kung pao chicken
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Kung Pao Chicken

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Kung Pao Chicken

Recipe by Donna
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

Great tasting kung pao chicken with roasted peanuts and chicken.

Ingredients

  • Roast peanuts
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

  • 1 cup raw peanuts (shelled without skin)

  • Can substitute roasted shelled peanuts and skip this step

  • Marinade for chicken
  • 340 grams chicken breast, cut into small cubes

  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp cornflour

  • 1 tsp shaoxing wine

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • a pinch ground white pepper

  • Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp light soy sauce

  • 1/2 tsp dark soy sauce

  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 3 Tbsp water

  • 1 tsp cornflour

  • Rest of the ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp oil

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 thin slices of ginger, minced

  • 2 dried red chillies, deseeded and shopped ( can be quite spicy, so adjust to your own tastes

  • 1/2 tsp Sichuan peppercorn powder

  • 6 spring onions, white portions only, cut into 3/4 ” pieces

Directions

  • Heat a teaspoon of oil in a hot wok over medium heat and add a cup of raw shelled peanuts. Stir constantly for 3 minutes or they will burn. Set aside to cool. You can skip this step and use already roasted shelled peanuts.
  • In a bowl put all the marinade ingredients and the chicken pieces and allow to marinate for 20 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl add all the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok or a large non stick frypan. Sear the chicken , remove from wok or pan and to a bowl and set aside.
  • In the same wok or pan add 1 tablespoon of oil on low heat. Add garlic, ginger, chillies, Sichuan peppercorn powder and spring onions. Cook for a minute or two until fragrant.
  • Return chicken back to the wok or frypan , high heat. Stir fry for a minute. Stir the prepared sauce making sure the cornflour is mixed in thoroughly. Add sauce to the wok or frypan for 1 minute. The sauce should thicken very quickly.
  • Finally add the peanuts. Stir all the ingredients and serve.

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