Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

I’m confident this Kung Pao Chicken recipe will be the best Chinese food you’ve ever made from home! This dish comes with Stir-fried chicken, peanuts, and green onion in a delicious salty, sweet, and spicy Kung pao sauce served over hot cooked rice.

Make Kung Pao Chicken better than Chinese takeout right at home! With crisp-tender, mouthwatering chicken pieces swimming in the most delicious silky Chinese sauce exploding with flavour, this is one Kung Pao chicken recipe hard to pass up!

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Servings 3 people.

Prep time 15 minutes.

Cook time 5 minutes.

Total time 20 minutes.


  • 1 1/2 boneless & skinless chicken breasts.
  • Three tablespoons roasted peanuts.
  • 6-8 dried red chillies, seeded and cut into halves.
  • Three tablespoons oil.
  • Five slices peeled fresh ginger.
  • Two cloves garlic sliced diagonally.
  • One stalk scallion, cut into rings.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • One teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • One teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese black vinegar
  • Two tablespoons water
  • One teaspoon cornstarch


  • One tablespoon cornstarch
  • Two teaspoons soy sauce
  • One tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing rice wine, (optional)
  • One teaspoon oil
Kung Pao Chicken


  1. Cut the chicken meat into small cubes, rinse in water, pat dry with paper towels and marinate with the ingredients above for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat a wok with one tablespoon of oil and stir-fry the marinated chicken until they are 70% cook. Dish out and set aside. After that clean the wok and add in the remaining two tablespoons of oil until it’s fully heated. And then add in the ginger and garlic slices and do a quick stir before adding in the dried red chillies.
  4. Stir fry the dried red chillies until aromatic and smell spicy, then add in the chicken meat. Do a few quick stirs before adding in the roasted peanuts. After that, add the sauce and stir continuously until the chicken meat is nicely coated with the sauce. Once it is done add in the scallions, stir to combine well with the chicken, dish out and serve immediately with steamed rice.


You can check out my Kung Pao Shrimp recipe if you like shrimp. You may use rice vinegar, red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar instead of Chinese black vinegar. As different soy sauce tastes differently and has different levels of sodium, so please adjust the saltiness accordingly. Add some more sugar and water, if the sauce tastes too salty. If it’s not salty, add a little salt to taste.


  1. Amount Per serving (3 people)
  2. Calories 360Calories from Fat 207

Daily Value

Fat 23g35%, Saturated Fat 14g88%, Cholesterol 72mg24%, Sodium 1018mg44%, Potassium 529mg15%, Carbohydrates 9g3%, Fiber 1g4%, Sugar 2g2%, Protein 29g58%, Vitamin A 135IU3%, Vitamin C 2.7mg3%, Calcium 19mg2%, Iron 1mg

What is Kung Pao chicken?

This Kung Pao Chicken is from the Sichuan province in China. The Chinese name of this dish is 宫保鸡丁 (gong bao ji ding), but some restaurants spell it as Gong Bao Chicken or Kung Po Chicken.

Is Kung Pao Chicken Authentic?

The authentic recipe calls for Sichuan peppercorn for the numbing flavour and loads of dried red chillies for the “mala” (spicy and numbing) flavours.

The Americanized version we get here is not authentic but delicious. Vegetables such as carrots, water chestnuts, celery, zucchini, and broccoli are part of the dish.

Kung pao sauce:

The Kung Pao Sauce is the soul of Kung Pao Chicken this dish. The sauce is brown, mildly spicy and dangerously addictive. It tastes salty, sweet and vinegary. The secret ingredient of this dish is Chinese black (dark) vinegar and below is the list of ingredients of the sauce:

  • Soy sauce
  • Dark soy sauce
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Corn Starch

And the spiciness of Kung Pao Chicken dish comes from the dried red chillies in the stir-fry and not from the sauce of the dish. For equally delicious results, you may use rice vinegar, red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

How do you make Kung Pao Chicken?

This is a stir-fry Kung Pao chicken dish in a wok or skillet. First, you cook the ginger and garlic with heated oil, and then you add the dried red chillies to bring out the spiciness. After that, add the chicken, peanuts and the Kung Pao Sauce and cook until the chicken is done.

Tips on how to stir-fry Kung Pao Chicken:

  • Heat the wok or skillet before stir-frying.
  • You need to cut the chicken into uniform pieces, so they cook evenly.
  • And it would help if you prepared the Kung Pao Sauce in advance by mixing all the ingredients.
  • The spatula plays an active role in stir-frying, so use it to stir and toss the ingredients in a back continuously and forth, circular, turning and flipping motions.

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