Friday, April 12, 2013

Kung Pao Chicken recipe

Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken

A favourite dish of a 19th century Qing Dynasty governor of Sichuan, Ding Baozhen, thos quick stir-fry is wonderfully succulent when made with chicken thighs

Serves 4

Kung Pao Chicken ingredients: 800 grams boneless and skinless chicken thighs. 1 tablespoon soy sauce. 1 tablespoon Shaoxing (Chinese cooking vinegar). 1 tablespoon cornflour. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Sauce: 2 teaspoons cornflour. 2 teaspoons sugar. 2 teaspoons soy sauce. 1 teaspoon sesame oil. 1 tablespoon black rice vinegar

To cook: 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. 3 or more whole dried red chillis. 2 tablespoons ginger, julienne. 3 cloves garlic, crushed. 3 spring onions, thinly sliced. 1/3 cup roasted cashew nuts or peanuts

Kung Pao Chicken recipe
Chicken: Cut the chicken into 2 cm pieces. Combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl, add the chicken and toss to coat. Set aside if cooking immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours
Sauce: Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth
To cook: Heat the oil in a wok or large saute pan until hot. Add the chicken in batches and stir-fry until the chicken separates and is cooked through. Transfer to a plate as it's cooked. Add a little more oil to the pan between batches as needed. Add the chillis, ginger and garlic and fry for a few seconds until fragrant. Don't let them catch and burn. Return the chicken to the pan and combine. Give the sauce a stir and tip into the pan, tossing and stirring until the sauce is thick and glossy and everything is well coated. Add half the spring onions and nuts and mix through
To serve: Transfer the chicken to a serving bowl and top with the remaining spring onions and nuts. By then, the Kung Pao Chicken is ready

PANTRY NOTE: Shaoxing cooking wine is derived from glutinous rice. This Chinese rice wine enriches braised dishes and marinades. Available from Asian supermarkets and specialty food stores. Black rice vinegar is also known as Chinkiang vinegar. Available from Asian supermarkets