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Homemade Kung Pao Chicken

A healthy kung pao chicken recipe, inspired by Chinese sauces and spices.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Chinese
Servings 6
Calories 750 kcal


  • 1 1/2 ponds boneless chicken breasts (chopped into cubes)
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp red cooking wine
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped julienne style)
  • 3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup honey roasted peanuts


Sauce prep

  • Combine water, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon red cooking wine, balsamic vinegar, hoisin sauce, honey, and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch.

Cooking chicken

  • In medium sized bowl, mix together chicken and cornstarch.
  • Once chicken is evenly coated, add in 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and 1 tablespoon of red cooking wine.
  • Heat olive oil in pan for 1 minute over medium heat.
  • Add chicken to pan and toss to cook until crispy.
  • Once chicken is crispy (roughly 5 minutes), add in bell peppers, garlic, and ginger, cooking for another 3 minutes.
  • Pour in sauce from preparation and cook until the sauce thickens and is evenly coated around the chicken.
  • Finally, stir in the sesame oil and peanuts, cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve with rice.
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