Spicy Chinese Chicken Salad



Spicy Chinese Chicken Salad


If you like spicy food, this Sichuan style spicy chicken salad will become one of your favorites. This robustly flavored Chinese style chicken salad is great on steamed rice.




5 chicken thighs with skin and bones removed or 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
5 cups water
1 tsp red pepper corn powder
1 red chili pepper sliced
½ tsp crushed red pepper
1 tsp paprika powder
¾ tsp kosher salt
1 tbs white sesame
2 tbs canola oil
2 tsp soy sauce gluten-free if desired
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp agave nectar
3 tbs chicken broth
½ tsp sesame oil
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro



Step 1:    Place chicken thighs and water in a saucepan. After bringing the water to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Save the broth for later uses. Cool the cooked chicken until it can be handled. Remove the skin, bones, and extra fat. Shred the meat apart by hand or forks. Place the shredded chicken in a large mixing bow and set aside.


Step 2:    Making the spicy sauce: While the chicken is cooking and cooling, mix the spices, salt, and sesame in a heat-proof bowl. Heat a skillet over high heat until it is hot. Turn the heat down to medium and add oil. Wait for 10 seconds till the oil is hot. Pour the hot oil into the bowl with spices. Stir briefly. Wait for 20 seconds and add the remaining ingredients except cilantro.



Step 3:    Pour the spicy sauce over the shredded chicken. Toss in cilantro before serving.