Hunan Chicken

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Hunan chicken is a Chinese dish that is sweet and spicy. This dish consists of deep fried chicken pieces coated with a sweet and spicy sauce. Peanuts and green onions are added to the mix for even more flavor. The sauce is tomato based and uses ingredients such a tomato paste, chicken broth, soy sauce, and sugar. Most of the spice comes from chili and garlic sauce, you can add more if you like your food extremely spicy. You could also add red pepper flakes. If you don’t have a deep fryer, the chicken can be cooked in a wok or deep skillet as well. Just add a couple inches of oil and fry. Serve with rice. Enjoy.


2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1” chunks)
1 egg
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 garlic cloves (minced)
½ cup green onions (sliced)
½ cup roasted peanuts
Oil (for frying)


Step 1: In a medium bowl whisk together egg and cornstarch until smooth. Add chicken pieces tossing to coat. Let sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in another medium bowl combine chicken broth, chili garlic sauce, tomato paste, soy sauce, and sugar. Mix well and set aside.
Step 2: Heat a deep fryer to 375 degrees. Deep fry chicken in batches until fully cooked (the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees) and golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Step 3: Add a tablespoon of oil to a wok and heat to medium high heat. Add garlic and stir-fry for 10 seconds. Pour in the sauce and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Add the peanuts to the sauce. Place the deep fried chicken pieces into a large serving bowl. Pour in the sauce and toss to coat. Top with green onions.



Recipe Comments

  1. posted by maskills24 on Mar 15, 2013

    Am I missing something? It seems like the only ingredients in chinese food are garlic, ginger, rice wine, soy sauce, corn starch, and chicken stock. Oh yea, and lots and lots of oil and MSG. They might spice it up with some hot pepper or five spice, but that’s it. There’s no complexity or sophistication like French, Italian, or Japanese cuisine. Is this just Chinese-American food or is it like this all over the world? I have not tried one chinese dish that has ever brought me to a new culinary realm. They might use some exotic ingredient like turtle or snake, but the taste isn’t so mind-blowingly out of this world that it’ll provoke me to experiment with flavors again. There ARE no flavors to experiment with. I am having trouble with this because I love Chinese food, but there is nothing else for me to try.

  2. posted by Jerosh Nagulachandran on Mar 15, 2013

    I only have til tomorrow to decide where to treat my buddy in trinoma for my birthday on Friday. Thanks.

  3. posted by HASTHEANSWERS on Mar 15, 2013

    Mainly looking for restaurants that offer delivery or take-out in the Overland Park area, but anything is helpful.

  4. posted by sakyue1993 on Mar 15, 2013

    I love Hunan dishes but have not found a good “Cook at home Recipe”… Please share if you have one…

  5. posted by Erfan on Mar 18, 2013

    Menu says “fried noodles” They don’t appear fried when I ordered it. Does anyone have a suggestion on what kind of noodles to use when making this dish?

  6. posted by Elijah luv on Mar 18, 2013

    Tell me the resturaunt, what you ordered, and what kind of ingredients it had! :) For me it was at the Cheescake Factory, I had this really good noodle dish with chicken, pancetta, mushrooms, tomatoes, and whole garlic cloves. I get it every time I go there :)

    BQ: The worst thing you ever ate?

  7. posted by skychi99 on Mar 25, 2013

    For my chinese class, I’m suppose to research the story of General Tso Chicken, but I keep getting recipes
    1. What is the full story of how this dish was made?

    2. It would be more helpful if you showed me a picture book or a comic book describing the story.

    3.The full story, and I don’t want it summed up

  8. posted by Heath on Mar 25, 2013

    Me and my brother were having an argument… he says “joe” and I say “twosos”… which of us are correct?

  9. posted by Marshal on Mar 26, 2013

    I had Shanghai Beef and a restaurant called Panda Express and I was wondering if there is anything similar to that dish in Szechuan, Hunan, or Cantonese cuisine.

  10. posted by Hotshot t on Mar 28, 2013

    I love chinese food. I love cheese puffs, orange chicken, hunan chicken, beef with broccoli, moo goo gai pan! What’s your favorite chinese dish?

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