Kung Pao Chicken

This popular Kung Pao chicken recipe is a re-creation of a popular Chinese food dish commonly ordered at restaurants.

Prep time: 15 Minutes

Cook time: 10 Minutes

Total time: 25 Minutes

Yield: 3-4 as a side dish and 2 as a main


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless, chicken breasts or thighs, cut into ½ - ¾ -inch cubes
  • Marinade *See recipe below.
  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 8 Chinese dried red chilies, split length wise and seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorns
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • Sauce *See recipe below.
  • 3 scallions, white parts thinly sliced, green parts set aside cut into 1 inch strips
  • 1/3 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • Marinade Recipe:
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese rice wine
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Sichuan pepper corns
  • *Instructions: Whisk the ingredients together until the corn starch is dissolved.
  • Sauce Recipe:
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chicken stock/broth
  • 3 teaspoons sugar (for less sweet, reduce the sugar by 1-2 teaspoons depending on your preference)
  • 3 teaspoons soy sauce (depending on how salty the soy sauce and broth are, you can reduce the soy sauce amount by a teaspoon or two or add more if needed, no more than 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • *Instructions: Whisk the ingredients until the corn starch is dissolved.


  1. Massage the chicken with the marinade in a small bowl for half a minute.  Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok on high heat. Once the wok starts smoking, turn the stove top off. Add the red peppers and peppercorns to the pan quickly stirring for 1 minute being careful to not burn the dried chilies.
  3. Add the chicken to the pan and turn the heat back on to medium high.
  4. Once the outer later of the chicken is cooked and no longer raw, add the ginger and garlic. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Slowly add the sauce a tablespoon at a time, making sure the chicken is absorbing all the flavors between additions.
  6. Once the chicken is done cooking, add the green parts of the scallions and peanuts. Cook for a minute or two longer.
  7. Serve immediately.
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