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Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Kung pao chicken recipe is a great blend of readily available ingredients with classic Asian spices and it can be made within an hour.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, 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: 487kcal
Author: Luna Regina


  • 3 dried chili pepper halved
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz skinless boneless chicken thigh cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 10 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 white wine
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 3 cups cooked medium-grain rice


  • Heat cast iron pan on medium-high heat, stir dry chilies for about 30 seconds and transfer them into a bowl.
  • Add ½ tablespoon olive oil to the pan, add bell pepper. Stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes until crisp-tender. Remove from heat.
  • Heat ½ 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 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: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2581IU | Vitamin C: 92mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 4mg