This delicious Kung Pao Chicken is everything you want an Asian dinner recipe to be. It's full of flavor, a little spicy, sweet and super easy to make. You will LOVE it!

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken is a quick and easy dinner recipe you will absolutely love. | theendlessmeal.com

Say it with me, “Kung Pao Chicken!” Ok ok, now say it with me like you really mean it, “Kung Paaaoooo Chiiickennnn!”

Isn't that fun?

I can't help but want to pull out some hiya kung fu ninja moves when I say, “Kung Pao Chicken.” #NeverGrowingUp

And where's the ninja emoji when you need one. Seriously, emoji makers, we need a ninja dude!

Back to this recipe … you guys, you really want to make this. It's crazy delicious and will take you all of 35 minutes to whip together. It's kind of a no brainer.

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken is a quick and easy dinner recipe you will absolutely love. | theendlessmeal.com

How to make Kung Pao Chicken

  1. Get in the groove with some Kung Fu Fighting ninja moves. Def don't miss this step!
  2. Put on a pot of rice. You need to be authentic, yo.
  3. Make the quick and easy kung pao chicken sauce by dumping all the ingredients into a small bowl and mixing them together.
  4. Coat the chicken with a little flour and then giving it a quick pan fry to brown it.
  5. Stir fry the onions and peppers then mix everything together.
  6. Eat!

See how easy that was?

If you want to get all veggie crazy here, you could totally pile on the vegetables. Broccoli, eggplant, bok choy, mushrooms, carrots, and cauliflower would all make delish kung pao additions.

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken is a quick and easy dinner recipe you will absolutely love. | theendlessmeal.com
Spicy Kung Pao Chicken is a quick and easy dinner recipe you will absolutely love. | theendlessmeal.com

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Spicy Kung Pao Chicken

This delicious Kung Pao Chicken is everything you want an Asian dinner recipe to be. It's full of flavor, a little spicy, sweet and super easy to make. You will LOVE it!

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Ingredients

  • Rice or quinoa, for serving

Kung Pao Chicken Sauce

  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce, sub gluten-free hoisin sauce, if needed
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, sub gluten-free soy sauce, if needed
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon Chinkiang vinegar, or sub rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper

Kung Pao Chicken

  • Neutral flavored oil, enough to cover the bottom of a large skillet
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour, sub gluten-free, if needed
  • ½ teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
  • 4 red chilis, chilis de arbol
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of your knife
  • 2 inch piece of ginger, julienned
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • Green onions and sesame seeds, to garnish

Instructions 

  • If you are serving this over rice or quinoa, start that first.
  • Add all the Kung Pao Chicken sauce ingredients, plus 2 tablespoons of water, to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
    ¼ cup hoisin sauce, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1 tablespoon Chinkiang vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, ½ teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
  • Add enough oil to cover the bottom of a large skillet. Heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is shimmering. While the oil is heating, place the chicken in a large, resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and Sichuan pepper then pour it into the bag with the chicken. Shake the bag until the chicken is well coated in the flour.
    8 boneless skinless chicken thighs, ¼ cup all-purpose flour, ½ teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
  • Working in 2-3 batches, add the chicken to the hot skillet, shaking the pan gently as you add the chicken to prevent it from sticking. Cook the chicken until it is brown and crispy on both sides, about 8 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and drain off all but approximately 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Add the chilis to the pan and let them cook for 1 minute, or until they are soft and starting to brown. Add the garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for another minute. Add the onion and let it cook, stirring often, about 3 minutes. Add the red peppers and cook for another 2 minutes.
    4 red chilis, 4 cloves garlic, 2 inch piece of ginger, 1 onion, 2 red peppers
  • Add the chicken back into the pan and pour the sauce over top. Stir continuously until it has thickened, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir through the peanuts.
    ½ cup dry roasted peanuts
  • Serve over rice or quinoa and garnish with green onion slices and sesame seeds.
    Green onions and sesame seeds

Notes

Pair with steamed basmati rice or cauliflower rice

Perfect basmati rice in a pot.cauliflower rice in a pan with a wooden spoon.
Serving: 1 serving = ¼ of the recipe, Calories: 689kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 55g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Monounsaturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 215mg, Sodium: 1120mg, Potassium: 1126mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 2674IU, Vitamin C: 144mg, Calcium: 93mg, Iron: 4mg
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