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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Kung pao chicken


Hi guys , how's 2014 treating so far ?

Any broken resolutions yet ? 

Me ? Good thing I didn't make any lol

So for my first post this year , I'll give you this spicy dish .

I borrowed ( of course ! )  this book from the library ( where else ? ) more than two months ago and so far I've only made the chilli-garlic sauce recipe until now . 

Kung pao chicken is a Sichuanese dish made of chicken , chillies , peanuts and Sichuan peppercorns . This dish is relatively mild as long as you stay away from the chillies . Much as I love chili-garlic sauce , I shudder at the thought of eating whole chillies ! Same goes with the Sichuan peppercorns , I love the aroma and the flavor it imparts to this dish but eating it accidentally ? Yikes ! I had to pick them diligently and chucked them . 

That pesky matter side , if you want to try this dish , you should , you know , as it was quiet delicious , before adding in the chicken , throw out more than half of the fried Sichuan peppercorns first or grind it before frying . Or you gonna spend your time , just like me , hunting for those small seeds ! 

Do you like spicy food ? 



My modification in green 

80 grams peanuts plus extra for garnish
2 chicken breast , cut into 1.5 cm cubes 420 grams boneless chicken thigh with skin on , 1-inch cubes
12 large chillies or 15-20 small ones
2 tablespoons oil for frying
2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns
2 garlic cloves , crushed
1 teaspoon grated ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons 
1 bunch spring onion , white part only , cut into 1.5 cm lengths 70 grams ( 1-inch ) plus extra leaves for garnish

For the sauce :

1 tablespoon caster sugar
1 tablespoon Chinkiang vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil 
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
60 ml chicken broth or water
1 teaspoon cornflour tapioca starch

* Place peanuts on a baking tray and roast in a preheated oven ( 180° ) for few minutes until golden . Set aside . 

* Marinate chicken in 1 tablespoon light soy sauce , 1 teaspoon Shaoxing rice wine / sherry or mirin , a dash of ground white pepper and 1 teaspoon cornflour .

* Remove stalks from chillies and shake out the seeds . If using larges chillies , cut then into chunks , if using small ones , leave them whole . In a large pan or a wok , heat oil over medium heat , add the chiliies and the peppercorns . Stir-fry for just a few seconds until peppercorn pop and chillies crisps . 

* Add the chicken to the pan , cook until lightly-browned . Add the garlic , ginger and the spring onions and stir-fry for 1 - 2 minutes 4-5 minutes ( take care not to overcook the chicken breast or it'll be dry ) . Add the sauce  and stir for a minute or so until thickened and glossy . Stir in the peanuts and serve . 


18 comments:

  1. I can have a double helping of rice with this spicy chick dish. Drooling over your clicks!

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  2. Yummy! I love this dish but seldom make it at home, it's too spicy for my son unfortunately. Be good if you could share some with me ;-)

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  3. Hello Anne! Happy New Year! Did Santa bring you a new camera? Photos are looking fantastic!

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  4. My new years resolution has been to floss, and so far I have been doing it everyday. :)
    You make the best chicken recipes ever.. This looks fantastic!

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  5. Happy 2014 Ann!

    I love kung pao chicken even though the level spiciness can hit my tongue pretty hard..lol

    I can have that alone with white rice...**kah fan please**

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  6. Awesome! I love this dish and I love spicy food...I have lots of peppercorns and chillies in this dish, but I too would not eat them:P pinning this for future reference, looks yum!

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  7. Hi Anne,
    This is one of my favourite dish, I love it with cashew nuts!
    Nope, I did not make any resolution, stopped years ago! Haha!
    Wish you all the best things in 2014!

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  8. I love spicy food but 2 spoons of this peppercorn would be rather too much for me:)
    lovely presentation!

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  9. I too enjoy spicy food! Your kung pao chicken looks yummilicious!
    Have a wonderful weekend, Anne.
    Angie

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  10. hi anne! yes, i love spicy food and i love kung pao chicken too but hv never tried with sichuan peppercorns for homecooked ones. ooh, must be such a pain removing the peppercorns from the dish :)

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  11. Hmmm..delicious...I love this recipe...

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  12. Your Kong Bao Chicken is making me hungry for dinner!

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  13. Happy 2014, Anne!

    Nope no broken resolutions. I don't make any either:) Yep, I do like spicy food, love it actually!!! And, I happen to adore kung pao chicken but I have never made it on my own. I would love to try though:) Yours looks so delicious, I wish I could make some right now! Don't forget to return that book, lol...And, thanks for sharing...

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  14. This looks fantastic! I'm planning on making one of these myself! Happy New Year, Anne!

    Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

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  15. the new layout's refreshing, tiyay!

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  16. One of the chicken dish that I like to cook too!

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  17. Hi Anne! I agree w Yen, your photos just keep getting better n better ;) thanks for dropping by my blog to say hello, made my day in the blogosphere! (somebody actually remembered me *sob sob*) Kiddo is doing great, she's sitting on my lap as I'm typing this haha - such is the life of a SAHM with a new baby :p

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  18. Hi Anne, your kung pao chicken look so delightful. I don't mind to have 2 big bowl of rice please. Thank for sharing the recipe.

    Have a nice day.

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