Szechuan Chicken Hot Dish (with Miracle Noodles)

Recipes

Jan 08

Don’t you hate recipes that start out with the author’s autobiography? Well, I’m not about to do that, only to say that you and I are learning together. Yes, I’ve loved to cook but now that I’m trying new things, I will pass on to you what I’ve learned. In this piece, you will learn frying tips that will keep your foods from sticking to the pan. Additionally, frying carbs produces acrylamides which are carcinogenic. Obviously, you can avoid them (in this recipe) by frying your chicken without the corn starch coating, or you can supplement with Swanson Chlorophyllin & Mint 500 Chwbls after the meal. These counter the effects of your fried carbs.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 3 packs of Angel Hair Miracle Noodles (You may choose any miracle noodle product you like.)
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I use red onion)
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces (I used an orange bell pepper)
  • 25 small dried red chilies (these are hot, so use depending on your tastes)
  • 1 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (how to make your own at that link)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Swerve brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth

To congeal the hot dish (and make it a tad healthier) : mix the following into the sauce which is poured over the whole dish.

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Frying Tips

We’re going to coat the chicken bits with corn starch and damn if it kept sticking to the pan . . . until I talked to a chef who gave me the following tips.

Do not use non stick pans. There is no good news concerning the coatings used. However, one of the best pans for frying are your well-seasoned cast iron ones. Caring for that pan is another thing you must do, and never use soap on it. Another suggestion is a very expensive pan by Misen (and we’re still waiting for them to accept our affiliate application). It comes with a specific substance you coat the pan with after cleaning, and never use a steel or coper scrubber on it. I bought one and it is fantastic.

However, most everyone has a nice steel pan and here’s why things stick.

There are microscopic cracks in the pan, and when heated, these cracks expand with the metal. That’s where the food gets stuck.

Thus, you want to heat the pan first, then add your oil or butter which will fill the cracks. You don’t want the oil to smoke, so you’ll want to test when it’s ready to add your coated chicken. So keep one piece of chicken uncoated on a fork, and test the oil by dipping the chicken into it and when it starts to bubble upon hitting the oil, you’re ready to add your coated chicken.

Another thing is do not try to stir the chicken in the pan until the coated side is completely cooked. Then, using a spatula, metal or plastic, doesn’t matter, you can flip the pieces over to fry them thoroughly.

Preparation of the Miracle Noodles

I get a lot of complaints that these things are slippery and nothing sticks to them, and that’s because they haven’t been properly prepared.

You can boil them first for about a minute or so, or simply rinse them in hot water. You simply want to get the liquid they’ve been stored in washed away.

Then we fry them. This is simply to remove all the excess water so that your sauces can be absorbed by the noodle.

For this recipe, you may use any Miracle Noodle product, even their rice.

The secret to frying and drying them is to constantly move them about with a spatula, flip them, etc. You’ll know when they are done when they begin to “screech” when moving them about the pan. You see, they’re starting to stick because they are drying. And that’s it.

Directions

Remove the fried chicken and place into a warm oven to keep them warm.

You might need a bit more oil in the pan for frying up the veggies. Add everything to the pan (except your sauce) and give them a light frying. We prefer our vegies a bit crunchy.

Then add the chicken (you can heat the oven to 350 at this time) and mix well, and finally add your noodles. Mix it all up thoroughly and pour that into your casserole (we call it hot dish in Minnesota) dish, and then it’s time to add the sauce.

However, the last things you add to your sauce will be the green banana flour and the Konjac flour. Grab your immersion blender and blend it up thoroughly, then pour it evenly over your hot dish.

Place it into your oven and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes.

Toppings

We simply sprinkle chopped cilantro leaves on top, but everyone has their favorite hot dish topping, from fried crispy fried onions, to pine nuts. There’s also breadcrumbs, chow mein noodles, thinly-sliced caramelized onions, and cheese crumbles. Totally up to the chef in the family.

Success

My third try was a delightful success. It was even pretty, and I had wanted to take a picture for the feature image of this page, but it was gone before I thought of whipping out the camera. The person I tested this recipe on told me that she’d order this if she were in a restaurant.

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