One of Molly’s fave family holiday traditions is feasting on Chinese food on Christmas Eve, and this dish is SO easy to make at home!
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Cookbook author, food blogger and Midwest transplant Molly Yeh embraces her country life and makes dishes inspired by her Jewish and Chinese heritage — with a taste of the Midwest, too.
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Kung Pao Chicken
RECIPE COURTESY OF MOLLY YEH
Total: 1 hr
Active: 45 min
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
2 teaspoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cloves garlic
One 2-inch piece ginger
2 tablespoons neutral oil
2 to 3 dried red chile peppers
1/2 pound green beans or Chinese long beans, sliced on a diagonal into 1-inch pieces
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1/2 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced on a diagonal
1/2 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn powder or crushed black peppercorns and coriander seeds
1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, plus more for garnish
Cooked white rice, for serving
Whisk together the cornstarch, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon rice vinegar in a medium bowl. Add the chicken, then toss to coat and let marinate at room temperature, 20 minutes.
Combine the hoisin, sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, remaining 2 tablespoons rice vinegar and 2 tablespoons water in a small bowl. Grate the garlic and ginger into the sauce. Stir and set aside.
Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then add the chicken. Stir-fry until browned on the outside, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chiles, green beans, red pepper, scallions whites, Sichuan peppercorn powder and peanuts. Stir-fry until fragrant and the veggies are crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the sauce and simmer until thickened slightly and the chicken is completely cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes. Garnish with the scallion greens and additional peanuts. Serve with the rice.
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