5 from 3 votes
Saliva Chicken-Mouthwatering Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
Famous Szechuan style chicken salad--mouthwatering chicken
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Sichuan cuisine
Keyword: chicken
Servings: 2
Calories: 1440 kcal
Author: Elaine
  • 1 chicken , around 2 pound
  • 4 ginger slices
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tablespoon cooking wine
  • Peanuts , toasted and crushed
  • White sesame seeds , toasted
Chili oil
Other ingredients for the Sauce
  • 4-6 tablespoons Szechuan style chili oil
  • 2 tablespoons black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon cooking wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves , smashed
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced green onion
  • Minced coriander
Szechuan combined chili oil
  1. In a small bowl, mix chili powder, Sichuan peppercorn, five spice powder and sesame seeds.
  2. In a pan, add bay leaves, cumin, ginger slices and star anise, pour in around 1 cup of oil and heat until hot over slowest fire (if the spices are overheated, they become bitter). Discard all the spices and leave the oil only.

  3. Pour the hot oil directly to the powder mixture in the small bowl. You will smell the strong aroma during the process. Set the Szechuan combined chili oil aside. I highly recommend you making the chili oil in the previous day so there are sometime for the spices mix together. Or if you do not have pepper flakes, check this post introducing how to make chili oil from whole chili peppers.

Prepare the chicken
  1. Clean the chicken and remove feet and head. In a large pot, add chicken, green onion and 3-4 slices of ginger and cooking wine. Then pour enough water to cover the chicken. Bring the content to a boiling with medium fire and continue cooking for around 8 minutes (see note 1 for the adjusting of the time needed). Turn off the fire, cover the lid and let the chicken stay for around 20 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, prepare enough iced water. Transfer the chicken out and soak it with iced water. Turn over several times during the process until the chicken is completely cooled down. Cut into chunks and lay in the serving bowl.
  3. Mix around 4 to 6 tablespoons of chili oil with other ingredients to prepare the sauce.
  4. Toast peanuts and white sesame in pan until aroma and then crush with a rolling pin or crusher.
  5. Pour the sauce over the chicken, garnish with toasted peanuts and white sesame seeds and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

For larger chicken, lengthen the poach time but no longer than 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Saliva Chicken-Mouthwatering Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1440 Calories from Fat 990
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 110g 169%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 340mg 113%
Sodium 963mg 40%
Potassium 1258mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 2g
Protein 90g 180%
Vitamin A 73.2%
Vitamin C 13.5%
Calcium 19%
Iron 51.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.