This fiery, sweet Chinese pan fried food is made with hot stews, Szechwan peppercorns, garlic, ginger, and unsalted peanuts. Present with rice for a weeknight feast.


Kung Pao Chicken (otherwise called Gong Bao or Kung Pow) is presumably the dish most connected with Chinese food in America. This dish is additionally one of the most valid dishes on the menus of Chinese eateries and owes its blazing flavor to two specific fixings: bean stews and Szechuan peppercorns.

On the off chance that you like flavor, at that point this is your dish. You can utilize any dried red chilies and the Szechwan peppercorns are discretionary, however the dish isn’t the equivalent without them and there is definitely not a decent substitute. Other key fixings in this dish are sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and unsalted peanuts.

Like any pan fried food, this is fast, modest, and tasty. It’s likewise a commendable case of Szechwan food because of its blend of sweet, harsh, pungent, and hot tastes. Serve it with rice and a healthy dim brew for a weeknight feast!


The stew peppers most ordinarily utilized for Chinese cooking are Tien Tsin chilies, named for their region of source. They’re very hot and have a hearty sharpness. In the event that you can’t locate this accurate assortment, you can substitute any dried red chiles.

Szechwan (or Sichuan) peppercorns were really restricted by the FDA until 2005 because of their capability to convey citrus ulcer. Presently they’re allowed for import however simply after they’ve been heat-treated.

Instead of being hot or impactful, Szechwan peppercorns are fairly citrusy and make a slight desensitizing, shivering sensation rather than the consuming, hot impressions of peppers and chilies (think the shiver on your tongue from a carbonated beverage).

You can discover the two flavors in Asian business sectors or you can arrange them effectively on the web (Penzeys is an extraordinary hotspot for both the Tien Tsin peppers and the Szechwan peppercorns). You can likewise discover the Shaoxing rice wine and Chinkiang vinegar at Asian business sectors or request them on the web, however sherry and apple juice vinegar make great substitutes.


Boneless skinless chicken bosoms work fine and dandy for this formula, however you could trade in boneless skinless thighs on the off chance that you like. The specific load of your chicken bosoms doesn’t make a difference to an extreme; simply get two great estimated bosoms and you’ll be fine.

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe


For the marinade:

             2 teaspoons soy sauce

             1 1/2 teaspoons sherry, or Shaoxing rice wine

             1 tablespoon water

             2 teaspoons cornstarch

For the sauce:

             3 teaspoons Chinkiang vinegar, or 2 teaspoons of apple juice vinegar

             2 teaspoons soy sauce

             1 teaspoon sesame oil

             1 tablespoon water

             3 teaspoons sugar

             1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the chicken:

             2 huge boneless, skinless chicken bosoms

             8 dried stew red peppers (ideally Tien Tsin assortment)

             2 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

             1 teaspoon entire Szechwan peppercorns (discretionary)

             1 tablespoon newly ground ginger

             3 cloves garlic, daintily cut

             6 green onions, hacked

             2/3 cup broiled, unsalted peanuts


1 Marinate chicken: Mix together the marinade fixings. Hack the chicken into reduced down pieces, throw them in the marinade, and put in a safe spot.

2 Whisk together sauce fixings: Combine all the elements for the sauce, whisking admirably to guarantee the cornstarch is completely joined. Put in a safe spot.

3 Prep the flavors: Break the chilies open and dispose of the seeds inside, at that point cut them into a couple of huge pieces (the dish will as of now be hot, keeping the seeds will make it close to unappetizing).

4 Stir-fry chilies and peppercorns: Place the 2 1/2 tablespoons of sesame oil in a wok or enormous sauté container and spot over medium-high warmth. Include the chilies and Szechwan peppercorns, if utilizing. Sautéed food for a couple of second until they become fragrant being mindful so as not to consume them.

When the pieces have isolated, include the ginger, garlic, and green onions. Sautéed food for a couple of moments until the chicken is cooked through.

6 Finish the pan fried food: Add the sauce and throw. At the point when the sauce turns out to be thick, include the peanuts, throw, and serve.

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