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Entry from September 30, 2007
Jalapeño Chicken (Chinese restaurant recipe)

"Jalapeño Chicken” is offered at several Chinese restaurants, especially in and around Austin, Texas.  The state pepper of Texas is the jalapeño.

The recipe (cited from the 1990s) usually contains small chunks of chicken and jalapeños, perhaps with hoisin sauce and black beans, snow peas, onions and carrots.


Chen’s Chinese Restaurant (Lufkin, TX)
Jalapeno Chicken: Small chunks of chicken & jalapeno pepper stir fried w/ spicy pepper & black pepper.

Super China Chinese Restaurant (Austin, TX)
Jalapeno Chicken 6.95

Asia Chinese and Vietnamese Restaurant (Austin, TX)
Jalapeno Chicken 7.25

Wok Express (Cedar Park, TX)
Jalapeno Chicken

Round Rock (TX) Golden Palace
Jalapeno Chicken

China House (Dallas, TX)
Jalapeno Chicken 6.25

12 May 1995, New York Times, pg. C24:
If everything seems all too unfamiliar, the menu does venture into cross-cultural territory, offering jalapeño chicken ($9.95), fried chicken with a jalapeño and garlic sauce, and a little soy sauce thrown in for authenticity.
(Dok Suni’s, a Korean restaurant in New York City—ed.)

1 September 1995, Dallas (TX) Morning News, restaurant review of Madame Wang’s:
Sour soup was star quality; we went back for seconds on it, the lo mein and jalapeno chicken.

1 May 1996, Seattle (WA) Times, pg. F3:
Baked Hot Lips Jalapeno Chicken
(This is not the same as the Chinese restaurant reciped—ed.)
4 to 6 servings; marinate at least 30 minutes

4 chicken breast halves, bone in
4 chicken breast thighs, bone in
1/3 cup ranch dip
2 tablespoons canned chopped green or jalapeno chilies
1 1/2 cups corn bread stuffing mix crumbs

1. Remove the skin from the chicken and place in a gallon-size closable storage bag.
2. Stir together the ranch dip and chilies. Pour over the chicken, seal the bag and toss to coat the chicken. Marinate at room temperature 30 minutes, or refrigerate up to 24 hours.
3. Remove the chicken from the bag and coat with the crumbs. Arrange in a single layer in a large baking pan and bake in a preheated 450-degree oven about 40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the coating is crisp and brown. (The higher cooking temperature will give a crispy coating similar to fried chicken.)

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From: temp
Date: 1997/09/14
Subject: Jalapeno Chicken w/ Black Bean Sauce (Chinese)

Anyone have a recipe for a Chinese dish usually called “Jalapeno Chicken w/ Black Bean Sauce” It’s usually some sort of chopped chicken that’s stir fried in a black bean/soy sauce marinade, and served with Jalapeno’s over rice.  It’s very_good in the restaurants.  So, I’d like to give it a whirl at home.

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From: Lawrence Wheeler
Date: 1997/09/18
Subject: Re: Jalapeno Chicken w/ Black Bean Sauce (Chinese)

Sounds like you’ve got the idea already! You might try using Hoisin Sauce, a sweet, thick sauce used for potstickers,etc.

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From: temp
Date: 1999/08/21
Subject: Re: Good Chinese Restaurant?

Here’s my rather biased view of a few Chinese restaurant’s in north Austin that I have visited:

1. P.F. Changs (upscale & kinda expensive for a Chinese joint, but the food is excellent - I recommend the orange peel shrimp)

2. Suzies (average setting, but the food is pretty good—the jalapeno chicken & sesame chicken are especially good)

9 September 1999, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, restaurant review of Hunan Lion, pg. 45:
The jalapeno chicken ($8.65) consisted of strips of white meat that had been cooked until crisp with sliced jalapenos and black beans.

Austin Chronicle (August 10, 2001)
Snow Pea
3706 Jefferson Sq., 454-3228
Mon-Fri, 11am-3pm, 5-10pm; Sat-Sun, 5-10pm

Snow Pea’s proximity to Seton Medical Center ensures a bustling lunch business. Lunch specials in the $5 to $6 range include an entrée, soup, egg roll, and rice. Jalapeño chicken and beef with hot garlic sauce are two good starting points.

Austin American-Statesman
Who survives buffet the flavor slayer?
By Dale Rice
American-Statesman Restaurant Critic
February 28, 2002
(...)
The only two meat dishes worth recommending were the jalapeño chicken, plain pieces of dark meat cooked with onions, carrots and jalapeños in a spicy brown sauce, and the beef with broccoli, which featured thin, tender slices of meat with still-crisp florets of broccoli.

So why bother to write about Shanghai River?

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From: Steve Wertz
Date: Sat, 12 Oct 2002 00:23:08 -0500
Local: Sat, Oct 12 2002 1:23 am
Subject: Hunan (South)

Went to Hunan at Manchaca and William Cannon tonight for takeout. Not bad at all.

Ordered Crab Puffs, Jalepeno Chicken, Shrimp in Lobster Sauce and Pork Fried Rice.

The Jalapeno Chicken was nice and spicy, without having to ask. Probably 2 jalapenos thinly sliced with a pound of thin sliced chicken, water chestnuts, snow peas and carrots in a rich brown
sauce, not sweet and goopey.  I’d rate it an 8 ($7.75)

Posted by Barry Popik
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