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Crispy Kung Pao Chicken Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Crispy Kung Pao Chicken

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"This is an easy recipe. The chicken is extra crispy with out being greasy and the sauce is excellent. Serve with hot cooked white rice."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    45 mins


  1. Heat 1 quart of vegetable oil in a deep-fryer or electric skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Toss chicken with beaten egg in a bowl until coated. Place the panko in a shallow dish, then drop the egg coated chicken pieces into the panko one at a time, and roll to coat; set aside.
  3. Deep fry the chicken pieces in the hot oil until golden brown on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the chicken to drain on a paper towel, and keep warm.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok over high heat. Stir in garlic, ginger, green onion, and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir until the garlic and ginger begin to turn golden brown, then pour in the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Dissolve cornstarch in water, then stir into the boiling sauce to thicken. Cook and stir until the sauce clears, about 45 seconds.
  5. Toss the fried chicken with the sauce and peanuts in the wok to serve.
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  • Editor's Note
  • We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount may vary depending on cook time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount consumed will vary.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 04, 2008

This was pretty good. The panko breadcrumbs gave it a nice crunch, and the sauce was nice and spicy. We didn't mix the sauce in with the chicken. Instead, we poured it over the chicken and rice. I think in the future I would cut back on the rice vinegar by about 2 Tbs. (The vinegar flavor was a little too intense.) I'd also either cut back on the cornstarch or add more water, as it got a little too thick. After a few minor adjustments, this would be a great recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 11, 2011

This was okay but I guess I was expecting more. I took the advice of others and cut the vinegar down to 3 T. I didn't have rice vinegar so used white vinegar. I was hoping it would be a pretty reddish sauce but was dark brown, I suppose that's to be expected with the soy sauce. I also cut down the soy sauce so it wouldn't be too salty. My husband like it but doubt I'll make it again.l


23 Ratings

Aug 12, 2008

We LOVED this recipe. We eat Asian quite often but this was my first attempt cooking it(other then stirfry) Used this recipe because it was crispy we were not disappointed, easy to follow urned out great. The ingredients were easier to find then i expected as well. The sauce does have an intense vinegar flavor otherwise i would have given it five stars. Also when i made it we were out of corn starch i subed flour and cut back a little since people said it was to thick my consistency was right on! I also took the spiciness up a notch extra chile paste and red peperfakes..we like it HOT! Next time gonna reduce vinegar and use the crispy chicken section with the sauce from the other kung pao recipe for fun. But this is good...worth trying!

Jan 12, 2010

Great recipe. I make this recipe WAY easier but omitting steps 1-3 and using pre-packaged breaded popcorn chicken and cooking it in the oven before frying. Believe me, it tastes wonderful! Also, next time I will add more ginger, red pepper flakes, and garlic to the sauce because it wasn't quite flavorful enough for me. But still, great recipe!

Jun 25, 2011

I really ended up with a five stars dish after my modifications: I boiled my chicken and then chopped it up, threw it in the oil to brown along with sliced carrot and celery. I added the ginger and garlic after the meat had browned and veggies were to my liking as not to allow them to burn up. I cut the vinegar down to 2T but added some of chicken water (1/3 cup)along with the rest of the ingredients to make this more saucy; we served over white rice. The combination of the sweet, tangy and spicy made this awesome! I will continue to make this recipe this way! :)

Feb 11, 2008

Awful! Totally tasted like vinegar.

Jan 16, 2009

I've never used panko before, and now, I am a fan. Enjoyed the flavors and the texture of it.

Aug 21, 2008

even though i halved the rice vinegar, it still tasted too strongly of vinegar. i will not be making this again.


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  • Calories
  • 1018 kcal
  • 51%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 67.8 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 162 mg
  • 54%
  • Fat
  • 71.3 g
  • 110%
  • Fiber
  • 3.5 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 43.8 g
  • 88%
  • Sodium
  • 3270 mg
  • 131%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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