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Kung Pao Chicken

Colorful and flavorful Chinese kung pao chicken or gong bao chicken (宮保雞丁) is one of the popular dishes like orange chicken among American Chinese restaurants. This kung pao chicken recipe is easy. Also, it's a quick and simple ingredient dish that can be done in 20 minutes and great to serve with jasmine rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 143kcal
Author Tracy O.


  • 1 Zucchini (Medium small)
  • 2 pieces Chicken thighs (Boneless and skinless)
  • 4 pieces Dried chili peppers (Cut up and remove the seeds)
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 2 sticks Green onion
  • ¼ cup Roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil

Marinated chicken :

  • ½ tablespoon Sesame oil
  • teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cooking rice wine

Sauce mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon Soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Water 
  • ½ teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cornstarch 


  • Cut and dice 1 medium small sized zucchini.
  • Mince 4 cloves of garlic and set it aside.
  • Cut 2 sticks of green onion and set it aside.
  • The following, cut 4 pieces of dried red chili peppers. (You can use 2-3 pieces of chili pepper if you can't handle spicy food. Also, try to remove as many seeds as possible.)
  • After that, cut 2 pieces of boneless and skinless chicken thighs into cubes.
  • To marinate the chicken, add ½ tablespoon of sesame oil, ⅛ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of cooking rice wine. Let it marinate for at least 15 minutes before cooking.
  • At the same time, in a small container, add 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons of water, ½ teaspoon of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. Then, mix it well.
  • Next, pour 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil into the non-stick pan.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir fry it a little bit.
  • The following step, add the diced zucchini. and stir fry them a little bit.
  • Move the zucchini on the side of the pan and add marinated chicken thighs. Stir fry them until it starts changing color.
  • After, add the cut and dried chili peppers.
  • Stir the sauce mixture very well. Then, pour it into the pan and stir fry with the chicken and zucchini.
  • Pour ¼ cup of roasted peanuts into the pan. stir fry it with chicken and zucchini a little bit.
  • Lastly, add the cut green onion. Mix it and ready to serve.



Cooking tips for how to cook gong bao chicken:

  • Marinated chicken thighs for at least 15 minutes before cooking.
  • Cut 4 dried red chili peppers depending how spicy you want. Remember to remove as many seeds as possible. If you can't handle spicy, try to use 1-2 pieces of dried red chili peppers.
  • Stir the sauce mixture very well before pouring into the pan with chicken and zucchini.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 491IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg