The Chongqing Spicy Chicken is part of Szechuan cuisine or Sichuan cuisine. It is a style of Chinese cuisine originating in Sichuan province of southwestern China famed for bold flavours.
Legend has it that this renown dish was invented by a homeless beggar who stole a chicken from someone's farm. The starving beggar was hotly pursued by its owner. In his haste, he buried the chicken in the mud near a riverbank to hide it from the owner.