Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins
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.
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups vegetable oil (for frying)
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1⁄2 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped into cubes
- 3 -4 chopped scallions
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 2 dried hot red chili peppers
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- rice, to serve it with
- Toss cubed chicken w/ 3T cornstarch, egg, and 1/2 t salt. Let rest for 30 minutes.
- 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.
- Drain chicken on paper towels and remove oil from pan.
- 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.
- Add garlic, ginger, bell peppers, and scallions for 30 seconds more.
- Add hot peppers and whisk 10 seconds.
- Add sauce to wok and stir till thickens and starts to clear.
- Add chicken and cook for 3 minutes, add peanuts, mix well and drizzle w/sesame oil.
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.
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!
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.