Kung Pao Chicken


This spicy kung pao chicken is similar to what is served in Chinese restaurants. It's easy to make, and you can be as creative with the measurements as you want. The sauce reduces until nice and thick. Substitute cashews for peanuts, or bamboo shoots for the water chestnuts. You can't go wrong! Enjoy!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons white wine, divided

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into chunks

  • 1 ounce hot chile paste

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts

  • 4 ounces chopped peanuts

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic


  1. Combine water and cornstarch in cup. Set aside.

  2. Combine 1 tablespoon wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and 1 tablespoon cornstarch/water mixture in large glass bowl. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat. Cover dish and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

  3. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and remaining cornstarch/water mixture in a medium bowl. Whisk in chile paste, brown sugar, and vinegar. Add water chestnuts, peanuts, green onions, and garlic and toss to coat.

  4. Transfer water chestnut mixture to a medium skillet. Heat slowly over medium heat until aromatic.

  5. Meanwhile, remove chicken from marinade. Add to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

  6. Combine water chestnut mixture and sautéed chicken together in one skillet. Adjust heat and simmer together until sauce thickens.

    stir-fried chicken breast pieces with peanuts and sauce over white rice

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

437 Calories
23g Fat
25g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 437
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 596mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 621mg 13%

* 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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