Monday, May 16, 2011

Sichuan Peppercorn Roasted Chicken

Always on the look out for new chicken recipes and I saw one for Sichuan Peppercorn Chicken over at Pig Pig's Corner. It looked so good, I had to try it. I even had the peppercorns. Bought some time ago for some forgotten recipe that I never made, it still had the safety seal on the bottle.  I knew I had those peppercorns, but there were so many spices in that cabinet, I'd never find it.

What else could I do but clean out the spice cabinet? I found I had doubles of oregano, doubles of rosemary, three granulated garlic's, about six different chile powders, two jars of one type of cinnamon, and two of another, and found about 9 jars of cinnamon in total. Who knew there are so many kinds of cinnamon, Ceylon, China, Vietnamese, Korintje, Cinnamon Sugar, Penzey's Special blend. I have them all, even Cinnabon cinnamon was in there. Let's not even talk about the free samples Penzey's sends every time you order something. Anyway, it was a great excuse to clean out the spices, consolidate and I found those peppercorns, never opened, way in the back. Near the Wasabi powder I bought for some other recipe. Any ideas?

All cleaned out and alphabetized.
For now anyway!

The peppercorns are really fragrant. Sort of perfumey! And they make your tongue tingle. It was a little strange at first, we didn't expect it. I felt it first, and said something and they all thought I was kidding, but then slowly everyone else at the table had that numbing sensation for a second. Even Grandma. It wasn't spicy at all. She enjoyed the chicken, we all did! Thanks to Pig Pig's Corner, this is a delicious way to roast chicken!

Source: Pig Pigs Corner (click for original recipe)
adapted by There's Always Thyme to Cook
Printable Recipe

6 chicken pieces, whatever you like
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine or you can sub Sherry
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons light soy sauce

Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

Lightly toast the Sichuan peppercorns in a hot pan without oil until fragrant. Make a few deep slits on the chicken with a knife. Finely chop garlic, ginger and peppercorn in the food processor. Add shaoxing wine or sherry, honey and light soy sauce. Mix well. Rub this mixture all other the chicken pieces. Roast for about an hour, more or less, until done.


  1. That looks like a very tempting chicken leg ~ tongue tingling good! I'd love to try this recipe.

  2. Perfect meal for my taste buds! great recipe, thank you!

  3. This looks delicious!

    I try to clean my pantry out once a year. It is amazing what can be found.


  4. how neat and tidy,,this chicken is so good looking,, yummy for sure,,

  5. Looks delicious! I just did the same with my spices, and it was long overdue!

  6. You have a spice paradise in there,Carol:)Your chicken must be really yummy and fragrant!Have a lovely day!!!

  7. The chicken sounds great, I'd love to try it! I feel your pain about the spices, why is it that I end up with 3 of a couple things but still manage to be out of Cumin when I need it:@)

  8. It looks and sound so good that I just have to try this. your spices look nice too! Love to get my (stuff)organized.

  9. wow wow Carol.. that is my kind of chicken that I love to eat! It looks amazing and very delicious that I am actually going to make this very soon!

  10. this chicken looks so delicious, what lovely flavors - thanks for such a great recipe

  11. Penzey's? Never heard of it until my boss shared some of his "doubles". They're the best spices!

    I better try this technique of the peppercorns. I do this with my ginger with my other chicken recipe.

    Dark meat for me!

  12. These sound delicious. I use Sichuan peppercorns often in my cooking and really enjoy theat numbing tingle. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  13. I like Sichuan peppercorns that give a tingling numbness on your tongue. THe chicken looks so tasty!

  14. Mmmm.......looks yummy! I cant wait to try this.

  15. This chicken dinner looks delicious!

  16. Mmmmm. This is my kind of chicken - it looks fantastic.

  17. Totally trying this over the weekend. I'm lucky enough to have a Penzey's nearby (next town over) -- love, love, love that store.

    Thanks for the recipe! :)

  18. Wow does that look fantastic. I cannot wait to try this recipe.

  19. Don't you just love it when you find something you know you have! I have a drawer full of spices, as well as a lazy susan in one of the cabinets.

    We have a Penzey's in town. I could spend hours in there!

    The chicken recipe looks yummy!

  20. We both have mild Asian food addictions over here so this chicken recipe is perfect for us. Your chicken looks amazing. I'll have a plate of that please!

  21. I love Penzy spices. Such variety and so fresh! I'm always looking for new roast chicken recipes and this looks mighty tasty!

  22. That does look delicious and sounds wonderful!

    Your spice rack looks exactly like mine. I have two turntables in my pantry and they're alphabetized too. I have to resort them every now since I don't always take the time to put them back in the right place :)

  23. You collect spices like I collect dishes!


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