Kung Pao Chicken for Two

READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by Galley Wench

Original recipe comes from Cook's Illustrated however, I've made some adjustments to fit our taste. If preferred, pork can be substituted for the chicken.

Top Review by Karen Elizabeth

A very good dish, quickly prepared to give you an outstanding meal in no time at all. I used the cashews and was generous with the red pepper flakes. I had to use a green bell pepper, which was a shame about the colour, but nonetheless was very good in this dish. The flavours came together well, I served this on steamed rice, and we felt we enjoyed a restaurant quality meal for very little effort. Thank you Galley Wench! Made for Unrated Asian Recipes Tag Game.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Toss chicken with sherry and soy sauce in medium bowl; marinate until breast have absorbed flavors, about 10 minutes.
  2. Mix garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon oil in small bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine peanuts and chiles in small bowl; set aside. Mix chicken broth, vinegar, sesame oil, oyster-flavored sauce, hoisin sauce, and cornstarch in small bowl or measuring cup; set aside.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 10-inch skillet over high heat until just beginning to smoke.
  5. Add chicken and cook without stirring for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, allowing chicken to brown on one side; stir and cook 1 to 1 1/2 minutes more, until no longer pink; stir peanuts and chiles into chicken and continue cooking until peanuts have darkened slightly, 30 to 40 seconds longer.
  6. Transfer chicken, peanuts, and chiles to bowl; set aside.
  7. Return skillet to burner and reheat briefly, 15 to 30 seconds.
  8. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, swirl to coat pan, and add red bell pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened, about 45 seconds.
  9. Clear center of pan, add garlic-ginger mixture, mash into pan with spoon or spatula, and cook until fragrant, 10 to 15 seconds; stir into peppers until combined. Stir broth mixture to recombine, then add to skillet along with reserved chicken, peanuts, and chiles; cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits on bottom of pan, until sauce has thickened to syrupy consistency, about 15 to 20 seconds.
  10. Stir in scallions and serve.

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