Copycat Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

This Copycat Kung Pao Chicken recipe is just like the popular Chinese chain restaurant! So good and super quick to make at home!

This Copycat Kung Pao Chicken Recipe is one of my all time favorite dinner recipes. It’s filled with tender chicken and veggies in a slightly spicy sauce that rivals the popular restaurant chain!

This Copycat Kung Pao Chicken recipe is just like the popular Chinese chain restaurant! So good and super quick to make at home!

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This Copycat Kung Pao Chicken recipe is just like the popular Chinese chain restaurant! So good and super quick to make at home!

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Which is perfect for this delicious Copycat Kung Pao Chicken recipe!

This Copycat Kung Pao Chicken recipe is just like the popular Chinese chain restaurant! So good and super quick to make at home!

I’ve had this recipe on my site for quite some time now. It was one of the first recipes I ever made, nearly 7 years ago! Yikes, don’t look at those photos!

I took the same base recipe, but substituted zucchini for the green bell peppers, just like they do in the popular restaurant. You guys… this recipe is a keeper!

This Copycat Kung Pao Chicken recipe is just like the popular Chinese chain restaurant! So good and super quick to make at home!

The overall dish is not too spicy if you stay away from the chili peppers in there. But if you wanted to really kick up the heat, try adding in extra red chili pepper flakes.

Even my youngest of kids was able to eat this dish, so it’s perfect for the entire family!

Make sure to serve it with a side of my Brown Fried Rice and a bowl of my Egg Drop Soup!

This Copycat Kung Pao Chicken recipe is just like the popular Chinese chain restaurant! So good and super quick to make at home!

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Copycat Kung Pao Chicken

This Copycat Kung Pao Chicken Recipe is one of my all time favorite dinner recipes. It’s filled with tender chicken and veggies in a slightly spicy sauce that rivals the popular restaurant chain!

  • Author: Shawn Syphus | I Wash You Dry
  • Yield: serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

For the Chicken:

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs (or breasts) cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil, divided

For the Veggies:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped

For the Sauce:

  • 2 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dry sherry (or Chinese rice wine)
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch & 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 10 whole dried chili peppers (I found mine in the produce section by the dried herbs)
  • 1/4 cup green onion, white parts only (1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts

Instructions

For the Chicken:

  1. Combine the chicken with the salt, lightly beaten egg white, cornstarch and 1 tbsp vegetable oil, until coated. Chill for about 20 to 30 minutes. Heat a large wok over medium high heat and add 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Cook the chicken until browned and cooked through (cook in batches to avoid over crowding of pan). Remove chicken from wok and set aside.

For the Veggies:

  1. Add the remaining 1 tbsp vegetable oil to the wok and turn heat up to high. The wok should be really hot when you add in the veggies. Stir fry veggies for just 2 to 4 minutes, until slightly charred and glistening. Remove from wok and keep warm with the chicken.

For the Sauce:

  1. Combine the soy sauce, dry sherry and white wine vinegar in a bowl and set aside. In another small bowl combine the cornstarch and water, set aside.
  2. Heat the 1 tsp sesame oil in the wok over medium high heat. Toss in the dried chili peppers, green onion, ginger, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and peanuts and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Immediately add in the sauce and bring to a small boil. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and cook until it thickens.
  3. Finally, add the chicken and veggies back into the sauce and stir to coat. Enjoy!

Notes

You can use a large, heavy bottomed skillet if you do not have a wok.

disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Zyliss Control. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make I Wash You Dry possible! 

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
7 Responses
  1. Gina W

    Kung Pao Chicken is one of my favorite things to order at Chinese restaurants. I can’t wait to try this recipe at home. Oh and thanks for sharing this knife set, the block is gorgeous!!

  2. Oh my goodness! I have major dinner envy, and knife envy! This dish looks like my new favorite thing ever. That sauce!!! And those knives…I’m ga ga for them. That block really is gorgeous. Ok, when can I move in? Thanks for sharing yet another amazing meal my family will for sure love.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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