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Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Cooking Method
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 30 min Cook Time: 15 min Rest Time: 5 min Total Time: 50 mins
Servings 2
Best Season Suitable throughout the year

This Chinese classical has become one of my favourite dishes! So easy to make, so quick and with such a great burst of flavours and textures! Who needs Chinese take-out with such easy dishes? Not me🤭

Kung Pao chicken has some key ingredients which you absolutely must add. Those are chilli peppers, peanuts and spring onion, everything covered in a luscious and delicious sauce. Serve it with a hot bowl of Jasmine rice and get ready to enjoy one of the best Chinese dishes!

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    For the chicken
  • 400 grams chicken breast (cut into bite-sized cubes)
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1 Piece ginger (1 inch approx., sliced or cut vertical)
  • 5 Pieces dried chillies (I have used Kashmiri and I deseeded them)
  • 3 tablespoons peanuts
  • 1 Piece spring onion (cut into small rounds)
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • For sauce
  • 3 tablespoons good quality soy sauce (I used dark)
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • white pepper
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  1. Preparing the chicken

    Start by mixing the soy sauce and the rice wine vinegar with the chicken, then add the cornstarch and coat well. Let it marinate for 10-20 minutes. In a hot pan, add 1 tablespoon of the oil and cook the chicken until it turns fully cooked and golden. It will form a nice crust because of the cornstarch. Take the chicken out on a plate.

  2. Finishing the dish

    In the same pan, add the remaining oil and fry the garlic, ginger and chillies until fragrant. Do not burn. Add the chicken to the pan, stir for 1 minute, then add the sauce (for the sauce simply mix all the ingredients listed above together) and the onion and the peanuts and stir until thickened. 

    Serve with steamed Jasmine rice.

    I told you it is that easy! Enjoy!