Chicken La Zi Ji

4 from 1 vote

Chicken La Zi Ji Is Hot, It's Dramatic, It's Spicy. Usually dried red chili peppers just about cover the chicken when it’s presented at the table, and dinners have to pick through and search for the meat. I wasn’t a fan of this. It just seemed like a waste of chilies. I’ve made adjustments accordingly to my recipe, while still (hopefully) achieving the dramatic look this dish deserves.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Served AsDinner, Lunch
Servings 4


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts soaked for an hour and peeled
  • For the rest of the dish:-
  • Oil for deep fry
  • 2 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 slices ginger julienned
  • 5 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 cup whole dried red chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sugar
  • Salt
  • 1 spring onion cut into large
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnishing


  • Rinse the chicken and cut it into bite-sized pieces. Add the chicken to a bowl and toss with the marinade ingredients. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the rest of the ingredients. When you¢â‚¬â„¢re ready to cook, heat oil in a wok over high heat. Add marinated chicken and let it cook till it done.. Once you¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a good, crisp crust on the bottom of the chicken, stir and continue to deep fry t
  • You really need a hot wok to achieve this. Turn off the heat and transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • Keep about 1 tablespoon of oil in the wok. Add more if you need to. Heat the wok over medium low heat, and peanuts n cook it for min on low flame. Add the ginger and garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the spring onion, cilantro, whole dried chilies, and stir for another minute. Monitor the heat levels to avoid burning.
  • Turn up the heat to high, and add the chicken, sugar, and salt. Continue to stir-fry, until any liquid in the wok has evaporated.Transfer it to a plate when its done.
  • Now garnish with some dried red chilies n sesame seeds.
  • Serve your Chongqing chicken (la zi ji) with lots of steamed jasmine rice and a veggie on the side.


You can use fewer dried chilies if you like. This dish won’t actually be that spicy, unless you break open some of the dry hot peppers. If you do like the dish spicy, don’t break open more than six peppers. It will be hot enough, trust me.

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Saba Shaikh
Saba Shaikh

hello Foodies, I m Saba Firoz Shaikh from mumbai and I'm homechef, I love to eat everything. I m here to share awesome recipes with u all.

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