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Kung Pao chicken

7
7
7
SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
35 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Moderate
The ‘pow’ in this Chinese dish comes from 2 fresh chillies. If you’d like it a bit hotter, try leaving in the chilli seeds or adding some Szechuan pepper.

Ingredients

Canola oil

1 tbs

Fresh red chilli

2 whole, deseeded, thinly sliced

Garlic

2 clove(s), thinly sliced

Skinless chicken thigh

450 g, (buy 500g) cut into 3cm pieces

Sake or Japanese rice wine

20 ml, (shaoxing or dry sherry)

Cornflour

1½ tbs

Canned bamboo shoots, rinsed, drained

140 g, (1 x 227g can)

Sugar snap peas

200 g, trimmed

Chicken stock

¼ cup(s), (60ml)

Reduced salt soy sauce

2 tbs

Roasted peanuts

45 g, unsalted

Green shallot(s)

3 individual, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. Heat a wok over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat for 30 seconds. Stir-fry chilli and garlic for 20 seconds or until fragrant. Add chicken and stir-fry, in batches, for 5–7 minutes or until browned all over and almost cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, combine wine and cornflour in a small bowl. Add bamboo and sugar snap peas to wok with chicken and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes or until just tender. Add stock and soy sauce and bring to the boil.
  3. Gradually add wine mixture and cook for 1–2 minutes or until thickened. Serve sprinkled with nuts and shallots.

Notes

Choose bulbs of fresh garlic with firm, plump clvoes and dry, papery skin.