Kung Po Chicken

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
2 to 4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Sauce:
  • 7 tablespoons cold vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinkiang black rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili sauce
  • Chicken:
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts or 4 thighs, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Salt and ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon potato flour or cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns
  • 4 dried red chiles
  • 1 tablespoon Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 2 scallions, chopped into 1-inch lengths
  • Handful of dry-roasted cashews
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • For the sauce: Add the vegetable stock, cornstarch, hoisin sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar and chili sauce to a medium bowl and stir to combine.

  • For the chicken: Place the chicken in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the potato flour or cornstarch and mix well to coat the chicken pieces.

  • Heat a wok over high heat until it starts to smoke and then add the peanut oil. Add the Sichuan peppercorns and dried chiles and fry for a few seconds, then add the chicken pieces and stir-fry for 2 minutes. As the chicken begins to turn opaque, add the rice wine or dry sherry. Cook for an additional 2 minutes, then pour in the sauce.

  • Bring the mixture to a boil, add the red pepper and cook until the meat is cooked through and the sauce has thickened and become slightly sticky in consistency, another 2 minutes. Add the scallions and cook for 1 minute. Toss in the cashews, then transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately.


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