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Kung Pao Chicken

No recipe image available.Kung Pau Chicken is a classic dish in Sichuan cuisine, originating in the Sichuan Province of Central-Western China. Allegedly, the dish is named after Ding Baozhen (1820–1886), a late Qing Dynasty official. Born in Guizhou, Ding served as head of Shandong province and later as governor of Sichuan province. His title was Gong Bao (?), or palatial guardian. The name 'Kung Pao' chicken is derived from this title. In America, this spicy dish is a favorite item on the menu in Chinese restaurants, so get out your wok and enjoy this 'kicking chicken' it at home!

Recipe Ingredients:

2 boneless, skinless, chicken breast halves, cubed
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons black bean sauce*
2 tablespoons water
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce*
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoon sherry
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup raw unsalted peanuts
1 to 2 dried red chiles, crushed (or 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes)
Hot cooked rice (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine chicken, egg white and cornstarch in small bowl.
  2. Mix next 7 ingredients in another small bowl. Set sauce aside.
  3. Heat oil in wok or heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add peanuts and chiles and cook until peanuts are golden brown, about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Increase heat to high. Add chicken mixture and stir-fry until chicken is lightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Return peanuts to wok/pan. Add sauce and blend thoroughly. Cook until heated through, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Serve immediately over hot cooked rice, if desired.

Makes 2 servings.

*Available in major grocery stores, as well as Asian Specialty Markets.