Spicy Wok Delight: Kung Pao Chicken


Dive into the world of fiery flavors with our Spicy Wok Delight: Kung Pao Chicken. This classic Chinese dish combines tender chicken pieces with crunchy peanuts, vibrant bell peppers, and spicy chilies, all stir-fried in a savory and slightly sweet sauce. It's a dish that perfectly balances heat, sweetness, and nuttiness, making every bite an adventure for your taste buds!

Spicy Wok Delight: Kung Pao Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1 bowl

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 25g
  • Sodium: 800mg
  • Sugar: 5g


  • Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless): 500g (1.1 lbs or 17.6 oz), cut into bite-size pieces
  • Dried Red Chilies: 6, chopped
  • Bell Peppers: 2 (red and green), diced
  • Roasted Peanuts: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Soy Sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Hoisin Sauce: 2 tbsp
  • Rice Vinegar: 1 tbsp
  • Cornstarch: 2 tbsp
  • Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
  • Ginger: 1 tbsp, minced
  • Sesame Oil: 2 tbsp
  • Green Onions: 2, sliced
  • Vegetable Oil: for frying
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Toss chicken with cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  2. Stir-Fry: Heat oil in a wok. Fry chicken until golden. Remove and set aside.
  3. Sauté Vegetables: In the same wok, cook bell peppers, garlic, ginger, and red chilies.
  4. Make Sauce: Combine soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and rice vinegar. Add to the wok.
  5. Combine: Return chicken to the wok. Add peanuts. Stir-fry until well coated.
  6. Serve: Garnish with green onions and a drizzle of sesame oil. Serve with steamed rice.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use a high heat for a quick stir-fry and to keep the vegetables crisp.
  • Adjust the number of chilies to your spice preference.
  • Add a splash of water if the sauce gets too thick.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different nut?

Yes, cashews are a great alternative to peanuts.

How can I make it less spicy?

Reduce the number of dried chilies or omit them.

Can I add other vegetables?

Yes, zucchini or broccoli make great additions.