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a scoop of kung pao chicken on a sliver spoon

Kung Pao Chicken

Colorful and flavorable Chinese kung pao chicken is one of the popular dishes among Chinese restaurants. This kung pao chicken recipe is very simple and easy. Also, it’s a quick dish that can be done in 15 minutes and great to serve with jasmine rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 240kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 2 pieces

    Chicken thighs

  • 6-8 pieces Dried chili peppers
  • 4 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 2 sticks

    Green onion

  • 1/4 cup Peanuts (I used roasted)
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil

Marinated chicken :

  • 1 tablespoon

    Sesame oil

  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

Sauce mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon

    Soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon

    Rice wine

  • 2 teaspoons

    White Vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons


  • 2 teaspoons


  • 1 teaspoon

    Corn starch 


  • Minced garlic and set aside
  • Cut green onion into strips and set aside
  • Diced chicken thighs and marinated the chicken by adding: 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. The best to let it set fo 15 minutes before cooking.
  • At the same time, in a container mix the sauce by adding: 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 teaspoons of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of rice wine, 2 teaspoons of water, 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of corn starch. Then, mix them very well.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil into non-stick pan and stir fried them little bit. Then, add the minced garlic and keep stir frying.
  • After that, pour the sauce mixture, add dried chili peppers, green onion, peanuts, and stir fried until the chicken is done.




  • Marinated chicken thighs 15 minutes before cooking
  • Add 6-8 chili pepper depending how spicy you want. If you cut up the chili pepper, it is pretty spicy. I added it as a whole and just give a little spiciness to the dish.


Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 235mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg