Alternative names
  • 辣子雞
  • dry chili chicken
  • firecracker chicken
  • Chongqing chicken
  • mala chicken
Place of originChina
Region or stateSichuan
Main ingredientsChicken, chili
Ingredients generally usedFermented bean paste, garlic, and ginger, Szechuan pepper

Laziji (simplified Chinese: 辣子鸡; traditional Chinese: 辣子雞; pinyin: làzijī; lit. 'spicy chicken'), also known as dry chili chicken, firecracker chicken, Chongqing chicken, and mala chicken, is a dish of chicken cubes stir-fried in chilis, Szechuan pepper, spicy fermented bean paste, garlic, and ginger.[1] [2]

Toasted sesame seeds and sliced spring onions are often used to garnish the dish.[3] [4]

Laziji originated near Geleshan in Chongqing, where restaurateurs used small free-range chickens from nearby farms. This poultry became a signature export for Geleshan.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Dunlop, Fuchsia (17 January 2014). "Recipe: Firecracker poussin with chillies". Financial Times. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ Dunlop, Fuchsia. "Firecracker chicken – laziji 辣子鸡". Fuchsia Dunlop. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ Dunlop, Fuchsia (17 January 2014). "Recipe: Firecracker poussin with chillies". Financsial Times. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  4. ^ Wright, Clifford A. (2005). Some Like It Hot: Spicy Favorites From The World's Hot Zones. Harvard Common Press. p. 480. ISBN 9781558322691.
  5. ^ Knyazeva, Katya (January 26, 2010). "The search for the best la zi ji in Shanghai". CNN. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012.