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.

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Your Kung Pao Chicken Game Plan

  1. Get in the grove 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 deelish 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 is a quick and easy dinner recipe you will absolutely love. | theendlessmeal.com

Spicy Kung Pao Chicken

  • Author: Kristen Stevens | The Endless Meal
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings (can be cut in half) 1x

Description

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

For the Kung Pao Chicken Sauce:

For the 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
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (sub gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Sichuan pepper
  • 4 red chilis (chilis de arbol)
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed with the side of your knife
  • 12” piece of ginger, julienned
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • Green onions and sesame seeds, to garnish

Instructions

  1. If you are serving this over rice or quinoa, start that first.
  2. Add all the Kung Pao Chicken sauce ingredients, plus 2 tablespoons of water, to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Serve over rice or quinoa and garnish with green onion slices and sesame seeds.

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