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      Fiery Pepper Chicken

      Serves 4


      1 teaspoon Mirin

      1/2 teaspoon salt

      1/2 pound boneless chicken, cubed

      1/4 cup cornstarch

      3 cups peanut oil

      4 cloves garlic, minced

      1 tablespoon ginger root, minced

      2 green onions, julienne

      1 green chili, sliced

      2 cups dried chilies, chopped

      2 tablespoons Szechuan peppercorns

      2 teaspoons soy sauce

      2 teaspoons Mirin

      1/2 teaspoon white sugar

      1/2 teaspoon salt.

      Method of Preparation:

      1.Stir together 1 teaspoon cooking wine and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl; add chicken and stir to coat. Allow to marinate 2 to 3 minutes. Place the marinated chicken in a large, sealable plastic bag with the cornstarch and shake to coat.

      2.Heat the peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Fry the chicken in the oil until it begins to crisp around the edges, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the chicken to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the oil, discarding the rest.

      3.Reheat the reserved oil in the wok over medium-high heat; cook and stir the garlic, ginger, and green onions in the oil until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the green chilies, crushed dried chilies, and Szechuan peppercorns; continue frying about 20 seconds more. Return the chicken to the wok; stir in the soy sauce, 2 teaspoons cooking wine, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and serve immediately.