Chongqing Chicken


This is similar to Kung Pao Chicken, especially if you add the optional peanuts. You can control the spiciness of this dish by the number of chile peppers you add. I like it spicy so I add extra chile peppers.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 servings



  • 1 tablespoon cooking sherry

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces


  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • 1 tablespoon garlic chile paste

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds

  • 3 tablespoons oil, divided

  • ½ cup dried red chile peppers

  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 scallions, sliced, white and green parts separated

  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts (Optional)

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, or to taste


  1. Mix cooking sherry, soy sauce, cornstarch, salt and pepper for the marinade in a bowl. Add chicken pieces and set aside to marinate.

  2. Combine chicken stock, chile paste, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch for the sauce in a bowl. Stir until well combined, add sesame seeds, and set aside.

  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chile peppers and cook until they turn dark red, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from skillet and set aside.

  4. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the skillet and fry chicken pieces until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add cracked pepper, ginger, garlic, salt, white parts of scallions, and peanuts. Fry an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Add reserved chiles and sauce. Cook and stir until mixture has thickened or desired consistency is reached, about 5 minutes. Garnish with additional sesame seeds and green parts of scallions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

914 Calories
64g Fat
36g Carbs
51g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 914
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 64g 83%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 2351mg 102%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 51g
Vitamin C 7mg 36%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 888mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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