Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry


A hearty stir fry packed with tender chicken and nutritious veggies. It’s tossed with a flavorful, spicy sauce and finished with peanuts for a nice crunch. Serve with white, brown or cauliflower rice.

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Stir Fry is Perfect for Summer!

It’s been a few months since I’ve made a stir-fry and summer is the best time to make them so here we are! A quick and flavorful stir-fry that’s perfect for those fresh summer peppers and snow peas. Plus it’s an entree your whole family will enjoy!

There are so many things I love about this stir fry, but first off let’s talk about the peanuts. Those to me are the highlight of this stir-fry (which may seem funny because they’re just a finishing touch) but I just can never get enough of that peanuty crunch on asian food. Addictive!


Which is why I used 1/2 cup, let’s not be skimpy, right? Another thing I love is the sesame oil and sambal oelek, the first brings loads of flavor while the second gives it that crave worthy heat (and you better believe I was spooning plenty more over my serving).

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You’ll Love the Easy Szechuan Sauce!

There is plenty of sauce in this stir fry because aren’t saucy stir fries the best. It’s slightly weet, slightly salty, perfectly spicy, and the sesame oil adds so much flavor!

Just don’t leave out the cornstarch. Even though it’s a small amount it has strong thickening properties and the sauce would be like water without it.

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A One Pan Recipe!

Of course I love the fact that everything is cooked in one skillet and that I already have most of the ingredients on hand at all times (the only thing I don’t always have on hand are the veggies, everything else is a staple in my house).

So while it does look like a long ingredients list don’t worry you probably have most of it too. If you like asian food then this is one to add to the rotation! It’s deliciously saucy, perfectly hearty, it makes for a great weeknight meal, and of course, it will leave you wanting more!

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Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry

A hearty stir fry packed with tender chicken and nutritious veggies. It's tossed with a flavorful, spicy sauce and finished with peanuts for a nice crunch. Serve with white, brown or cauliflower rice.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Chicken Stir Fry, Szechuan Sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 372 kcal
Author: Jaclyn



  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp sambal oelek (use more or less to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp cornstarch

Stir Fry

  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt
  • 1/2 of a medium yellow onion, sliced from top to root
  • 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced into short strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 1/3 cups diagonally sliced snow peas
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Sliced green onions, sesame seeds, and prepared rice, for serving


  1. For the sauce: In a small mixing bowl whisk together chicken broth, soy sauce, sesame oil, sambal oelek, rice vinegar, sugar and cornstarch until well combined, set aside.
  2. For the stir-fry: Heat 1 Tbsp oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 
  3. Add chicken, season lightly with salt (about 1/4 tsp) and cook, turning occasionally until chicken has cooked through (center should register 165), about 6 minutes. 
  4. Transfer to a plate. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp oil in skillet.
  5.  Add onion, ginger and garlic and saute 1 minute. Add in bell peppers and snow peas and saute 2 minutes. 
  6. Whisk sauce mixture once more then pour into skillet over veggies. Cook and stir until sauce has thickened and veggies are tender, about 2 minutes. 
  7. Toss in chicken and warm through, season with salt if needed. Serve warm over rice topped with peanuts, green onions and sesame seeds.
  8. Recipe source: adapted from Cooking Light
Nutrition Facts
Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 372 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 954mg 40%
Potassium 793mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 26.2%
Vitamin C 139.4%
Calcium 4.1%
Iron 11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Janet: Delicious! YOu are right I wanted more. I didn’t have plain roasted peanuts so I used what I had in the cupboard, honey roasted peanuts. We like sweet so it was all good. February 7, 2017 at 4:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Janet! Thanks for your review! February 7, 2017 at 4:55pm Reply

  • Kristin: Made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! I only used 1T of the sambal oelek and it was the perfect amount of heat for us. I also threw in a bunch more veggies that I had in the fridge (broccoli, carrots). Definitely a new favorite and better than take-out! August 30, 2016 at 11:25am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed this Kristin! Thanks for your comment! August 30, 2016 at 8:58pm Reply

  • Sharon Gray: I made this tonight – with all my own vegetables from my garden. It was delicious!!!! Thank you!! August 29, 2016 at 6:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Home-grown is the best! Thanks Sharon! August 31, 2016 at 10:39am Reply

  • Beverley Press: Jaclyn I’m a huge fan of stir fry and love making it from scratch so thank you xoxo July 30, 2016 at 3:01am Reply

  • Paige Flamm: This stir fry looks amazing! I need this in my life asap!

    Paige July 28, 2016 at 11:41am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Paige! July 28, 2016 at 1:28pm Reply

  • Maria: Made this tonight and really enjoyed it. I added some bok choy as I had it and it’s a family favorite. Will definitely make this again. Thanks. July 27, 2016 at 6:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you enjoyed it Maria! Thanks for the great review! July 28, 2016 at 1:31pm Reply

  • Denise: Looks amazing! What is sambal oelek and where do you find it? Thanks! July 27, 2016 at 11:16am Reply

  • Georgia: I love a good stir-fry in summer! Might have to try my hand in making this one! Thanks for the recipe! July 27, 2016 at 12:30am Reply

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