Panda Express(™) Kung Pao Chicken

Today I have a secret recipe for an Szechwan-inspired dish served at Panda Express Chinese Kitchen.  Kung Pao chicken is a spicy and flavor-packed dish with chicken, peanuts and vegetables, finished with chili peppers.  Serve this with steamed white or brown rice.

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Panda Express(™) Kung Pao Chicken
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1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 large egg
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon white wine
2 1/2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil , divided use
12 whole dry chili peppers (smaller than 3 inches; if longer, cut in half)
1/4 cup diced green onion , white part only, in 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red chili pepper
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1/2 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 ounces dry roasted peanuts ,
1 red bell pepper, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
1 large zucchini cut into 3/4 inch cubes

Combine the chicken, 1/4 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 egg, 1/4 cup cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

In a small bowl add the wine, soy sauce and water and set aside.

Heat wok/skillet on high heat 10 seconds, you want that pan to be nice and hot!

Add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.

Remove chicken from marinade and add to wok, cooking on high heat for 60 seconds.

Remove the chicken from the pan, add another 1/2 tablespoon of oil and the red bell pepper and zucchini.

Cook on high and cook for 1-2 minutes, until just caramelized and slightly cooked.

Remove vegetables and add the chili peppers.

Stir until they darken a bit, then add the green onions, peanuts, ginger, garlic, crushed red pepper, and sesame oil.

Stir for 2-3 seconds and immediately add the wine/soy/water mixture.

Bring it to a boil, then add the cornstarch and water mix and stir until it has thickened.

Add the chicken and vegetables back in, stir to combine.

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One thought on “Panda Express(™) Kung Pao Chicken

  1. Cher says:

    when you say 1/2 eggs do you mean 1 or 2? Sorry to seem dumb but I have never seen a breakdown like this. Thanks

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