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Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Highly addictive and super easy to make at home.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: kung pao chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 350kcal



  • 1 lb chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Kung Pao Sauce

  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp hoisin
  • 2 tbsp sambal oelek
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp ginger grated

Stir Fry

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 8-10 dried red chiles if desired
  • 1/4 cup roasted cashews or peanuts
  • 2-3 green onions cut into 2" lengths


  • Marinate the chicken thighs in the soy sauce, shaoxing wine, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch. Set aside while prepping your sauce.
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  • In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the remaining 2 teaspoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup water, hoisin, sambal oelek, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, and ginger.
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  • Heat up the oil in a large non-stick frying or sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally until golden and cooked through.
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  • Turn the heat to medium, add the peppers and the sauce and stir to coat. Cook, until the sauce starts to thicken and turn glossy.
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  • Add in the green onions and cashews.
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  • Enjoy hot!
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Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.6g | Protein: 35.2g | Fat: 16.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 8.1g