Hunan Kung Pao recipe

5 Chili Peppers Recipes to spice up your Cooking - Part III - Hunan Kung Pao

Hunan Kung Pao

hunan kung pao

    Prep: 30 mins  Cook: 20 mins

    Additional: 25 mins  Total: 1 hr 15 mins


    • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch cubes
    • 20 peeled and deveined large shrimp (21 to 30 per pound)
    • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
    • 4 teaspoons rice wine
    • 2 teaspoons sesame oil (Optional)
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • ½ cup vegetable oil, divided
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 16 dried NATUREIT red chili peppers, cut in half
    • 2 teaspoons Szechuan peppercorns (Optional)
    • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
    • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
    • ¼ cup dark soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons rice wine
    • 2 teaspoons white sugar
    • 1 cup salted peanuts
    • 4 green onions, cut into 3 inch lengths
    • 2 dashes sesame oil, or to taste (Optional)


    • Step 1

    Combine the chicken and shrimp in a mixing bowl along with 4 teaspoons of soy sauce, 4 teaspoons rice wine, and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Sprinkle with cornstarch, and mix until evenly combined. Set aside to marinate for 25 minutes.

    • Step 2

    Heat half of the vegetable oil in a wok over high heat. Stir in the chicken and shrimp, and cook until the chicken has turned white on the outside and is still a bit pink in the center; about 5 minutes. Remove the chicken and wipe the wok clean.

    • Step 3

    Heat the remaining vegetable oil over high heat. Stir in the garlic, and cook for a few seconds until the garlic begins to turn brown. Stir in the dried chiles and Szechwan peppercorns; cook and stir a few seconds until the peppers begin to darken. Add the red and green bell peppers, dark soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of rice wine, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bring to a boil, stir in the chicken, and cook until the peppers are nearly tender, and the chicken is no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes more. Stir in the peanuts and green onion until the green onion becomes limp. Stir in a few drops of sesame oil to serve.


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