Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kung Pao Chicken 宫保鸡丁

Kung Pao Chicken宫保鸡丁

I like to order Kung Pao Chicken (宫保鸡丁, Gong Bao Ji Ding ) when we take meal at Esquire Kitchen restaurant (personally i feel they serve best Kung Pao chicken). At the same time, I also like to cook this dish at home, and this dish is easy to prepare and yet very delicious..


Kung Pao Chicken宫保鸡丁


Usually i will add cashew nuts but when i saw Terri (A Daily Obsession) added peanuts to this dish. I agreed with Terri, peanuts is far better than cashew nuts after i tried out..


Kung Pao Chicken宫保鸡丁




Eventhough i added 1 cup of dried chilies, my little son Desmond has no problem to take this yummy dish.

Kung Pao Chicken宫保鸡丁



Kung Pao Chicken宫保鸡丁
(recipe source: largely adapted from A Daily Obsession with minor changes)

Kung Pao Chicken宫保鸡丁Ingredients
450g chicken breast
2tsp finely chopped garlic
2tsp finely chopped ginger
5 sprigs of spring onion/scallion, cut 2” in lengths

1tsp Sichuan peppercorns, optional
1cup dried chilies, cut into 1”-2” lengths
50g roasted peanuts

For the chicken marinate
2tsp light soy sauce
1/2tsp salt
2tsp Chinese cooking wine
1tbsp tapioca flour/cornstarch
1 small egg white

For the sauce
1tbsp white rice vinegar
1tbsp tomato ketchup
2tbsp dark soy sauce
2tbsp sugar
2tbsp water
1tsp cornstarch

Method
Kung Pao Chicken宫保鸡丁1. Cut the chicken meat into small cubes, marinate with the ingredients above for 1hour or more.
2. Mix the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
3. Heat up a non-stick wok over high heat with 1 cup of cooking oil and lightly fry the marinated chicken until they are 80% cook (1-2mins). Drain out and set aside.
4. Remain around 5tbsp of oil, add in Sichuan peppercorns and stir fry over low heat till aroma.
5. Discard the fried peppercorns, add in dried chilies, fry over low heat, until crisp but not burnt (color changed to dark red).
6. Add in white part of spring onion, chopped garlic and ginger, quickly mix well.
7. Return cooked chicken to the wok, pour in the sauce, stirring all the time at high heat.
8. When the sauces is thickening, then add in green spring onion and peanuts, quickly combine well and dish out.


Kung Pao Chicken宫保鸡丁




Happy Cooking !!

58 comments:

0620 said...

Looks DELICIOUS !!!

Bo said...

This is one of my favorites!

Tina said...

OMG..its my all time fav...looks fabulous and perfect...

reanaclaire said...

My all time favourite... i just ordered this dish during lunch time!

yummylittlecooks said...

This is delicious!Can have more rice with it...

choi yen said...

savory enough to go with bowls of rice!!!

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

出去吃饭,我很少叫这道,每次外面吃到都不够辣,而且有点甜,还是自己煮的比较好吃:)

huikhee and yoonlai said...

delicious and spicy!! add one more bowl of rice please...:)

Joelyn said...

the last photo who's finger? hehehe....it is my favorite too:)

Abbymonster said...

流口水...
我超爱这道..但外面的都不够辣不过瘾

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Bookmarked! I love this kind of Chinese food that I can eat a lot of white rice. I'd be so happy with these two dishes. :-) Your Kung Pao Chicken looks like the best looking ever. YUMM!

Sem said...

hi, Sonia, it's one of my favourite dishes at Esquire Kitchen too, it didnt occur to me need to add tomato ketchup, so does it taste like the "E"
restaurant ?Must try one day.
I love cashew nuts in the dish too.
Sem

The Sudden Cook said...

We call it cashew chilli chicken! Love love love it. Yours looks truly delish.

hanushi said...

One of my fav dishes at restaurant / chinese food stalls... :) Yummm

Little Inbox said...

This is what I want to learn. I like it. So good to go with steamed rice.

neyeeloh said...

I love kung pao chicken as well. Thks for sharing the recipe ^_^

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

ow that looks and sound fantastic. Diane

ICook4Fun said...

This is a must order dish for us too if we eat at Esquire Kitchen. We love eating it with their flower buns.

Cath said...

Yum!!! I could eat that right now. I just bought a big pack of dried whole red chillis, so I know what I'll be putting to use with them! :) Thanks for sharing.

