What is Kung Pao Chicken?
Kung Pao Chicken is a Chinese recipe from Sichuan. This is a spicy chicken dish where the Kung Pao Sauce is flavored with soy sauce and dried red chilies. In the United States, Kung Pao chicken is a must-have dish at Chinese restaurants.
Everyone loves Kung Pao, be it Kung Pao Chicken, shrimp or beef. This is the poster child of American-Chinese food and it’s made popular by American-Chinese food restaurants and chains like Panda Express. It’s easy to make a Kung Pao dish at home and I will share the recipe with you.
Authentic Kung Pao Chicken calls for Sichuan peppercorn for the numbing flavor, however the versions we get here is toned down, with vegetables such as carrots, water chestnuts, celery, zucchini, or broccoli in the dish.
This Kung Pao Chicken recipe is easy, authentic and delicious. The Kung Pao sauce is a bit spicy so feel free to cut down on the quantity of dried chilies in the recipe. The secret ingredient of Kung Pao chicken is the Chinese vinegar in the sauce. You may use rice vinegar, red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar for equally delicious results. Enjoy!
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