Szechuan Chicken with Snow Peas

Crispy Szechuan Chicken with snow peas. Making your favorite Chinese takeout at home couldn't be easier plus it's so much healthier. Serve this over rice for the ultimate comfort food fix! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 305 kcal
Author John Kanell


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. chile paste such as sambal olek
  • 1 Tbsp. honey optional
  • Canola oil for frying
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 4 chiles de arbol or other dried chiles, optional
  • 1 tsp. Szechuan peppercorns optional
  • 1 bunch scallions chopped and divided
  • 6 oz. snow peas about 2 cups
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds


  1. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, vinegar, chile paste, and honey, if using. Set aside.
  2. In a large deep skillet or wok, add canola to reach a depth of 1 ½ to 2 inches. Heat over medium-high heat until oil reaches 360.

  3. Meanwhile, sprinkle chicken evenly with salt and pepper. Place in a medium bowl, and add cornstarch; toss to coat.

  4. When oil reaches temperature, fry chicken in batches until light golden brown, about 3
  5. minutes per batch. Remove from oil, and let drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Reserve 1 tablespoon oil from skillet; discard remaining oil.

  6. Reduce heat to medium. Add sesame oil to 1 tablespoon oil in pan; add garlic, ginger, chiles, and Szechuan peppercorns, if using. Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  7. Add scallions and snow peas; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Return chicken to pan; add sauce, stirring to coat.

  8. Serve over rice; garnish with sesame seeds and additional scallions, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Szechuan Chicken with Snow Peas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 1903mg79%
Potassium 634mg18%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 675IU14%
Vitamin C 29.8mg36%
Calcium 78mg8%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.