May 19, 2008

Spicy Chicken with Soy Bean Paste 豆瓣雞丁

It's been over 100 degrees for the fast few days here in SoCal,
The heat might cause some severe symptoms such as:
Crazy mood swing,
Couch potato syndrome,
Overflowing sweat problems,
And what's even worse for food lovers!?
Loosing appetite!
*This one doesn't apply to me though, 100 degrees weather is nothing for my monstrous appetite!

So what should I cook for those poor things who lost their interests in food?
Something spicy!
Am I crazy?! Spicy food under a hot weather?!
Trust me,
It surely helps to bring back your appetite!

In order to make spicy food,
I need some help from these tiny red devils-

From there, we'll transform them into spicy chicken with soy bean paste-


1 lb of chicken thigh (cubed, remember to remove the excess fat)
1 palm full of dried chili peppers (or more if you can handle the heat!)
Soy sauce
Spicy soy bean paste 辣豆瓣醬
8 garlic cloves (peeled)
Extra virgin olive oil


Drizzle some olive oil in the skillet,
Toss in the garlic cloves and wait till the edges turned slightly brown,
Add the dried chilies in together with about 2 teaspoons of salt.

After 1 minutes or till the dried chilies turned slightly soft,
Toss in the chicken and let it seared for about 1 minute,
Add about 2 tablespoons of spicy soy bean paste and 2 teaspoons of soy sauce,
Keep cooking till the sauce is all absorbed by the chicken cubes.

That's it, fast and easy!
Bon Appetit!

Cindy's Rating: 6


  1.'s true. Sometimes I do like spicy food when it's scorching hot. But only in my own home, perhaps. I'll be sweating if I were outside.


  2. To Tigerfish~
    Haha maybe I'm crazy,
    But sometimes it feels really good eating spicy food under the hot weather and sweating at the same time!

  3. That looks and sounds heavenly! And to eat and sweat at the same time is so... Chinese. XD That's what my parents do all the time; they order the spiciest thing and slop on the chili sauce, and then comes the eating and sweating. I'll probably grow to eat like that in a few years...

  4. To Jesse~
    Haha now I'm craving for spicy hot pot!

  5. That sounds really good and I like the simplicity of this recipe.

    I've heard that eating hot food and drinking hot drinks should help coping in hot weather, maybe it's true.

  6. To Emilia~
    Yeah, maybe hot food and hot drinks make you sooooo hot that you can't feel the hot weather another!
    Double negative power!

  7. Cindy, this looks so simple and delicious! Spicy food on a hot day just feels cleansing somehow doesn't it?

  8. To Marc @ NoRecipes~
    Haha thanks,
    Simple food is always welcome in my kitchen!

  9. Hey it's only 58' in NY and crappy weather for days. I need spicy chicken!!

  10. To Zen Chef~
    It was over 100 in CA!