Kung Po chicken

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Kung Po chicken (also spelled Kung Pao chicken) is a classic dish in Szechuan cuisine, originating in the Sichuan Province of central western China. The dish is named after Ding Baozhen (1820–1886), a late Qing Dynasty official. Born in Guizhou, Ding served as head of Shandong province and later as governor of Sichuan province. His title was Gōng Bǎo (宮保), or palatial guardian. The name "Kung Pao" chicken is derived from this title.

Kung Po chicken
Kung po chicken & egg fried rice
Servings:Serves 4
Calories per serving:296
Ready in:1 hour
Prep. time:40 minutes
Cook time:20 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:31st January 2013

Best recipe review

My favourite Chinese meal


Nicer than the gloopy versions sold at some take-aways.



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  1. In a bowl, mix the egg white, salt and half the cornflour, then coat the cubed chicken pieces with this mixture and leave to marinate for 30 minutes
  2. Heat the oil in a wok and fry the onions and carrots for 4 minutes and reserve
  3. Fry the chicken until lightly browned then remove from pan
  4. Add the garlic and chillies and stir-fry for 2 minutes
  5. Return the chicken, onions and carrots to the wok and add the soy sauce, wine, sugar, vinegar and sesame oil and stir-fry for 2 minutes
  6. In a saucer, mix the remaining cornflour and water into a smooth paste
  7. Add the paste to the wok and mix well
  8. Simmer, stirring as required, until the sauce clears and the chicken is properly cooked
  9. Add the toasted cashew nuts just before serving to ensure they stay crunchy

Serving suggestions

Serve with plain rice or egg fried rice

Chef's notes

Carrots and onions may not be authentic, but I like the colour and crunch of the carrots and the taste of the onions.

If you really don't like crunchy carrots, you may want to parboil them for a few minutes before you start cooking the dish.

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