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Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 310
This Kung Pao Chicken recipe is the prefect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy that always has people asking how to make this classic. This recipe has it all, tender chicken, with crisp vegetables, combined in a delicious and flavor-packed sauce. Enjoy!




  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch

Stir Fry

  • 4-5 tbsp cooking oil (divided)
  • 2-3 tbsp garlic ginger paste
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 10-12 dried chilis (cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 cup celery (diced)
  • 6 green onions (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 3/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 3 tsp sesame oil

Kung Pow Sauce

  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • 3 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 3 tsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp corn starch


  • Whisk together the shaoxing wine, soy sauce, baking soda, and corn starch in a small bowl and add the cubed chicken. Cover and allow to marinate for 10-15 minutes. While the chicken marinates, combine the stir- fry sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  • Once the chicken has fully marinated, heat 2-3 tbsp of cooking oil in a wok on high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 4-5 minutes, or until the edges are browned. Remove the chicken and set aside. Then, add 2 tbsp of cooking oil into the wok. Fry the garlic ginger paste, bell peppers and peppercorns for 1-2 minutes before adding in the stir fry sauce. Bring the stir fry sauce to a boil, and once it begins to thicken, add the chicken back in. Stir everything until the chicken has been evenly coated. After about 2 minutes, add in the scallions, peanuts, and sesame oil, mixing well. Serve hot with white rice.
Calories: 310kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese


Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1440mg | Potassium: 590mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 599IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg