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Chicken Szechuan-Style with Sesame Paste

 

29

Yield

6

servings

Prep

20

min

Cook

20

min

Ready

60

min

Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb, Sugar-Free
 

Ingredients

2 whole chicken breasts
skinned and boned
*
2 tablespoons peppercorns
szechuan
4 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
*
3 tablespoons tea leaves
(green)
*
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 ½ teaspoons soy sauce, tamari
3 tablespoons peanut oil
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
crushed
3 slices ginger
fresh, minced
1 each scallions, spring or green onions
(white part only), chopped
1 clove garlic
finely minced
1 ½ tablespoons sherry
dry or, shaoshing wine
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
*
1 x lettuce
leaves, to taste
*

Directions

In a pot, poach the chicken breasts in boiling water for 10 minutes until white and opaque.

In a dry frying pan, toast the Szechuan peppercorns over moderate heat, then crust or grind them; set aside.

Remove the chicken breasts from the pot; drain and cool them.

Slice them, then shred the slices into julienne pieces.

In a mixing bowl, combine the sesame paste and green tea (or the peanut butter and sesame oil -- See NOTE).

Add the vinegar and soy sauce; blend well.

Add the peanut oil, red pepper, ginger, scallion, garlic, sherry, cayenne pepper, and the peppercorns.

Mix all ingredients very well.

Toss the chicken strips in this sauce, to coat.

Refrigerate until 20 minutes before serving.

Pass the chicken and the lettuce leaves separately, and let each guest place a small portion of the chicken in the middle of a lettuce leaf and roll it up like an egg roll to eat using fingers.

Makes 6 appetizer servings.

NOTE: The authentic recipe calls for green tea to thin the sesame seed paste, but you may substitute chicken broth, or simply water, if you prefer.

Another substitution you may make if you wish is peanut butter for the sesame seed paste along with sesame oil instead of green tea.

This dish is served cold or at room temperature and can be made a day ahead .

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 28g (1.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 7284% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 149mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 1% Iron 4%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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