“Famous Kong Pao Diced Chicken (宫保鸡丁), an exquisite flavoured chicken dish which you may enjoy from home.”
Kong Pao chicken (also known as Kung Pao or Gong Bao Diced Chicken) is a popular dish in Singapore, and many other countries. This dish is a Sichuan cuisine, I heard. And, it was named after an ancient palatial guardian in Qing Dynasty.
Kong Pao chicken dish uses stir-frying method. It supposed to make with diced chicken, cashew nuts and dried chili stir-fry with dark sauce. So, it has been originally called as Kong Pao Diced Chicken. However, this dish has been modified with many other versions using chunky chicken meat and peanut instead. All depends on your liking, especially homemade dish, right?!
Here’s my version of Kong Pao Chicken:
300g chicken breast/ fillet, diced
Handful of dried red chilies (about 10gram), washed and trimmed
1 medium onion, cut into pieces
1 clove of garlic
½ cup of roasted cashew nuts
1 tablespoon of Lea & Perrins’ Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce (thick soy sauce)
Pinch of salt and sugar
1 cup of oil
1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
1 tablespoon of corn flour
1) Season diced chicken with soy sauce. Marinate for 15 min. Drizzle corn flour on marinated chicken.
2) Heat wok with oil over high heat. Deep fry chicken for 3 minutes, or until lightly crisped and browned. Remove and drain on strainer. Reserve for later.
3) Remove excessive oil from wok, and leave only 1 teaspoon of oil in wok. Place garlic and onion. Stir-fry over high heat for about 1 min,or until fragrant. Add in dried chili, continue frying for about 1 min.
4) Add chicken, and stir fry for 3 min. Bring down heat to medium fire. Add dark soy sauce and Lea & Perrins’ worcestershire sauce. Stir-fry to mix well, for another 2 min. Sprinkle salt and sugar, and continue frying for 1 min. Add in cashew nuts, and stir-fry for 30 seconds, before heat off. Serve with steamed white rice.
This dish counts about 260kcal for 1 serving. You may skip the deep-frying step (1), if lighter meal preferred. I have also removed chicken skin to make it even more healthy one (smiling)!
Tips: Dried red chili is not as spicy as the fresh one. Not to worried if you are putting too much of it. Trim and soak in water for 5 min, to reduce spiciness.
*Drizzle some water to make it more watery, if you prefer more gravy in the dish.