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    Chinese Chile Paste Chicken

    Here is a very hot Chinese chicken dish, which I devised by combining two different recipes which I found in an old West China cookbook:

  • 3/4 lb boned chicken, breast or thighs
  • 1 tbls dry sherry
  • 1 egg white, dont beat, just stir around
  • 1 tbls cornstarch
  • small pinch of sugar
  • Cut the chicken into pieces, about 1"X 1 1/2"..mix the egg white with the sherry and the sugar and the cornstarch and marinate the chicken pieces in this...all day in the fridge is fine.
  • 1 1lb block of tofu, which has been weighted and cut into squares
  • 2 tbls minced ginger root
  • 2 tbls minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or water
  • 2 tbls Chinese chile paste
  • 8 Chinese black dried mushrooms, soaked in VERY hot water for 1 hour
  • 1 cup shredded bamboo shoots
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tbls cornstarch mixed with 3 tbls water
  • sesame oil and light soy sauce and two chopped green onions(scallions)
  • Method: Heat about 1/4 cup peanut oil in a wok, until sizzle, and stirring the chicken mixture around, fry the pieces a bunch at a time until all the chicken is lightly browned, removing it to a plate as you go...when all the chicken is done, set it aside and keep it warm. Squeeze the water out of the mushrooms, remove the tough stems, and slice into strips.Combine the chicken stock or water, chile paste, salt and a good dash of light soy, dash of sugar if desired..set this aside.Drain off all but 2 tbls of the oil and reheat the wok to sizzle again...add the garlic, ginger root, mushrooms, carrots and bamboo shoots, stir frying as you add. Add the chile paste mixture, and cook for about a minute, then add the chicken, stir fry this for another minute and add the tofu squares carefully. Thicken with the cornstarch mixture, stir in sesame oil to taste, garnish with the green onions and serve, with Thai rice....a superb, hot, spicy dish.Cheers, Doug in BC

    From: Doug Irvine
    Posted By: Doug Irvine, dougandmarie@home.com
    Post Date: Sun, 18 Oct 1998

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