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Spicy Szechuan Exquisite: Kung Pao Firecracker Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

About the Dish:

Kung Pao Chicken is a popular Chinese stir-fry dish that originates from the Sichuan province. It is known for its fiery and bold flavors, combining tender chicken pieces with crunchy peanuts and a spicy sauce. The dish is named after Ding Baozhen, a Qing Dynasty official, who was also known as Kung Pao. Kung Pao Chicken is a perfect balance of sweet, sour, and spicy tastes, making it an absolute delight for spicy food lovers.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 15g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 800mg
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 8g
Protein 25g


Ingredient Quantity
Chicken breast 500g
Peanuts 1/2 cup
Red bell pepper 1
Green bell pepper 1
Spring onions 4
Garlic cloves 4
Ginger 1-inch piece
Dried red chili pepper 6
Cornstarch 1 tablespoon
Soy sauce 2 tablespoons
Vinegar 1 tablespoon
Sugar 1 tablespoon
Sesame oil 1 tablespoon

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Dice the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces. Marinate the chicken with cornstarch, soy sauce, and vinegar for 20 minutes.
  • Step 2: Heat oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add the marinated chicken and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through and golden brown. Remove the chicken from the wok and set aside.
  • Step 3: In the same wok, add some more oil if needed. Stir-fry the garlic, ginger, and dried red chili peppers until fragrant.
  • Step 4: Add the diced bell peppers and stir-fry for a few minutes until they are slightly softened.
  • Step 5: Return the cooked chicken to the wok and mix well with the bell peppers.
  • Step 6: In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil to make the sauce.
  • Step 7: Pour the sauce over the chicken and bell peppers. Stir-fry for another minute to coat everything evenly.
  • Step 8: Finally, add the peanuts and sliced spring onions. Toss everything together for a minute or two until heated through.
  • Step 9: Serve the Kung Pao Chicken hot with steamed rice or noodles.

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