kung pao chicken
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Kung Pao Chicken


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Kung Pao Chicken

Great tasting kung pao chicken with roasted peanuts and chicken.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 300 kcal


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


  • 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


  • 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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