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    Default Kung Pao Chicken

    A spicy Szechuan dish made with diced chicken, peanuts and chili peppers. It is named after a Kung Pao or court official. For a lighter version, try Kung Pao Stir-fry.

    Serves 4 to 6

    INGREDIENTS:

    2 boneless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each

    Marinade:

    1 tablespoon soy sauce
    1 teaspoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
    2 teaspoons cold water
    2 teaspoons cornstarch

    Sauce:

    1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
    2 teaspoons light soy sauce
    1 tablespoon black or red rice vinegar, or red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon chicken broth or water
    3 teaspoons granulated sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    a few drops sesame oil
    1 tsp cornstarch

    Other:

    6 to 8 small dried red chili peppers, or as desired
    2 garlic cloves,
    1/2 cup skinless, unsalted peanuts
    3 - 4 cups oil for deep-frying and stir-frying

    Cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Mix in the soy sauce, rice wine or sherry, water and cornstarch. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes.

    In a small bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients, whisking in the cornstarch last.

    Remove the seeds from the chile peppers and chop. Peel and finely chop the garlic.

    Heat the oil for deep-frying to between 360 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Carefully slide the chicken into the wok, and deep-fry for about 1 minute, until the cubes separate and turn white. Remove and drain on paper towels. Drain all but 2 tablespoons oil from the wok.

    Add the chilies peppers and stir-fry until the skins starts to darken and blister. Add the garlic. Stir-fry until aromatic (about 30 seconds). Add the deep-fried chicken back into the pan. Stir-fry briefly, then push up to the sides of the wok and add add the sauce in the middle, stirring quickly to thicken. Stir in the peanuts. Mix everything together and serve hot.

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    Thanks for sharing- I love Chinese food, but not the bill that comes with it. I have found there are many make-at-home versions of some of my faves (like this one) that are just as tasty at a fraction of the price. I'm even planning to do my own Chinese-fare-spread for New Year's this year instead of ordering out.

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