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Kung Pao Chicken

My family loves the kung pao chicken from our favorite Chinese restaurant. But in less time than it takes for the delivery guy to arrive, we can be digging into a steaming platter of this copycat recipe! —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 15 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce or 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts


  • In a large bowl, combine the chicken, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, salt and pepper; set aside.
  • Place remaining cornstarch in a small bowl. Stir in the stock, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and chili sauce until smooth; set aside.
  • In a large skillet or wok, stir-fry chicken in batches in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm.
  • Stir-fry onion and red pepper in remaining oil for 2-5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add garlic and ginger; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add chicken; heat through. Stir in cilantro and peanuts.

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  • Paula Bunse
    Jan 31, 2021

    Love Kung Pao chicken and can't wait to try this recipe. If anyone is interested, I put the info into MyWW and it calculated 6 SmartPoints on Blue for 4 servings.

  • Kimosaabe
    Jan 17, 2021

    Directions are there, Jan. You just need to pay attention.

  • Kathleen
    Oct 30, 2019

    I most likely would have given this recipe a higher rating but the nutritional information per serving is missing and that’s very important to me.

  • Jan
    Sep 14, 2019

    There is only a list of ingredients but no directions on assembling the recipe. I love Kung Pao Chicken or with any other meat or shrimp and was looking forward to trying the recipe.