Hot, hot, hot Kung Pao Chicken

Phew….this Kung Pao chicken dish can be hot, hot, hot

due to the chillies added or it can be made into a milder version, if you are not as heavy handed as I was with my chilli’s.

in fact I think I mistakenly used Habanero’s and not the Thai chilli’s.  Needless to say, big learning on what not to do!

Credit for this recipe goes to the ‘Real Meal Revolution Cookbook’.  Details about this cookbook can be found via my ‘books/links’ section.

image of kung pao chicken

Yippee for Kung Pao Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 400g boneless chicken breasts, cut into smaller pieces
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp rice wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 TBSP oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp hot chilli & garlic paste (a great deal of Asian supermarkets supply this kind of paste combination)
  • 2 spring onions  cut roughly (you can add more if you so desire!)
  • 4 TBSP water
  • 1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns (optional) or black cracked pepper
  • 4 TBSP cashew nuts roughly chopped (optional)
  • few drops more sesame oil
  • 1 thai chill deseeded and chopped finely  (here I added Habanero….big mistake, unless you like your dish really spicy!)….adding cut chill was not part of the recipe, but I thought what the hell, it didn’t feel hot enough….hmmm!

How to make?

  1. Combine the soy sauce, rice wine, sesame oil, oyster sauce, chilli/garlic paste, spring onions, water and peppercorns in a dish and mix.
  2. Add a few drops of sesame oil into the frying pan or wok.
  3. Seal the chicken off on the high heat, until it’s a good brown color.
  4. Add the sauce and cook until done.  If you want the sauce stickier, remove the chicken when cooked and cook the sauce further over a high heat until it’s reduced, add the chicken back & mix.
  5. Add the nuts, just before serving.
  6. This is great either as a topping over cauli-rice OR put into a vegetable stir-fry.

    image of kung Pao chicken and calamari combo

    Kung Pao Chicken & Calamari Combo

  7. Another option, besides chicken is making a fish or fish & chicken combo.  In this case, I mixed calamari tubes & squid heads with chicken pieces, when making the dish.  I absolutely adored this!
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