Kung pao chicken is the best 30-minute Chinese stir-fry dinner at home. Juicy chicken bits are tossed in a glossy tangy-sweet-savory sauce, then served over warm rice to soak up all that delicious flavor.
When you spot a ton of dried chili peppers in a Chinese dish, you know it’s a classic Sichuan dish at heart. This province in China is known for creating spiced, bold flavors accentuated by whole-dried chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. It’s layered and complex (though easy to whip up) and the tongue-numbing effect of Sichuan peppercorns is very distinctive to kung pao chicken.
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00:39 Slice the chicken breasts into small cubes.
01:07 Velvet the chicken and let it marinate.
01:40 Make the kung pao sauce.
02:11 What are Sichuan peppercorns?
02:59 Are the dried red chili peppers spicy?
03:55 Tips and substitutions for the spicy flavor.
04:10 Chop and prep the stir fry vegetables.
05:10 My wok and wok utensils.
05:31 Should you use peanuts or cashews in this recipe?
05:51 Dry roast the nuts.
06:08 Stir fry the chicken.
06:33 Stir fry the vegetables, spices, and aromatics.
06:52 Add the sauce and combine everything together.
07:39 Serve the kung pao chicken over rice.
08:09 Taste test.
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