John Gregory Smith’s speedy version of this classic Sichuan Dish.
Cook the rice according to the packet instructions until tender. Drain and then leave to steam in the colander.
While the rice is cooking put the chicken into a bowl and add the rice wine, two teaspoons of light soy and a teaspoon cornflour. Mix well and set to one side while you make the sauce, by combining the remaining light soy and cornflour with the dark soy, vinegar and four tablespoons of water.
Heat a large wok over a high heat until smoking. Add a tablespoon of the oil and swirl it around. Add the chicken and stir-fry for 8-10 minutes, or until just cooked through. Remove from the wok and set to one side.
Reheat the wok over a high heat with the remaining oil. Chuck in the peanuts and spring onions, and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, until a little golden. Add the garlic and ginger and continue to stir fry for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Finally add the Sichuan pepper and chilli flakes. Mix well.
Add the chicken back into the wok and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes to reheat, then pour in the sauce. Continue to stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until it coats the chicken and looks super-glossy.
Meanwhile, cook the pak choi in a pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes, until tender, and drain well. Serve immediately with the cooked chicken and rice.