By: Samar Shiraz

Szechwan cuisine or Szechuan cuisine is a style of Chinese cuisine originating from Sichuan Province. It has bold spicy flavours, created by using garlic and chili peppers. This recipe adds a delicious twist by adding meat balls to Szechwan sauce.

Szechwan Sauce


  • Red long dried long chilies soaked in 1/4 cup boiling water
  • Crushed garlic and ginger 1-1 tbsp.
  • Soya sauce 1 tbsp.
  • Vinegar 1 tbsp.
  • Tomato paste 1 tbsp.
  • Salt pepper to taste
  • Sugar 1 tsp
  • Oil 2 tbsp.


  1. Soak chillies in boiling water for about 20 minutes.
  2. Blend them with all the water until very smooth.
  3. Take a wok, add oil and saute chopped ginger garlic.
  4. Add chilli paste to the wok, stir for few minutes then add tomato paste
  5. Mix everything in and add soya sauce, vinegar, salt pepper and sugar,
  6. Cook the sauce until it gets nice and thick and oil separates.
  7. Remove from heat and take out in a bowl.

Szechwan Meat Balls


  • Chicken mince 500 gms
  • Spring onion 1/4 cup
  • Bell peppers 2 cube cut
  • Red onion 1 small, cube cut
  • Ginger garlic chopped 1-1 tbsp.
  • Soya sauce 1tbsp for gravy, 1 tbsp. for meat balls  mix
  • Vinegar 1 tbsp. for gravy, 1 tbsp. for meat balls mix
  • Chili garlic sauce 1 tbsp.
  • Ketchup 1 tbsp.
  • Szechwan sauce 2 tbsp. for gravy, 1 tbsp. for meat balls mix
  • bread crumbs 1/4 cup soaked in 2 tbsp. milk
  • Red chili flakes 1/2 tsp (optional)
  • Oil as needed
  • Water as needed


  1. Take chicken mince add Szechwan sauce, salt pepper chili flakes, soya sauce, vinegar, spring onions, bread crumbs soaked in milk,
  2. Mix everything very well or use a food processor,
  3. Make small meat balls out of the mix and stir fry them on high heat until meat gets golden color,
  4. Add vegetables to the wok and toss for a minute then remove from pan.
  5. In same wok take 2 tbsp. oil and sauté chopped ginger garlic then add tomato paste, Szechwan sauce, soya sauce, vinegar salt n pepper.
  6. Cook it well and add some water to avoid burning, then add chili garlic sauce and ketchup, sauce should look glossy and shiny,
  7. Add 1/4 cup water to have some gravy,
  8. Finally mix in all the fried meat and vegetables, simmer for few minutes, garnish with chopped spring onions and serve hot.

About the Author:

Samar Shiraz loves to cook and share her recipes. She has a cooking blog at and a YouTube channel at