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Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken hails from the Szechuan region of china and is a slightly sweet and sour dish with loads of spice. Though you can make it as mild or hot as you like, it really is at it’s best when nice and spicy. Ideally it uses Szechuan or rose peppers rather than black pepper but it is really hard to get so I used black pepper instead.

This is far nicer than the one you get in many Chinese restaurants which many add chilli to sweet and sour sauce and call it Kung Po. Unfortunately this means most have ridiculous amounts of sugar in them and so are seriously bad for you and your family. Plus it would be expensive to feed a family unlike my recipe which works out around €7 for 4 portions.

MAKE IT WITH PRAWNS

Substitute the chicken with prawns and add them when you add the veggies. 6 – 10 prawns per portion will be grand.

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Ingredients

4 chicken breasts
1 pepper or half a read and half a yellow
4 spring onions
1 red chilli use 2 or 3 if you like it really hot as the dish should be
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or 1 tbsp puree
1 inch piece of ginger, finely chopped or 1 tbsp paste
THE MARINADE
1 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp rice wine (not vinegar) or 1 tbsp water
1 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil not olive or rapeseed
2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
THE SAUCE
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
75 ml water
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar, white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
75g salted peanuts (optional)

Instructions

1
Place all the marinade ingredients together in a bowl and mix well so the cornflour dissolves
2
Slice the chicken in half lengthwise then cut into cubes. Look at the quick video above to see just how to do this and the size you want them
3
Place the chicken pieces in the marinade, mix well then place in your fridge until needed.
4
Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until the cornflour dissolves and set to one side
5
Cut all the veg into cubes and slice the chilli. See the short video above to see the correct sizes
6
Heat 2 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil in a wok or non stick pan. Olive oil won't work as it doesn't get hot enough. Rapeseed will work if you need to use it
7
When the pan is nice and hot add the chicken and cook for 4 minutes
8
Remove the chicken from the pan or wok and place in a bowl until needed
9
Clean the wok or pan then add 2 tbsp of oil then add the veg when nice and hot
10
Cook for 2 minutes then add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes, add the sauce and cook for 1 - 2 minutes more then add the peanuts if using them ad give it one last stir
11
Taste and serve if happy. It may need a little more water to balance the flavours
    • Geraldine McCormick
    • 24th March 2017
    Reply

    Made this last night and it was delicious everyone loved it. I only used less than a tablespoon of sugar as I didn’t want it too sweet. The flavours were amazing.

    • swad12345
    • 28th March 2017
    Reply

    Made this Saturday night, doubled the sauce & it was πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ€€πŸ€€πŸ€€πŸ€€ like all the others I’ve tried this is most definetly a keeper cheers Liam πŸ‘

    • Aoife
    • 29th March 2017
    Reply

    What can I say Liam yet another huge hit in this house thanks for sharing πŸ‘

    • Izzabelle9
    • 1st April 2017
    Reply

    Husband tells me he’s not keen on peppers in the recipes , what can I use instesd? Personally I love them shame!

    1. You can use any veg you like really. Small broccoli florets, baby corn, green beans, mange tout, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, pok choi, chinese cabbage, kale, butternut squash, sweet potato etc.
      The beauty about making food at home yourself is you can adapt any recipe to suit your own tastes πŸ™‚

    • Izzabelle9
    • 2nd April 2017
    Reply

    Thank you for the ideas just couldn’t get my head round not liking peppers been together 30yrs .Ah well I suppose tastes change as you get older! Looking forward to trying more recipes.

    • Rebecca
    • 5th April 2017
    Reply

    Made this dish last night. Super easy to make and the chicken was so tender as i marinated it overnight. Great for kids too as not too hot. Another successful receipe! thanks Liam

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