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Stir-Fried Chinese Chicken and Peanuts

Serve this home-style version of kung pao chicken and peanuts with a side of steamed white rice. If you're feeding a large crowd, stir-fry an additional batch instead of making one large serving at once; overcrowding the pan won't allow the ingredients to cook properly.

Serving Size: Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients:
• 1/3 cup soy sauce
• 3 tablespoons shaoxing cooking wine or dry sherry
• 1 tablespoon rice vinegar or white vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
• 1 whole boneless, skinless chicken breast (about 1 1/2 pounds)
• 1 1/2 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
• 3/4 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts or cashews
• 2 whole scallions, thinly sliced
• 4 whole dried Chinese red peppers
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions:
1. In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, wine, vinegar, sugar, and sesame oil. Dice the chicken and toss it in the marinade.
2. Heat a wok or skillet over high heat until very hot. Add the oil. Lightly fry the peanuts for about 1 minute and remove. Add the scallions, red peppers, and garlic. Stir-fry for about 20 seconds.
3. Just before adding to the pan, coat the chicken in the cornstarch. Fry until the chicken is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes (depending on the pan and the heat). Return the peanuts to the pan and mix thoroughly to combine with the chicken. Serve immediately with white rice.


Source: From Mad Hungry, October 2010.

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