This recipe has been tried and tested many, many times in our home and it never fails to impress! Plus I love the way that you cook it is healthy and natural. It only has a tiny bit of sugar and everything is sautéed, so you get that Restaurant style Kung Pao Chicken without the added fat and grease! I also always throw in any vegetables I have on hand. This last time I made it I added some zucchini and bell peppers. YUM! And don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients–many of them are duplicated for the sauce and the marinade–and this dish never takes me longer than 30 minutes to make!
Restaurant style kung pao chicken is the type of meal you could eat every night.
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast cut into chunks
- 3 Tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more to increase spiciness)
- 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 1 tsp fresh ginger finely chopped
- 2 green onions chopped
- *Fresh vegetables
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 egg white
- 1 Tbsp corn starch
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp chili paste with garlic (or use sriracha hot sauce with a little minced garlic)
- 2 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Asian sesame oil
- Hot white rice , for serving
First, make the marinade by mixing all ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken to marinade and set aside.
Add 1 tablespoons of oil to wok or frying pan and heat to medium. Add red pepper flakes and peanuts to oil and stir until peanuts are golden brown (about 2 minutes). Remove peanuts and pepper flakes to a bowl.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the wok. Heat and add 1/2 of the marinated chicken. Cook and toss until chicken is cooked through. Remove chicken to the bowl with the peanuts. Add the other 1/2 of the chicken and cook through. Return peanuts and chicken to wok, add ginger and green onion. Stir one minute.
Make the sauce by whisking all ingredients together. Add the sauce to the chicken and peanut mixture. Stir, and cook 1-2 minutes or until the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and serve with rice.
I always add extras vegetables that I have on hand such as bell peppers, broccoli and zucchini!
Tricks for fluffy white rice:
The general rule for cooking white rice is one part rice and two parts water. However, for fluffier rice, try 1 part rice, and 1 3/4 parts water. Make sure to let the rice sit for about five minutes after cooking.
Adapted from William-Sonoma