This is an updated version of one of my earliest and most popular recipes. This chicken is fast, easy, delicious and historically significant!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Sauce:

Directions

  • Whisk grated ginger, garlic, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fish sauce, hot sauce, and soy sauce together in a large bowl.

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  • Place chicken chunks in a bowl. Pour 1/4 cup of the prepared sauce onto chicken chunks; mix until all chicken pieces are coated. Set aside 15 minutes.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over high heat. As soon as oil starts to smoke, place chicken chunks in a single layer in the pan. Cook and stir until chicken pieces start to caramelize and turn deep brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Stir in sliced jalapeno and red peppers, peanuts, and green onions. Cook and stir one minute. Pour in remainder of sauce. Simmer until heated through, 1 or 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Stir in cilantro. Serve over hot cooked rice and top with chopped green onions.

Nutrition Facts

1004 calories; 47.7 g total fat; 191 mg cholesterol; 1934 mg sodium. 93.6 g carbohydrates; 49.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (41)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2015
This is absolutely delicious and very easy to make. I made sure to use a cast iron skillet as I don't think the flavor would be quite there with a non-stick or thin pan. Used red peppers in mine as the other are not readily available to me. Boyfriend loved it. Recommend to watch the video to make sure you really "stay brave" and properly get the chicken caramelized:) - Will make this again and again! Thank you Chef John! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/24/2016
All the flavors are there but the saltiness overpowered everything and spoiled the dish.The only change I made was to cut back the heat. I used less hot sauce and substituted red peppers for the hot ones. The chicken was well caramalized and very tasty at that point. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2015
This is absolutely delicious and very easy to make. I made sure to use a cast iron skillet as I don't think the flavor would be quite there with a non-stick or thin pan. Used red peppers in mine as the other are not readily available to me. Boyfriend loved it. Recommend to watch the video to make sure you really "stay brave" and properly get the chicken caramelized:) - Will make this again and again! Thank you Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2015
This is absolutely delicious and very easy to make. I made sure to use a cast iron skillet as I don't think the flavor would be quite there with a non-stick or thin pan. Used red peppers in mine as the other are not readily available to me. Boyfriend loved it. Recommend to watch the video to make sure you really "stay brave" and properly get the chicken caramelized:) - Will make this again and again! Thank you Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2016
Delish! Yum! I left out the chili peppers (had to be careful for the other eater in my house) and the cilantro (didn't have it on hand) but otherwise I followed the recipe. I used a packet of boneless skinless chicken thighs from Costco which came to a pound so I cut the recipe in half. It was wonderful. I've made the original Caramel Chicken before so I knew this would be great. I highly recommend watching all of Chef John's videos if you are making something for the first time! Thanks Chef! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/06/2015
HEE HAW! Oh boy this is spicy! I used peppers from my garden seeded and deveined. Sriracha for the hot sauce in the marinade. Sinus clearing but really good. Make sure to have plenty of rice to accompany this. Chef John has a recipe on this site 'Caramel Chicken' that is similar without the extreme heat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2018
This is delicious. I've made it several times now for guests and they've all raved about it and it's my boyfriend's favorite dish that I make for him. I follow the recipe without any changes however I do find that I have to cook it for quite a bit longer than 8-10 minutes for the chicken to begin to caramelize. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/23/2016
All the flavors are there but the saltiness overpowered everything and spoiled the dish.The only change I made was to cut back the heat. I used less hot sauce and substituted red peppers for the hot ones. The chicken was well caramalized and very tasty at that point. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2017
This is great didn't change anything and saw where others suggested to let the chicken cook the 8-10 minutes to get the caramel type coating. So just watch your temp and it will make a nice coating on the chicken. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2017
This recipe has flavor! Often times when I come across recipes for stir fry types they are really bland. My spouse and I enjoy a lot of flavor and heat! My changes - I used 4 jalapenos instead of 2. Also I didn't have cilantro or green onions on hand so I used what I had which was a yellow onion. Totally worked! The next time I make it I will double the marinade so that we have more to add to rice for leftovers. Also I see others recommend using cast iron - I didn't but now I see why they suggested it. Yes use cast iron if you have it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2017
Wow! Just follow the recipe and watch the video. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2017
Amazing!!! Followed recipe exactly Read More
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