Cook with Ayden: Kung Pao Chicken

Today Lil’ Chef Ayden cooked another Sichuan dish – Kung Pao Chicken. If you love Sichuan dishes, you may like Ayden’s previous video – Ma Po Tofu.

We did not use Chinese Shaoxing rice wine in our Kung Pao Chicken though but I find it still as yummy.


Cubed chicken fillet
3 tablespoons roasted peanuts
6 dried red chilies
3 tablespoons oil
An inch fresh ginger, sliced
2 clove garlic, sliced
1 stalk scallion, cut into rings


1 tablespoon corn flour
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing rice wine, optional


1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon black vinegar
1 teaspoon cornstarch


1) Marinate chicken with soy sauce, sesame oil and corn flour.
2) In a bowl, mix soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, black vinegar, corn flour and water. Leave aside.
3) Heat oil. Fry dry chilies.
4) Add in chicken and fry until almost done.
5) Remove from heat.
6) Add oil again and fry garlic and ginger until fragrant.
7) Add the chicken back into the pot.
8) Add roasted peanuts.
9) Add sauce and stir until chicken meat is nicely coated with the sauce.
10) Serve.

In the video, we forgotten to garnish with scallion.
You may also add water chestnut in this dish.  

The level of spiciness of this dish depends on how many dried chilies used. You may adjust according to your preference.

Here’s Lil’ Chef Ayden’s tutorial video on how to dish out this super simple Kung Pao Chicken

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7 Comments + Add Comment

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    So when is he going to open his own restaurant? Looks really good!

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    Good that your kids can eat spicy food. Ayden will soon become a celebrity chef.

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    This is interesting to watch the video. I forgot that Kung Pao Chicken and Ma Po Tofu are both Sichuan dishes! I went to Sichuan in China to eat but they tasted no better than what Esquire Kitchen served. I believe Ayden cooked even better.

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    Ayden is such a pro now but must thank mommy too for making the effort to prepare all the ingredients nicely in small plates for Ayden to use.

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    I love kung pau chicken but never cook at home. Gosh! Chef Ayden’s looked so delicious.

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    Your bowls and saucers in similar patterns look so pretty~

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    I love chinese food and my kids my version Hokkien Mee. They called it Mi Kicap.

    I just wonder if you could advise any substitute for Chinese Shaoxing rice wine. I have watched many Chinese cooking show and the wine is quite essential in cooking Chinese food.

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