Sichuan-Style Stir-Fried Chicken With Peanuts

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Sichuan-Style Stir-Fried Chicken With PeanutsRecipe
Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir
Also known as kung pao chicken, this 5-Star Sichuan classic boasts multidimensional hot-sweet and salty-sour flavors. As one user review put it, "It is, hands-down, the best stir-fry chicken recipe I've ever tried." Serve this soon-to-be favorite with rice and a steamed vegetable.
6 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup stir-fry and 1 cup rice)


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2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
Stir-Frying Oil:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine or sake
1 tablespoon Chinese black vinegar or Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced green onions
1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 7 cloves)
1 teaspoon chile paste with garlic
Remaining Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups drained, sliced water chestnuts
1 cup (1/2-inch) sliced green onion tops
3/4 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts
6 cups hot cooked long-grain rice


To prepare marinade, combine first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl; cover and chill 20 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken mixture; stir-fry 4 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove from pan; set aside.

To prepare sauce, combine broth and next 6 ingredients (broth through 1 teaspoon sesame oil); stir well with a whisk. Heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in pan. Add 2 tablespoons green onions, ginger, garlic, and chile paste, and stir-fry for 15 seconds. Add broth mixture, and cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly.

Stir in cooked chicken, water chestnuts, sliced onion tops, and peanuts; cook for 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Serve over rice.

Created date

May 2002

Nutritional Information

Calories 590
Caloriesfromfat 25 %
Fat 16.7 g
Satfat 2.7 g
Monofat 6.8 g
Polyfat 6 g
Protein 36.9 g
Carbohydrate 71.4 g
Fiber 3.3 g
Cholesterol 66 mg
Iron 3.8 mg
Sodium 591 mg
Calcium 75 mg