Chinese Takeout at Home, in 20 minutes! Kung Pao Chicken is an easy stir fry with marinated chicken, bell pepper, peanuts, and other great flavors.

Kung Pao Chicken

Make your own Chinese takeout at home, using quality meat and your favorite vegetables! This Kung Pao Chicken is quick and easy to make, perfect for a weeknight meal.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword kung pao chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 457kcal


For the chicken marinade:

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice cooking wine

For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

For the stir fry:

  • 2 tbsp high-heat cooking oil (I like avocado)
  • 1 tsp grated garlic
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 scallions sliced
  • 10 dried red chiles seeds discarded
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • steamed rice for serving, optional


  • Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces, about an inch big. Whisk to combine the cornstarch, soy sauce, and rice cooking wine, and add the chicken. Toss to coat, then let this sit while you make the rest of the recipe.
  • For the sauce, whisk together the black vinegar, rice cooking wine, sugar, sesame oil, water, and cornstarch. Set aside.
  •  Heat a wok or high sided skillet over medium high heat, then add one tablespoon of grapeseed oil. Add half the marinated chicken, and let sit for 1 minute, without stirring, so the chicken can brown. Then stir the chicken and continue cooking for 2 minutes until the chicken is mostly cooked. Remove the chicken from the pan and repeat with the other half of chicken.
  •  After removing all the chicken, there should still be some residual oil left in the pan. If not, add another tablespoon. Add the garlic, ginger, scallions, and chiles, and stir for 30-60 seconds, until fragrant. Add the bell pepper and celery, and cook for about a minute, until slightly softened. Then add the mostly cooked chicken, the peanuts, and the sauce to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring the whole time, until the sauce thickens and the chicken is completely cooked through. Serve hot with rice, if desired.


Calories: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 487mg | Potassium: 667mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 945IU | Vitamin C: 33.6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.5mg