This is my favorite recipe for Kung Pao chicken. It tastes like the one from my favorite Chinese place. It is quick and easy too. Serve with warm cooked rice. Try it!

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Mix the chicken, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, salt, pepper, and 1 pinch of five-spice powder together in a bowl until the chicken is coated, and set aside.

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  • Whisk together water, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, rice vinegar, and 1 pinch of five-spice powder in a bowl until the mixture is smooth, and set aside.

  • Place 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook and stir the chicken mixture until the chicken is browned, about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken from the wok, and set aside.

  • Pour 1 more tablespoon of oil into the heated wok, and stir in the onion, celery, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir the vegetables until they start to become tender, about 3 minutes. Pour in the cornstarch mixture, and cook and stir until the sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Remove the wok from the heat, lightly stir in the cooked chicken and peanuts, and serve.

Nutrition Facts

277 calories; 13.7 g total fat; 65 mg cholesterol; 457 mg sodium. 12.1 g carbohydrates; 26.3 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2014
This was very good Kung Pao Chicken. It is spiced perfectly. If you read the recipe it clearly states to add red peppers to taste. So if you like your Chinese food spicy throw in a tablespoon of red pepper. Also if you don't like so much sweet cut the brown sugar in half. I did not have Chinese five-spice powder but is easy enough to make if you have the ingredients in your kitchen and it a must. Will be making this on a regular basis. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/04/2012
Too sweet - not spicy enough. The sauce is really thick - sorry but this is not the recipe for us. Read More
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26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
10/04/2011
The kung- pao chicken tastes good but it is not as good as Panda Express it needs more spice. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/19/2009
not bad but not great either Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2014
This was very good Kung Pao Chicken. It is spiced perfectly. If you read the recipe it clearly states to add red peppers to taste. So if you like your Chinese food spicy throw in a tablespoon of red pepper. Also if you don't like so much sweet cut the brown sugar in half. I did not have Chinese five-spice powder but is easy enough to make if you have the ingredients in your kitchen and it a must. Will be making this on a regular basis. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
05/04/2012
Too sweet - not spicy enough. The sauce is really thick - sorry but this is not the recipe for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2012
I've made this several times and not only is it delicious it's a very flexible recipe. Sometimes I have more or less chicken sometimes no green onions sometimes I make extra sauce sometimes I don't add the peanuts. No matter what the flavor is wonderful! No idea if it's authentic but it's good. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/13/2015
Turned out pretty bland for me. Needs more flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2014
Amazing! I used only two green onions and about a cup of peanuts which I did not Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2017
Pretty easy and tasty. I added mushrooms and I think you could add any veggies you want. This is a good way to use extra celery. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2014
my family love the dinner it is very spicy though awesome recipe thank you Read More