicken in the cooking liquid overnight for extra flavor.
  2. Add the chicken tossing to coat, arranging the thighs skin-side up.
  3. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook for 6-7 minutes, or until the liquid is hot and the chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add the chili oil and mix well. Top with scallions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Substitute the chicken for tofu or a hearty white fish.
  • Enjoy over rice, steamed veggies, or noodles.
  • For a faster cook time, chop the chicken thighs into 1” pieces.

Recipe notes

  • Marinate the chicken in the cooking liquid overnight for extra flavor.
  • If you want it less spicy, omit the Sichuan peppercorns.
  • If black vinegar is not available, use rice or red wine vinegar.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed