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Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

How to make Kung Pao Chicken with copycat Panda Express sauce at home! Tender stir-fried chicken pieces; this is the perfect combo of salty, sweet and, deliciously spicy flavours.

Kung Pao Chicken
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Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken 

Kung Pao or Gong Bao Chicken is a spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish made with chicken, vegetables, peanuts and chilli peppers. It really should come with a warning because it is highly, addictive.

There is so much flavour in this dish, it's just crazy. Tongue and lip-tingling, I guarantee you'll want it again and again.

I've been to Panda Express a couple of times when I've been in New York, sadly there aren't currently any here in the UK.

You'll find it easier than you might think.

What is Kung Pao Chicken?

Ingredients include peppers, onions, chillies, garlic, ginger and peanuts in a tasty sauce that makes your lips tingle mixed with peppers and onions that are still slightly crunchy.

There are many versions of Kung Pao but I've experimented a lot and let me tell you I truly think I've cracked it with this one.

If you don't like spicy food this is not the recipe for you because the whole dried red chillies are HOT. So you know you are buying the right chillies here's what they look like.

Whole dried red chillies

Now, I only use 5 or 6 in my recipe but I have seen some there they use as many as 12 and seriously we like a bit of heat here, but 12, for goodness sake!

But you do need to remove the seeds from the chillies or I'm thinking even die-hard chilli fanatics won't be able to eat the dinner.

You can find the ingredients in any good Chinese/Oriental supermarket but if you live where I do they are few and far between. Whatever you do, don't leave out the Chinese Shaohsing rice wine in the marinade.

Shaoxing or Shaohsing wine is one of the most famous varieties of huangjiu, or traditional Chinese wines, fermented from rice.

It originates from the region of Shaoxing, in the Zhejiang province of eastern China. It is widely used as both a beverage and a cooking wine in Chinese cuisine.

Substitute for Shaoxing wine?

The ideal Shaoxing wine substitute is pale dry sherry, which can also be used in place of other amber-coloured rice wines.

Shaohsing Chinese cooking rice wine

To find more Chinese recipes scroll to the bottom of this post and select Chinese Recipes in the recipe tag cloud at the very bottom of this blog. If you like spicy food you will love Mapo Tofu.

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