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Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken is a spicy stir-fried chicken and vegetable recipe. The spicy sauce is made with chili sauce, boy sauce and black vinegar. 
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 388 kcal


Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs trimmed and diced into bite-sized pieces

Kung-Pao Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • pinch of granulated sugar

Stir Fry Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil canola, vegetable or other neutral oil
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts
  • 3-4 dried red chilies
  • 2 green onions chopped for garnish


  • Combine marinade ingredients and chicken in a bowl and resealable plastic bag. Marinate for 1 hour.
  • In a bowl whisk together Kung Pao Sauce ingredients.
  • After chicken has marinated, heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wok (or large skillet). Remove chicken from marinade and brown over medium-high heat. Transfer to plate set aside.
  • In the same pan you cooked the chicken in heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add diced bell peppers, peanuts and chilies. Cook for 2 minutes. Return chicken to the pan. Pour in sauce mixture. Toss to coat. Continue cooking over medium-high heat until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through.
  • Transfer to serving dish. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.


My family didn't find this version too spicy, but if you'd like to keep the spice down use 1 - 2 of the dried chilies. 
We prefer chicken thighs in this recipe, but you can also substitute boneless skinless chicken breasts. 
Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 388kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 38gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 162mgSodium: 905mgPotassium: 695mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1250IUVitamin C: 64mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 2mg
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Keywords: chicken, chili pepper, cornstarch, dried chili peppers, kung pao, peanuts, spicy