Kung Pao Chicken (Spicy Stir-fry Chicken)

...known as Kungpo Chicken in restaurants, is a spicy stir-fry chicken...
The cooking style - Kung Pao is originated from the Sichuan province of China. The authentic Kung Pao Chicken calls for Sichuan peppercorns but here in Malaysia Kung Pao Chicken or more known as Kungpo Chicken (宫保鸡丁), is a spicy stir-fry chicken with dried chillies, onions, ginger, spring onions and top with roasted cashew nuts.

I wasn't a big fan of Kungpo Chicken UNTIL my mom (in law) cooked this dish during one of the dinners at home. It was so yummy-licious that I fell in love with this dish! I love the fragrance of the stir-fry dried chillies, spring onions, ginger and onions, combined with the spiciness and savory of the sauce. It was a perfect match!

Here's my version of Kungpo Chicken, following my mom's (in law) recipe. It is exactly how I've tasted it. I've replaced the cashew nuts with peanuts and it turned out to be a good combination too. Yumm... yum...

Prep Time  : 20 mins
Cook Time : 10 mins
Total Time : 30 mins
Serves       : 2 pax

1 whole leg chicken (400g), deboned and cubed
5 slices ginger
1 stalk spring onion, cut into 3-4cm length
1 red onion, wedges
5 pcs dried chillies
1/4 cup roasted unsalted peanuts/ cashew nuts

1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Seasoning (Combined in a small bowl)
2 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 Tbsp chilli sauce
1 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp sugar or to taste

Thickening (Combined)
1 tsp tapioca starch
1 Tbsp water

1. Marinade chicken with oyster sauce and vegetable oil for 15 minutes.

2. Heat approx. 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok, stir-fry dried red chillies, ginger and spring onions until aromatic.

3. Add in onion wedges and chicken cubes and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked. Pour the seasoning in and stir-fry till fragrant. Thicken with starch mixture. Dish up and sprinkle with roasted peanuts and some chopped spring onions.

● I am using extra hot dried chillies. If you are using the normal type, you may use upto 10-15pcs.

Make this recipe? Don't forget to snap a photo of it and tag #msyummyliciousrecipe on social media! I would love to see them! Enjoy my recipe!

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