‘Big Bang Theory’ Sheldon’s Spicy “Bazinga” Chicken

‘Big Bang Theory’ Sheldon’s Spicy “Bazinga” Chicken
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Sheldon’s Spicy “Bazinga” Chicken
Sean Smith
‘Big Bang Theory’ Sheldon’s Spicy “Bazinga” Chicken

Perfect for your Emmy party, Sheldon’s Spicy “Bazinga” Chicken will kick up the heat. Szechuan peppercorns are a staple in Asian cooking; they add some heat and leave your mouth feeling slightly numb and tingly. Szechuan chiles are red chiles that are normally used to add flavor to a dish, but are not often eaten.

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4
Servings
552
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • ¼  Cup  canola oil, plus more for frying
  • 1  Pound  chicken, boneless and skinless thighs, ½-inch dice
  • Salt and pepper
  • egg whites, whipped
  • ¼  Cup  rice flour
  • ¼  Cup  halved garlic cloves
  • ¼  Cup  ginger, peeled and sliced into coins
  • ¼  Cup  Szechuan peppercorns, finely ground
  • 1  Pound  Szechuan chiles, dried
  • ½  Cup  scallion whites, cut into ½-inch lengths
  • ½  Cup  soy sauce
  • 2  Tablespoons  sesame oil
  • Scallion greens, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish

Directions

Preheat oil for frying to 365 degrees F. Season cubed chicken liberally with salt and pepper. Toss in a bowl with the egg whites to cover, and then dredge in the rice flour. Fry the chicken until crisp.

Heat the remaining ¼ cup canola oil in a large wok and add the garlic, ginger, and Szechuan pepper. Fry until aromatic and lightly toasted. Add the dried chiles and toast to release the oils.

Add the chicken, scallion whites, soy sauce, and sesame oil, and toss and reduce until dry. Plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and scallion greens.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
8g
11%
Sugar
57g
63%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
119g
92%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
12µg
2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
879mg
88%
Fiber, total dietary
19g
76%
Folate, total
11µg
3%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
240mg
75%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
54mg
8%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
23mg
2%
Water
100g
4%
Zinc, Zn
14mg
100%

Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Chicken Cooking Tip

Allow meat to rest for at least ten minutes before slicing into it; otherwise, the juices will leak out.

Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.