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Kung Pao Chicken

This Kung Pao Chicken is quick and easy to make from scratch at home! This chicken stir fry with peppers and spicy sauce is so much better than takeout!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: kung pao chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 386kcal
Author: Anna


for the chicken:

  • 1 ½ lbs chicken breast boneless skinless
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce reduced-sodium
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil divided

for the stir fry:

  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 8 to 10 dried chili peppers
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons chopped peanuts

for the sauce:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce I used reduced-sodium
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sambal sauce
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  • Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Place it in a bowl and add vinegar, soy sauce and cornstarch. Stir to coat.
  • Heat up oil in a large pan, over medium heat. The pan has to be hot or otherwise, you will be boiling the chicken in its juices and browning it.
  • Add chicken to pan and cook until no longer pink. Stir often. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add peppers, ginger, and garlic to the pan. Saute until fragrant and slightly softened about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Mix sauce ingredients in a bowl.
  • Return chicken to pan. Pour sauce over everything and stir. Cook until thickened. Add water if the sauce is too thick to your likings.
  • Serve over rice or noodles.


  • Stir-fries cook very quickly so it is helpful to get all of the ingredients ready and near your cooking space. Chop veggies and the chicken. Stir sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • I always serve it with rice but noodles work great too! You can also fill lettuce leaves with the chicken mixture.
  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.


Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1365mg | Potassium: 878mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1374IU | Vitamin C: 65mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg