1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 clove garlic, peeled, left whole and crushed
4 whole dried Sichuan chilies
2 scallions, chopped
1 cup peanuts, toasted and chopped
8 ounces egg noodles, cooked per package instructions
For the chicken: In a large bowl, sprinkle the chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the cornstarch and mix well.
For the stir-fry: Heat a wok over high heat and when the wok starts to smoke, add the vegetable oil. Add the garlic and chicken pieces and let the chicken settle in the wok for 1 minute before stir-frying for another 2 minutes. As the chicken starts to turn opaque, and dried chilies and fry for a few seconds. Then add the sweet sauce mixture and cook for another 3 minutes. Cook the chicken in the sauce until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has reduced, is slightly sticky and has a thicker consistency, another 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the scallions and peanuts and cook for less than 1 minute. Toss in the noodles and then transfer to a serving plate.