Very tasty, not what I expected at all. I substituted the rice vinegar and dry sherry for shaoxing rice wine and (as I'm a wimp for hot food) used two regular red chillis in place of the bird's eye. The strongest taste was a very pleasant nutty combination of the szechuan pepper and sesame oil. Served it with rice (and some lemon chicken too - bit of mix-n-match) and was very pleased. Definitely one I'll keep in my recipe book.
Thoroughly enjoyed this, JoyfulCook. I'm not a big fan of five-spice powder so I skipped that but otherwise followed the recipe. I would suggest to others that they do step 3 first and then continue with step 1 while the chicken marinates.
This recipe deserves 5 stars because the dish tastes lovely and the recipe is very versatile, as it calls for vegetables of your choice. My choice was cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms and onion. I like the taste of szechuan pepper and this reminds me that I haven't posted one or two recipes calling for that spice that I've made several times. Next time I will increase the amount of vegetables to 6 cups, as then I don't think you need a side dish other than rice with it. Oh yes, nearly forgot to say that I had this with your fried rice and not with your suggested noodles. Yummy.