Kung Pao Chicken

The chicken is stir-fried instead of deep-fried, reducing the fat content in this healthier version of a popular dish. It is quite spicy, with the inclusion of dried red chillies, but you can also add a fresh long red chilli for additional kick!

Kung Pao Chicken

Ingredients

  • 500g skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 2 tablespoons peanut or rice bran oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 8 dried red chillies, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup (50g) raw cashew nuts or peanuts, toasted
  • steamed rice, to serve

Preparation

  1. To make the marinade, combine all of the ingredients in a shallow bowl. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the peanut oil in a wok or large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the chicken, in two batches if necessary, and cook for 5 minutes or until just golden. Remove to a plate.
  3. Heat another 1 tablespoon of the oil in the wok and add the garlic and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the chilli, Sichuan pepper and the white part of the spring onion and stir-fry for 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  4. Combine the soy sauce, rice wine and sugar in a small bowl, then add to the chilli mixture in the wok and stir well. Add the chicken and stir-fry for about 2 minutes to heat through. Stir in the spring onion greens and cashew nuts. Remove from the heat, divide among serving bowls and serve with steamed rice.

Serves: 4
Preparation: 10 minutes, plus 30 minutes marinating
Cooking: 15 minutes
 

Latest from Recipes

Featured Articles
Why Are Traffic Lights Red, Yellow and Green? Magazine
Why Are Traffic Lights Red, Yellow and Green?
Ever wondered why blue doesn't mean go and brown mean stop? Turns out, there's a perfectly good explanation for it.
How to Kick a Sugar Addiction Without Missing the Sweet Stuff Health  
How to Kick a Sugar Addiction Without Missing the Sweet Stuff
Have a yo-yo relationship with sugar? You're not alone. Here's how to break up with sugar for good – so you can finally stop those midnight cookie cravings.
How to Get What You Paid For Magazine  
How to Get What You Paid For
Our tears are far more important than scientists once believed.
10 Things You Should Never Do On An Airplane Travel
10 Things You Should Never Do On An Airplane
Experts reveal where the germs are hiding and how to stay healthy and comfortable while airborne.
Advertisement