Chinese Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Kung Pao Chicken


3/4 lb. chicken, boned and skinned

2 tbsps. oyster sauce

2 1/2 tbsps. cooking oil

8 small dried red chilies

4 tsps. minced garlic

2 stalks celery, diced

1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1−inch squares

1 can (8 oz.) bamboo shoots, sliced and drained

2 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water

1 tsp. cornstarch

1/3 cup roasted peanuts


3 tbsps. Chinese rice wine or dry sherry

1/4 cup Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup chicken broth

1 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsps. hoisin sauce

2 tsp. sesame oil

2 tsps. chili garlic sauce

2 tsps. sugar


Cut chicken into 1−inch pieces. Marinade chicken with oyster sauce in a bowl and let stand for 10 minutes.

Combine sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Place a wok over high heat until hot. Add 2 tablespoons oil, swirling to coat sides. Add chilies and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds.

Add chicken and stir fry for 2 minutes. Remove chicken and chilies from wok.

Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to wok, swirling to coat sides. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add celery, bell pepper, and bamboo shoots; stir fry for 1 1/2 minutes.

Return chicken and chilies to wok; stir fry for 1 minute. Add sauce and bring to a boil. Add cornstarch solution and cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens. Add peanuts and stir to coat.

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