Dinner is on me – Gong Bao Chicken

I’m sure you have all heard of Gong Bao Chicken or Kung Pao Chicken as it commonly known. I’m not going to into the history of it or where it came from, because all you really need to know is that it tastes really good. I came across a recipe they use at this restaurant called red hot buffet and thought – hey, let’s give it a go…so here goes nothing or more like the ingredients

Step 1: Marinade

  • 600 g Diced chicken breast
  • 30 g Yellow chilli beans
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Maggi liquid seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons cooking wine
  • A pinch of salt to taste (only if needed)

Method: Combine these ingredients and let it marinate in the fridge for 2 hours prior to preparing.

Step 2: Sauce

  • 1 Teaspoon sesame seed oil
  • 50 g chopped ginger
  • 100 g chopped garlic
  • 20 g Dried red chilli
  • 100 g Yellow chilli bean sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Maggi seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons of Chinese Cooking wine
  • 1 Tablespoon Kikkoman soy sauce
  • 1 Litre Chicken stock

Method: Sautee the ginger and the garlic in a wok pan and add the dried red chilli. Stir this for a minute and then add all the other ingredients. Let this cook with the chicken stock for at least 7 minutes. Put aside in another container once done.

Step 3: Final Touches

  • 3 Tablespoons sesame seed oil
  • 100 g mixed bell peppers [diced]
  • 100 g white onions [diced]
  • 50 g spring onions [diced]
  • 100 g potato starch [sifted]
  • 50 g Roasted peanuts
  • 50 g Roast Cashew nuts
  • 6 Dried red chillies
  • 2 Shoots of Coriander leaves

Method: Heat up the oil in your wok pan and fry all the pre-marinated chicken. Drain off all the excess oil once you have fried up all your chicken and then add the mixed bell peppers, spring onion and onion to the mix. Sautee these ingredients together for approximately one minute.

Pour the sauce over your chicken and add potato starch to thicken. Add roasted peanuts, cashew, chilli and coriander leaves as garnish to finish off your dish.

Best served with steamed Jasmin rice.

Let me know how it tastes

Recipe and picture courtesy of Red Hot World Buffet

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  1. Wow that looks delicious. How long did it take you from start to finish?

  2. Yum! I will admit – I am intimidated by oriental cuisine! I *think* I could handle this one!

  3. That looks really complicated. How long does it take.. I’m an hour cooking time kinda gal. Looks yummy though

  4. Oh my that looks so yummy! Are yellow chilli beans hot? This is a supper to make when I am doing something special for me and my husband after I have feed the children something else, I am not sure if they would appreciate it as much as I would.

  5. wow! It looks and sounds just awesome!

  6. Oh, Pepper! You make me want to try this recipe, too! Next weekend, I’ll give this a shot. :D

  7. Carla Barilá Karam says

    Pepper!! This looks so yummy!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. I have always wanted to make this yet a little intimidated too. Don’t know with all Asian type dishes intimidate me… they shouldn’t after all I’ve made Julia’s Boeff Bourginon before! Grace, peace and blessings, Carla

  8. Michelle Padrelanan says

    You make this sound so easy to make. I’ll try that sometime. It is something new that I can try with chicken breast. :)

  9. Oooooooooh thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely give that a try and might have to add it to my ‘Meal Planning Monday’ for next week!

  10. I love finding new recipes and thanks for sharing. Hope I try this out someday..Stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend..

  11. I’d love to try this recipe at home. Thanks for this! ;)

  12. oh my goodness, it sounds amazing!
    I definitely will give this a try when I get the chance, actually when I am brave enough to do it!HAHA <3
    I wish I can cook good like you <3


  13. Oh wow!! Gotta’ try this one. Yummm!!!

  14. Honestly, I haven’t heard of Gong Bao Chicken. But it sure looks really delicious and not too difficult to prepare.

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