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Hunan Chicken Recipe

Hunan Chicken Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 256kcal
Author Victor


  • 2 chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp peanut oil (for stir frying)

For the marinade:

  • 1 Tbsp Shaoxing wine or dry sherry
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (or sea salt)
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp potato starch 10 g / 1/3 oz
  • Tbsp water

For the stir fry:

  • 1 inch fresh ginger (thinly sliced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (large, minced or thinly sliced)
  • 2 Thai chiles (de-seeded and chopped. This is for mild. Add more if desired)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt (plus more to taste)
  • 4 scallions cut on the diagonal, about 1/2" long
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 red onion (medium, cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets 200 g / 7.5 oz
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  • In a medium size bowl, combine the ingredients for the marinade and stir. Add the chicken pieces and stir well to ensure proper coverage. Let the meat marinate for about 10-15 minutes at room temperature.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat, until the oil is about 300F. Place the chicken in a single layer and fry for about 1 minute, until nicely caramelized. Flip the chicken pieces over to the other side and cook for another minute. Continue frying, stirring frequently, until the chicken is just done, about 2-3 minutes. (I like using my instant read thermometer to check for doneness and pull the chicken when it hits 160F internal temperature). Transfer the chicken to a platter, spread out and set aside.
  • In the same wok, heat another 1 tablespoon of peanut oil. Add the garlic and the ginger and stir fry for about 30 seconds, until slightly browned and fragrant. Now add the bell pepper, broccoli, red onion and stir fry for about 3 minutes, until the veggies have softened up and look slightly charred. Add the Thai chiles and stir fry for 30 seconds. Return the chicken to the wok, add sesame oil, scallions and stir well. Taste and adjust salt to taste. Continue stir-frying until the chicken is sizzling and fragrant, about a minute. Remove from heat and serve immediately with steamed rice or any other side of choice.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 256kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 1051mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1655IU | Vitamin C: 128.5mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1.4mg