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    Kung Pao Chicken

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    1 hr 15 mins

    45 mins

    30 mins

    startnover's Note:

    Very yummy, and you can control the heat. The two red hot peppers it calls for just gives it a little kick--not to hot for even my 5 yr old.

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    1. 1
      Toss cubed chicken w/ 3T cornstarch, egg, and 1/2 t salt. Let rest for 30 minutes.
    2. 2
      In a wok heat oil and fry chicken till brown (do it w/ pretty hot oil because the longer it takes to cook the tougher the chicken.
    3. 3
      Drain chicken on paper towels and remove oil from pan.
    4. 4
      In a bowl put 1 t sesame oil, vinegar, 3 T water, 1/2 t salt, 2 t cornstarch, soy sauce, and whisk for 30 seconds.
    5. 5
      Add garlic, ginger, bell peppers, and scallions for 30 seconds more.
    6. 6
      Add hot peppers and whisk 10 seconds.
    7. 7
      Add sauce to wok and stir till thickens and starts to clear.
    8. 8
      Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes, add peanuts, mix well and drizzle w/sesame oil.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 06, 2013

      When I first tasted this, I thought I must have missed an ingredient. As another reviewer stated, the ingredients are listed a bit strangely. But I got it all in there and prepared it according to directions. It was WAY too vinegary for my taste. It made a visually appealing presentation, though. Don't think I'll try this recipe again.

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    • on September 28, 2013


      This was very good. Very flavorful. I left the garlic and ginger in and I could taste it without becoming overpowering. The sauce actually did not smell that good until I mixed it in and it cooked, which reduced some of the pungency. Then it tasted great! Will make again!

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    • on February 05, 2006


      Kung Pao is my favorite chicken dish when I go out to eat. This was as good as any I've ever had in any restaurant. I kicked it up a little by adding more dried chilies because I like it hot. Now I'll make it at home. Thanks for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Kung Pao Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (478 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1367.4
    Calories from Fat 1173
    Total Fat 130.4 g
    Saturated Fat 17.5 g
    Cholesterol 118.7 mg
    Sodium 1158.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 18.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    Sugars 5.1 g
    Protein 35.6 g

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