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Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

If you or your dining mates can't stand its considerable tanginess, slinging in more veggies might help flatten the flavor a little bit. Broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy or carrots are nice choices here. After all, it takes no guts to go for a new alteration, you think?
To have a full meal (750 calories), serve each portion of kung pao chicken with 14 ounces (350 grams) of cooked white rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: kung pao, kung pao chicken, kung pao chicken recipe, kung po chicken, kung pow chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 401kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 8 dried chili pepper halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 oz chicken thigh cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 12 oz bell pepper 2 medium, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp scallion chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic 3 cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 4 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 4 tsp lite soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts


  • Heat cast iron pan on medium-high heat, stir dry chilies for about 30 seconds and transfer them into a bowl.
  • Heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in the pan, add cubed chicken and fry on medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Stirring until the edges are golden brown. Remove from heat.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil in the pan, add bell pepper. Stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes until crisp-tender. Remove from heat.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil into the pan, stir in garlic and ginger. Then pour in rice wine, hoisin sauce, dark soy sauce, lite soy sauce, and sugar. Bring them to a boil while stirring. Once the sauce begins to thicken slightly, add the chicken and pepper back into the pan.
  • Stir in rice vinegar, scallion, white pepper, and sesame oil. Toss well with unsalted peanuts for a further 1 minute.
  • Serve immediately with cooked rice.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 401kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 482mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3013IU | Vitamin C: 110mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg