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Spicy Szechuan Surprise: Kung Pao Chicken with a Flavorful Twist!

Kung Pao Chicken

About the Dish:

Kung Pao Chicken is a popular Chinese dish that originated in the Sichuan province. It is a stir-fry dish that typically consists of chicken, vegetables, and peanuts in a spicy sauce. The dish is known for its bold flavors and a combination of spicy, sweet, and tangy taste. The chicken is usually marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, rice wine, and cornstarch to make it tender and flavorful. It is then stir-fried along with vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and dried chili peppers. The sauce, made from soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and chili paste, is added to the stir-fried chicken and vegetables. The dish is finished by sprinkling roasted peanuts on top, which add a crunchy texture to the dish. Kung Pao Chicken is often served with steamed rice and is a favorite among lovers of Chinese cuisine.

Nutrition Information:

Nutrient Amount
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 2g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 65mg
Sodium 780mg
Total Carbohydrates 15g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 7g
Protein 25g


Ingredient Quantity
Chicken breast 500g
Bell peppers 2
Onion 1
Dried chili peppers 6
Peanuts 1/2 cup
Garlic cloves 4
Ginger 1-inch piece
Soy sauce 3 tablespoons
Rice wine (or dry sherry) 1 tablespoon
Cornstarch 1 tablespoon
Vinegar 1 tablespoon
Sugar 1 tablespoon
Chili paste 2 teaspoons
Vegetable oil 2 tablespoons

Cooking Instructions:

  • Step 1: Marinate the chicken with soy sauce, rice wine (or dry sherry), and cornstarch. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  • Step 2: Heat vegetable oil in a large pan or wok over high heat. Add the marinated chicken and stir-fry until it is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and set it aside.
  • Step 3: In the same pan, add more oil if needed. Add the chopped garlic, ginger, and dried chili peppers. Stir-fry for a minute until fragrant.
  • Step 4: Add the bell peppers and onions to the pan. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they are slightly softened.
  • Step 5: In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and chili paste. Pour the sauce into the pan and stir well.
  • Step 6: Add the cooked chicken back into the pan and mix everything together. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.
  • Step 7: Remove from heat and sprinkle roasted peanuts on top. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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