Burmese Chile Chicken
This dish is based on a recipe in Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge by Grace Young (Simon & Schuster, 2010).
Enlarge Image Credit: Todd ColemanSERVES 4
INGREDIENTS1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs,
cut into 1"–thick strips
3 tbsp. canola oil
1 1⁄2 tsp. cornstarch
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper,
1 onion, cut into 3⁄4" pieces
2 tsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1" piece ginger, peeled and minced
2 bell peppers (1 green, 1 red),
cored and cut into 1" pieces
2 tbsp. fish sauce
1 large Anaheim or poblano chile, cut diagonally into 1/4"-thick slices
1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut diagonally into 1/4"-thick slices
1/2 tsp. chili powder
4 cups cooked rice, for serving.
INSTRUCTIONS1. Combine chicken, 1 tbsp. oil, 1 tsp. cornstarch, salt and pepper in a bowl; let marinate for 15 minutes.
2. Heat a 14" wok over high heat. Add 1 tbsp. oil. Add onions; cook until softened, 1–2 minutes. Push onions to side; add remaining oil with chicken, arranging it in a single layer. Cook, without stirring, for 1 minute. Continue cooking, tossing vigorously, until chicken is opaque, about 30 seconds. Add paprika, cumin, garlic, and ginger; cook, tossing constantly, for 30 seconds. Add peppers; cook, stirring constantly, until they begin to soften, 2–3 minutes. Stir in fish sauce and cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated, about 1 minute. Add chiles and zucchini; cook for 30 seconds. Stir together remaining cornstarch and 1⁄3 cup cold water in a bowl; pour around edge of wok. Cook until chicken is cooked and sauce has thickened, 1–2 minutes. Stir in chili powder; season with salt and pepper. Serve with rice.
**Correction: August 12, 2011 An earlier version of this recipe published online was missing the instructions on how to prep the Anaheim or poblano chile; the ingredients list was also missing the zucchini, chili powder, and rice. The original print version of the recipe was correct.