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Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting while I was Kung Pao Cooking! 🥋


This fabulous dish is on every Chinese Takeout menu! Although this classic dish is found throughout China, there are regional variations that are typically less spicy than the Sichuan serving.


Make at Home Kung Pao Chicken




Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs. chicken breasts, boneless, skinless and chopped into small pieces

5 Tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to your preference )

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 tsp. Freshly grated ginger

4 scallions, chopped

1 large red bell pepper, chopped

For the Marinade

1 tbsp. rice vinegar

1/4 tsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp. soy sauce

1 large egg white

1 tsp. cornstarch

For the Sauce:

1 tsp. cornstarch

1/4 cup chicken broth

1 tsp. chili paste

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. rice vinegar

1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar

1 tsp. red wine vinegar

1 tsp. sesame oil

2 cups white rice , for serving


Instructions

In medium sized bowl add all ingredients together for marinade. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and place in refrigerator for at least 30 mins. In small bowl combine all ingredients for the sauce and set aside.

Add 1 tbsp. of oil to a wok or large skillet and heat to medium. Add the red pepper flakes and peanuts and stir-fry until peanuts are golden (approx. 2 minutes). Remove the peanuts and pepper flakes from skillet and place in a bowl. Set aside. Add 2 tbsp. of oil back in pan and bring heat to medium-high. Using a slotted spoon scoop up half of the chicken and place into the hot skillet in a single layer. Cook chicken for 2 minutes on each side, flipping only once, until golden (chicken does not need to be completely cooked through).  Remove chicken and place into the bowl with the peanuts.

Add 2 tbsp. of oil in skillet and cook remaining chicken. Return peanuts and chicken to the pan and add ginger, bell peppers and scallions. Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add in the sauce and cook for a few minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and the sauce begin to slightly thicken.  Remove from heat and serve with cooked rice.


Enjoy! 😉

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