Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Looking for an easy Kung Pao Chicken recipe? Learn how to make Kung Pao Chicken using healthy ingredients.


Submitted by christinavt

Makes 2 2/5 servings



Guesstimate for Asian Bistro. Was just an okay dish.

Recipe Ingredients for Kung Pao Chicken

1 1/2 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, net form 2 lb fresh

Marinade:
4 teaspoons soy sauce
4 teaspoons rice wine or dry sherry
3 teaspoon sesame oil
3 teaspoons cornstarch

Sauce:
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoon rice wine or dry sherry
2 teaspoon sugar

Other:
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, to taste
4 cloves garlic
4 green onions (spring onions, scallions)
8 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, or as needed
2 teaspoon Szechuan peppercorn, optional
1 cup unsalted peanuts or cashews
1/4 tsp (or less) sesame oil, optional

Recipe Directions for Kung Pao Chicken

  1. Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Combine with the marinade ingredients, adding the cornstarch last. Marinate the chicken for 25 minutes.

  2. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the sauce and vegetables: In a small bowl, combine the dark soy sauce, rice wine, and sugar. Set aside.

  3. Cut the chilies in half so that they are approximately the same size as the chicken cubes. Remove the seeds. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Cut the green onion on the diagonal into thirds.

  4. Heat the wok over medium-high to high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the chicken. Stir-fry until it turns white and is 80 percent cooked. Remove from the wok.

  5. Add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds). Add the chili peppers and the Szechuan peppercorn if using. Stir-fry briefly until they turn dark red.

  6. Add the sauce to the wok. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken back into the pan. Stir in the peanuts and the green onion. Remove from the heat and stir in the sesame oil. Serve hot.

Categories

Main Dish

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 493.6g
Amount Per Serving
Calories
1434
Calories from Fat
922
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
102.5g
158%
Saturated Fat
16.7g
84%
Trans Fat
0.1g
Cholesterol
252mg
84%
Sodium
2442mg
102%
Potassium
1288mg
37%
Total Carbohydrates
32.3g
11%
Dietary Fiber
6.2g
25%
Sugars
12.7g
Protein
100.7g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 13% Iron 41%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.
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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
96% confidence
B
  Good points
  • Low in sugar
  • High in niacin
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