Kung Pao Chicken

photo of a plate of Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken (宫保雞丁; pronounced Gōngbǎo Jīdīng) is one of those Chinese dishes that has an authentic Sichuan version as well as a popular Americanized version.
close-up photo of a plate of Kung Pao Chicken
This version is more akin to the Sichuan version. It’s a simple stir fry with very few ingredients, that is easy to put together.

I thought this came out quite tasty. It consists of chicken cubes, stir fried with chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. Peanuts were added in near the end as well.

Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 4
Kung Pao Chicken (宫保雞丁; pronounced Gōngbǎo Jīdīng) is a Chinese dish that has an authentic Sichuan version as well as a popular Americanized version. This version is more akin to the Sichuan version. It's a simple stir-fry, with very few ingredients, that is easy to put together.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized cubes
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 8 chili peppers
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 5 slices of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 scallion finely chopped

sauce

  • 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing cooking wine
  • 1 tsp granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp black vinegar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Directions:

  1. Add oil to wok and turn stove heat to medium-high. Add in garlic and cook until aroma comes out. Add in ginger and chicken and stir fry until chicken is completely cooked. Stir in chili peppers and peppercorns. Add in peanuts and cook for about another minute.

  2. Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl, making sure cornstarch is dissolved. Heat sauce in a small saucepan until it thickens. Then add sauce to chicken and toss until chicken is completed coated in sauce. Garnish with scallions. Serve warm with rice.

Notes:

Recipe adapted from Rasa Malaysia

Nutrition Facts
Kung Pao Chicken
Amount Per Serving (0.25 of recipe)
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 499mg22%
Potassium 348mg10%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 385IU8%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1.3mg7%
Net Carbs 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have. All images and content are © Kirbie's Cravings.

2 comments on “Kung Pao Chicken”

  1. Saw this on foodgawker. I LOVE kung pao chicken, it’s one of my favorite dishes., so naturally I had to check this recipe out. Thanks for sharing, I’m going to bookmark this. Thanks for sharing and beautiful pics!

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