Gong Bao Chicken Recipe
by Liv
March 17, 2010

Gong Bao Chicken Recipe

Mar 17, 2010 | Chinese Food, Recipes | 6 comments

gong bao chicken

Gong Bao Chicken is a popular dish in Chinese food, especially for people who love spicy food.

Gong Bao chicken is a classic dish in Sichuan cuisine and this dish is named after Qing Dynasty Governor Ding BaoZhen’s title.

Ding Baozhen was born in Guizhou, China. He especially loved to have his meat to sauted with chili so after he worked in Sichuan as a governor he asked his chef to saute chicken with chili and peanut. This is how Gong Bao chicken was created.

There are many ways to cook Gong Bao Chicken but today I share with you a classic method that I have used for years. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Gong Bao Chicken

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 people

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken legs including thighs
  • 2 spring onions cut 3cm lengthways
  • 1 tsp ginger chop really finely
  • 1 handful peanuts fry with a little bit oil until they have turned brown in colour and sprinkle a pinch of salt for seasoning
  • 10-20 dried chilis cut in half

Seasonings for Marinade

  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • 1 tsp salt

Seasonings for this dish

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. 1. Remove all bones from chicken, cut into 2 cm cubes. Marinade chicken with the seasonings for unless 30 minutes

  2. 2. Fry chicken in heated oil for 1 minute until all the chicken dice cooked outside. Heat 1 tablespoon oil to fry dry chilli until it turns dark red. Add ginger and chicken into it, sauté it quickly and add seasoning for this dish and turn to slightly lower heat because potato starch will thicken the dish and easily burn

  3. 3. Add fried peanut and spring onion lastly and stir for another 10 second then turn off fire. Place it into a dish and serve

 

By Liv

Illustrator by day, home chef at night. I worked as a professional chef for many years but now I draw for a living. I now cook just for the love of cooking. The recipes on this website are all influenced by things I have eaten in different locations around the world.

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6 Comments

  1. Chef Dennis

    this looks so tasty….i have never cooked with peanuts, it sounds like it could really add some flavour

    Reply
    • admin

      Ohh….you really should try to cook with peanuts! They are really tasty and give this dish a pinch of the magic flavour.

      Reply
  2. Nancy aka Spicie Foodie

    Wow, really that’s all that goes in this dish ? It’s just so good that I figured it must be really complicated 🙂 Love it, Thanks for the history on the dish I really enjoy the stories behind the foods.

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Nancy,
      I like the story behind the food as well.
      It’s fun to know different story behind the food.

      Reply
  3. Amina

    Hello,
    My friend has cooked this dish yesterday, and it was amazing! It has been a while since I have tried something so tasty, and I think peanuts make this whole dish very special.
    My friend has referred me to this website, and now I cannot wait to try it myself!
    Thank you:)

    Reply
    • admin

      Hi Amina,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m so happy you like my recipe and hope you will like other recipes on my blog too. 😉

      Reply

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