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Sichuan Garlic Peeps

One of my favorite things about going to Asia is the food.

China, in particular, has some of the most delicious food. In every city I’ve been to in China, there’s at least one local place where you go for amazing, super authentic Sichuan food. It’s my favorite Chinese food even. There’s something about the spiciness and aroma that is just so good.

We haven’t been to China in many years now, but I’m always on the hunt for Chinese food in America that’s up to par with the stuff I had in China. I was particularly craving some Chinese food the other day, so I turned to my favorite quick fix, and made these Sichuan Garlic Steamed Dumplings. Best stuff ever.

If you can’t get authentic Sichuan food where you live, or if you’re craving Chinese food but aren’t in the mood for takeout, these dumplings are a great alternative. They’re packed with delicious flavors, and the texture is so scrumptious and fun. Plus, they’re super easy to make and you can make a big batch pretty quickly. The filling is actually quite simple, and can be made ahead of time so that you only have to work on the dumpling making itself.

This is a perfect recipe if you’re in the mood for Chinese food but don’t want to go to a restaurant and wait for hours or deal with takeout. These are delicious, fresh and just as good as any restaurant version. Plus you can customize the flavors to make it to suit your taste.


  • 1 pound (455 grams) ground chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Sichuan peppercorn
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • 6 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts (optional)


  1. Combine the chicken, salt, pepper, five spice powder, Sichuan peppercorn, white pepper, cornstarch and water in a medium sized bowl. Mix until well combined.
  2. Form the chicken mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  3. Heat the peanut oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken balls and fry until browned on all sides (about 4-5 minutes).
  4. Add the garlic and stir fry until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  5. Add the soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, green onion and peanuts (if using). Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by about half.
  6. Serve over rice or noodles.