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Schezwan Roast Chicken Recipe

Schezwan Baked Chicken with Step by Step Pictures. Spicy baked chicken topped with schezwan sauce and baked till golden and caramelized.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese, Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • For Brining Chicken:
  • Chicken Drumsticks - 10 to 12
  • Salt - ¼ cup
  • Sugar - ¼ cup
  • Water to cover the chicken
  • For Schezwan Sauce: Makes 1 cup sauce
  • Garlic - 20 cloves crushed
  • Dry Red Chillies -30
  • Ginger - 4 tblspn grated
  • Tomato ketchup - 3 tblspn
  • Soya Sauce - 1 tblspn
  • Salt to taste
  • Black Pepper Powder - 1 tsp if you have schezwan pepper use them
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  • Oil - ¼ cup


  • For Brining Chicken:
  • Take chicken in a bowl, cover it completely with water, add salt and sugar to it. Mix well. Cover it tightly with some plastic wrap and chill this in fridge overnight. Nextday remove it a hour before cooking from fridge and use.
  • For Sauce:Take dry chillies and cut the top open. Remove the seeds out of it. You can just invert it and roll between your hands, the seeds just fall off.
  • Now take the chillies and add it to a sauce pan. Add 1 cup of water and bring it to boil. Simmer it for 5 mins.
  • By this time the chillies must have plumped up. Drain chillies. Reserve the water, you need that for grinding.
  • Take the chillies in a blender add the reserved water slowly and make them into a paste. Set aside till use.
  • Now heat oil in a sauce pan. Add in garlic and ginger. Fry it for couple of mins.
  • Now add in the chilli paste and mix well. Now add in ketchup, soya sauce, salt, sugar and pepper. Mix well.
  • Simmer this sauce for 5 to 8 mins.
  • Now the sauce is done. Cool this and store in a clean air tight container refrigerated.
  • For Schezwan Roast Chicken:
  • Preheat oven to 220 degree C.
  • Drain chicken from their brine. Take chicken and make slashes in them, now pat them completely dry.
  • Now arrange them in a oiled foil lined baking tray. Brush it completely with schezwan sauce.
  • Bake them for 15 mins. Now this seal the juices in the chicken.
  • Now reduce the oven temp to 150 to 160 degree C.
  • Now take it out, brush the chicken with sauce. Bake for 15 more mins.
  • Now take it out, brush the chicken with sauce. Bake for 15 more mins. remove the tray from oven.
  • Now increase the oven to 250 degree C on grill mode.
  • Brush a final layer of sauce and grill it for 1 min. This creates a beautiful caramelized texture over it.
  • Remove it from oven and serve.
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