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Szechuan chicken and eggplant dish on a white plate

Spicy Szechuan Chicken and Eggplant

  • Author: Asian Caucasian
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main - Poultry
  • Method: Stove Top & Oven
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion

Description

This Spicy Szechuan Chicken and Eggplant truly hits the spot! It’s a simple but elegant stir fry that’s easy to prepare but packed with flavor. Skip the Chinese takeout and make this healthy Asian chicken and eggplant stir-fry at home!


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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds Chinese purple eggplant
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • Salt & pepper
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried sambal oelek (or 1 tablespoon jarred)
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper (or green), chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • Brown or white rice for serving

Instructions

  1. Cut the ends of the eggplant and slice on a diagonal into one inch pieces. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and cover pieces with water. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes until just soft but not mushy, checking on it after 1 minute. Remove from oven, drain and pat dry on paper towels. Set aside.
  2. To make the sauce: In a small bowl whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, tomato paste, sesame oil, sambal oelek, and brown sugar. Stir in cornstarch until dissolved. Set sauce aside.
  3. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Cook chicken pieces in a large wok over medium high heat with 1 tablespoon canola oil until browned on both sides but not cooked through. Remove chicken from wok and set aside.
  4. Add eggplant slices to wok in a single layer and cook until crisp and light golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove eggplant from pan and set aside.
  5. Heat remaining tablespoon canola oil in the pan over high heat and add garlic and shallots. Cook until fragrant and translucent. Add in bell peppers and cook about 2-3 minutes. Add in green onions, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms and cook another 3 minutes. Stir in the sauce, eggplant, and chicken and cook until sauce has thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Garnish with extra green onions, and serve with a side of steamed rice.

Notes

  • If you cannot find Chinese eggplants, you can use the standard variety as well.
  • Dried sambal oelek can be purchased from RawSpiceBar.com. Jarred sambal oelek can be found at most grocery stores and specialty Asian markets.

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