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Easy Kung Pao Chicken

A quick and easy kung pao chicken that only requires 20 minutes to prepare. Use this method and you’ll always create moist and tender chicken with no fuss!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 2
Calories: 413kcal
Author: Maggie Zhu

Ingredients

Peanut

  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/3 cup raw peanuts

Chicken

  • 1 (250 grams) chicken breast , cubed
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons Chinkiang vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose chili garlic sauce 2 - 3 tablespoons for a less spicy dish
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Stir Fry

  • 1/3 cup Chinese scallion , chopped (or green onion)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber , cubed

Instructions

  • Heat peanut oil in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat until warm. Add raw peanuts and turn down to medium heat. Stir occasionally, until the peanuts turn brown and have a nice nutty aroma. Transfer the peanuts to a plate lined with several layers of paper towel to cool. Save the rest of the oil in the skillet for later use.
    Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Cut chicken breast into 1 to 1.5 cm (1/2 inch) cubes and transfer to a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon light soy sauce and mix well. Add 2 teaspoons cornstarch. Mix by hand until the chicken is evenly coated with a thin layer of starch. Set aside.
    Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Combine the remaining 1 tablespoon light soy sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, sugar, chili garlic sauce, and the remaining 1 teaspoon cornstarch to a small bowl. Mix well.
  • Cut and prepare the rest of the veggies.
    Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Heat the same nonstick skillet again, over medium high heat. If there is not enough oil to cover the bottom of the skillet, add a bit more. When the oil is hot, spread the chicken across the skillet without overlapping the . Let it cook without stirring for 20 seconds. Flip to cook the other side for another 20 seconds. Stir a few times until all surfaces are cooked and slightly browned, but the inside is still raw.
    Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Add the scallion and stir another few times. Mix the kung pao sauce again and pour it over the chicken. Immediately stir a few times to mix well until the sauce thickens, 20 seconds. Stop heat. Add peanuts and cucumber. Give it one last stir to mix well. Transfer everything to a plate.
    Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Easy Kung Pao Chicken Cooking Process | omnivorescookbook.com
  • Serve warm over steamed rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 180g | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.4g | Protein: 32.8g | Fat: 23.1g | Saturated Fat: 3.1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 3.2g | Sugar: 11.2g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 6.6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.7mg