Jane Chew said...

so long dint hae this already. Sonia, u really a good cook. This looks just like the one serve in restaurant. Thumb up!

daphne said...

peanuts hey?? I shall try it out next time!

lena said...

i've cooked kung pao frog and squids but still it didnt get the right taste as it should be! i want to give this recipe a go! thanks so much for sharing, sonia!

Amelia's De-ssert said...

my favorite too, yours looks delicious.

Jeannie said...

I want to steal a piece or two too!:D Can't resist this dish, you cook it so well!

Pete said...

I like to chew on the dried chillies....really nice in Kung po dishes...

Hasna said...

my bro was asking me to try chicken pao , bt i thnk thats a bit different, rite?? a white outer layer and chicken filling inside?? wat's the similarity between the two...have never tasted it

Barefeet In The Kitchen said...

Oh, Sonia! This looks wonderful. My husband adores Kung Pao Chicken. After looking at these pictures, I suspect that I might adore it as well.

Madhura Manoj said...

Fingerlicking kung pao chicken. Drooling here.Beautiful clicks!!
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Little Corner of Mine said...

Yummy! And I totally agreed with you that Esquire Kitchen serves the best Kung Pao Chicken.

divya said...

Wonderful and temptingrecipe. Looks yummy and delicious.

Pushpa said...

This is one of my favs looks delicious.

Fong's Kitchen Journal said...

i love to eat this, but dun know how to prepare the sauce. Thanks for sharing.

cikmanggis said...

Cm dah pernah cuba resepi kung pou ni memang yum yum!!

tigerfish said...

Really very good with steamed rice! I seldom order this outside cos it always turn out greasy when they cook it outside.

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Gonna bookmark this as i eat it with cashew nut, but not with peanuts...

Anonymous said...

Dear sonia,
I wonder where can I buy the sichuan peppercorn in klang, am searching it for some time, pls advise..tq

Christine's Pantry said...

Looks wonderful! Yum! Thanks for sharing.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Anonymous, you can get this pepper from the Chinese herbs shop also called as "yuk choi poh".

Indie.Tea said...

So much better to make at home than ordering out. Yours looks very delicious and professional.

Sue @ Nenie said...

Wajib cuba juga ni....

Yummy Bakes said...

Sonia, this is very delicious.

Uma said...

OMG, My first visit of your space with Delicious chicken. Your picture is making to prepare this recipe. Love your space.

Cheers,
Uma

Coraine said...

Can I have a bowl of rice with this??? Kung pao chicken from scratch..you are really a great mummy!!!

MaryMoh said...

Mmmm....spicy and delicious.Love it with rice.

♥LOVE2COOK♥ said...

Esquire Kitchen IOI Mall Puchong is one of our favourite dine out!

We'll always order their Chicken Paprika with cashew nuts. My my...just salivating think of it now.

Your kungpao chicken is killing me! So hungry lorrrr :)

Christine said...

Wow! Your Kung po chicken looks very delicious! V tried cooking last time but kit doesn't look as great as yours... Haha. Will try out ur recipe! Thx for sharing :)

Oh yea... V have now moved to www.broughtup2share.com

kitchen flavours said...

Wow, looks delicious! One of my favourite dish! I prefer it with cashew nuts though, though I won't say no if it has peanuts in it!

Anncoo said...

Looks very delicious! Can't wait to try this at home. Thanks for sharing, Sonia :))

My Little Space said...

Oh man sonia, you're really making me hungry at this hour! ha... I am not going to break my diet schedule. NO NO NO! haha....
Good night,
Kristy

My Little Space said...

Oh man sonia, you're really making me hungry at this hour! ha... I am not going to break my diet schedule. NO NO NO! haha....
Good night,
Kristy

Eileen@hundred eighty degrees said...

Look so appealing!

Jes's Deli Corner said...

I always ordered this dish at Esquire Kitchen..Thks for sharing the recipe

cynmaine's mum said...

thanks for sharing the recipes..so yummy. Will try this recipe this weekend.

Lori said...

This looks so good! One of our favorite dishes, but I've never attempted making it at home. It sounds like one I can handle though. Thanks for sharing!

terri@adailyobsession said...

hi sonia! well done!:DDD

Shu Han said...

that looks sooo good! recently reposted an entry about chinese stirfry tips, and yours is a perfect example of a stirfry done right!

Anonymous said...

Hi, started to visit your blog, until forgot to sleep! Tried this recipe it turn out so good! Really have the Malaysia restaurant's taste! Thumbs up from my hubby:)thanks for sharing~Sharon~

Cherry Tan said...

Hii!! how many does this serve? :)

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