Updated: Jul 30, 2018
Origin - China, Sichuan Province
Spicy diced chicken is a classic dish in Sichuan cuisine. The dish is originated from GeLe Mountain area in Chongqing. Fried red chili plays a key role here, which makes the whole dish smells appetizing and looks red. The chicken tastes crispy but tender, spicy but with a hint of sweet.
In the late 1980s, there was a small family owned restaurant called Lin Zhong Le (林中乐）in the town of Gele Mountain (歌乐山）. The chef there invented the Spicy Diced Chicken dish featuring the numbing spicy flavor and crispy but tender chicken pieces. The ingredients of this dish are quite specific -- the chickens are all home raised, grains fed, killed fresh; the chilis have to be the Er Jing Tiao type (二荆条辣椒）and Mao Wen type（茂汶大红袍）which are both grown natively in Sichuan. The chef needs to be very experienced with the duration and degree of heat when cooking the dish. The chicken dices are supposed to be golden and shiny, in contrast with the red chili peppers. The dish is usually served with rather large plate. One of the fun activity for eaters are searching for peanuts sized chicken among piles of red peppers.
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