Kung Pao Chicken: It is a spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish made with peanuts, vegetables, chicken, and chili peppers also known as Kung Po or Gong Bao. You don’t need to use a wok. It only takes 20 minutes to make the dish get it ready on the table, while other recipes take 30 minutes – 60 minutes on average. It uses only 10 ingredients. It’s a perfect recipe to make moist & tender chicken.
What is Kung Pao Chicken
It is one of the healthiest chicken recipes that you can make from scratch and you can also add extra vegetables to the stir-fry, like bell peppers & zucchini. Kung Pao chicken is also a staple of westernized Chinese cuisine.
Authentic Kung Pao Chicken with Kung Pao Sauce
Kung Pao Sauce is the key ingredient of Kung Pao Chicken. The sauce and marinade contain chicken broth, vinegar, soy sauce, chili paste & cornstarch. Again the secret ingredient here is the dark vinegar in the sauce, which is made of dark soy sauce, soy sauce, sugar, water, and cornstarch. The sauce ingredients & chicken marinade really add the extra flavor to this dish.
It mostly sweet, salty and vinegary in taste. The spiciness of Kung Pao Chicken comes not from the sauce it’s mainly from the dried red chilies used in the stir-fry. You may use red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar for best results.
Kung Pao Chicken also includes Sichuan peppercorns (Szechuan peppers). You can find them in gourmet chain stores or Asian grocery stores like Whole Foods. While the sauce is cooking, they provide extra heat, and unless you want your mouth to be on fire you can eat them too. I personally don’t always add the Szechuan peppers. you can also check my Szechuan Chicken recipe.
How to make Kung Pao Chicken
In a wok or skillet, it is mainly stir-fried. First, heat oil and cook the ginger and garlic, and then to make it spicy add the dried red chilies. Add the chicken, Kung Pao Sauce, and peanuts and stir-fry. This will make your Kung Pao Chicken recipe so delicious & authentic. Try it and I am sure you will need it again and again!
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