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Easy Hunan Chicken

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  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Stir Fry
  • Method: Stir Fry
  • Cuisine: Chinese


Hunan chicken is a popular Chinese-American dish made with tender pieces of chicken cooked with vegetables and tossed in a thick savory and spicy sauce.


  • 1/2 pound skinless (boneless chicken breast, chopped bite size)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 large egg (whisked)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 thumb size ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
  • 2 cups mix of zucchini, red bell pepper and carrot (sliced bite size)

For the sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons chili bean paste or chili paste (such as tobanjan, Sambal Oelek)
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • white ground pepper


  1. In a bowl, combine egg and cornstarch and season with a little salt and pepper. Add chicken pieces and marinade for 5 minutes.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the sauce into a bowl and whisk until well blended.
  3. In a large pan over medium high heat, add 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Drop chicken pieces and cook until both sides are golden brown. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add remaining 1 tbsp vegetable oil to the pan (still over medium high heat) and add garlic and ginger. Cook for 1 minute and add vegetables. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Return chicken to the pan and add sauce. Stir and coat vegetables and chicken for 1 minute and turn the heat off.
  6. Transfer to a plate or bowl and serve Hunan chicken with a side of white rice.


If you ran out or cannot find chile bean paste, substitute it for 2 tsp gochujang.

This Hunan Chicken Recipe is:
High in Vitamin A

Sambal Oelek is made of chilies with no other additives such as garlic or spices for a more simpler taste. Use this sauce to add heat to a dish without altering the other delicate flavors.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 484
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 1216.7 mg
  • Fat: 13.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 48 g
  • Fiber: 11.6 g
  • Protein: 39.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 183.5 mg
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