Chinese-Inspired Kung Pao Chicken


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你好, food enthusiasts! Embark on a culinary journey to China with this Chinese-Inspired Kung Pao Chicken. This fusion dish features tender chunks of chicken stir-fried with peanuts, bell peppers, and green onions in a flavorful sauce made with soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and a hint of spice. Serve this savory and slightly sweet dish with steamed rice for an authentic taste of Chinese cuisine at home. Let's dive in and elevate your dinner table with this delicious fusion creation!


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 2 bell peppers (red or green), diced
  • 3-4 green onions, sliced
  • Cooked rice, for serving
For the Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for added heat)

  1. Marinate the Chicken:
    • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and cornstarch. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, tossing to coat. Let the chicken marinate for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Make the Sauce:
    • In another bowl, whisk together soy sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, sesame oil, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes (if using). Set aside.
  3. Stir-Fry the Chicken:
    • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic and ginger, stirring constantly for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
    • Add marinated chicken pieces to the skillet in a single layer. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  4. Cook the Peanuts and Vegetables:
    • In the same skillet, add unsalted peanuts and diced bell peppers. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until the peppers are slightly softened.
  5. Combine and Simmer:
    • Return the cooked chicken to the skillet. Pour the prepared sauce over the chicken and vegetables. Stir to coat everything evenly.
    • Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and everything is heated through.
  6. Garnish and Serve:
    • Remove the skillet from heat and stir in sliced green onions.
    • Serve the Chinese-inspired Kung Pao chicken hot, over a bed of cooked rice.
  7. Enjoy:
    • Enjoy the savory and slightly spicy flavors of this Chinese-inspired Kung Pao chicken, a fusion of tender chicken, crunchy peanuts, and vibrant vegetables that will transport you to the bustling streets of China with every bite! 享受你的食物! (Xiǎngshòu nǐ de shíwù! - Enjoy your meal!)
This Kung Pao chicken is perfect for a quick and flavorful weeknight dinner. With its bold flavors and vibrant colors, this fusion creation is sure to become a favorite in your home.
I can practically smell the fragrant blend of spices and sauces already. Can't wait to give it a try and transport my taste buds to China. Thanks for sharing this delightful fusion dish with us! 🥢🌶️
Yum! Your Chinese-Inspired Kung Pao Chicken looks incredible! Love the blend of flavors and that spicy kick. Adding this to my must-try list for dinner this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe! 😋