Kung pao chicken


If you'd like a thicker sauce, add a slurry of a teaspoon of cornflour mixed with a tablespoon of cold water in the last two minutes of cooking.

You'll need

4 dried long red chillies, coarsely chopped 1½ tbsp peanut oil 3 tsp Sichuan peppercorns, coarsely crushed with a mortar and pestle 1½ tbsp julienned ginger 80 ml (1/3 cup) chicken stock, or water 60 ml (¼ cup) Chinkiang vinegar (see note) 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine 2 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tsp sesame oil 2 spring onions, thinly sliced, plus extra to serve 100 gm roasted peanuts To serve: steamed long-grain rice and coriander (optional)   Marinated chicken 750 gm chicken thigh fillets (about 5), cut into 1cm pieces 2 tbsp Shaoxing wine 1 tbsp dark soy sauce

Method

  • 01
  • For marinated chicken, place chicken in a bowl with wine, soy sauce and a large pinch of white pepper and set aside.
  • 02
  • Heat a wok over high heat until hot. Add chillies and stir-fry until toasted (1 minute), then set aside. Add oil and Sichuan peppercorns and stir-fry until fragrant (1 minute). Add ginger and marinated chicken in 2 batches and stir-fry until chicken is cooked and golden brown (3-4 minutes). Return all chicken to the pan along with stock, vinegar, Shaoxing, soy, sesame oil and spring onion and bring sauce to the boil. Add peanuts and toasted chillies, toss to combine and serve on rice scattered with extra spring onion and coriander.

Note Chinkiang, a black Chinese vinegar, is available from Asian grocers. If it's unavailable, substitute 1-2 tbsp malt vinegar or to taste.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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Jul 2015

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