Hunan Chicken Recipe

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)

Cooking Instructions:

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.
(Makes 2 Servings)


13 Responses to “Hunan Chicken Recipe”

  1. Nick Frost — February 10, 2012 @ 2:25 am

    Looks really great Bobby! But you have left the quantity of sugar needed out of the ingredients list, how much sugar do I need to add to the sauce?

  2. Bobby — February 10, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    Nick Frost- I am sorry. I always do this 🙁

    It is 1 teaspoon.

  3. lyndsay — February 10, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    this looks great! i have been following you for years and your chinese food recipes are my favorite. you always inspire me 🙂

  4. Nick Frost — February 12, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    No worries Bobby, your great recipes are apology enough 😀

  5. Jane Bingham — February 14, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    My daddy likes chinese recipes, so you gave me a reason to make him happy! I’ll try red pepper flakes tho.
    Thanks Bobby! 🙂

  6. Scott Harrison — August 26, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    This recipe came out perfect! Huge fan of the site! Thanks

  7. Nabin Kumar Ram — January 16, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    Thanks for your recipe..I believe you missed salt in this list…

  8. Hungry Traveller — June 8, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

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  9. Adeline Lee — June 24, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    Hi, I am from Singapore. Just to say your chinese dishes were great. Enjoy reading your blog.

  10. Ondra (CZE) — October 23, 2013 @ 10:03 am

    One of my most favourite Chinese dish. Thank you for your recipe!

  11. Tridha — December 15, 2013 @ 10:07 am

    Hi, Just to ask … do you have the recipe of Smoked Fish with Hunan seasoning.

  12. Bobby — December 15, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    Tridha – No, sorry I do not have a recipe for that. If I find one in the future I may post it.

  13. zakir — May 7, 2014 @ 10:29 pm

    superb recipe. ..

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