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Chinese Chicken Chunks with Peanuts in Spicy Sauce















Trans-fat Free


½ cup peanuts
3 cups peanut oil
2 each chicken breasts
whole, at room temperature
1 large egg whites
1 ½ tablespoons water chestnut flour
4 each scallions, spring or green onions
2 large garlic cloves
1 tablespoon ginger root
½ cup chicken broth
½ tablespoon sesame oil
½ tablespoon red vinegar
½ tablespoon soy sauce, dark
1 ½ teaspoons chili and garlic paste
1 tablespoon sherry
1 pinch sugar
1 x cornstarch
in a paste


Preparation: Trim ends off green onions and cut light green and white part into 1 inch sections.

Mix all other sauce ingredients in 2-quart saucepan.


Pull skin off breasts, then pull chicken meat from bones.

Slice meat into 1 inch strips, then crosswise to make 1 inch chunks.

In bowl large enough to hold chicken, add egg white to water chestnut flour.

Beat mixture with a single chopstick (not an egg beater or whisk).

Stir chicken pieces into egg mixture to coat thoroughly.

Marinate 5 minutes.

Note: water chestnut flour gives a lighter crust than cornstarch, though the latter may be substituted.

Deep-frying: Heat cooking oil in wok or deep-fryer to medium heat (you'll need more oil for deep-fryer).

Fry peanuts until they are a light tan color; if a test peanut browns quickly, turn down heat.

Remove peanuts with strainer or slotted spoon; drain on paper towel or paper bag.


Turn up heat slightly for chicken.

Test a chunk first: chicken should raise to surface immediately and brown in about 2 minutes.

Deep-fry coated chicken chunks until golden brown.

Deep-fry no more than 8 chunks at a time.

Use long chopsticks or spatula to keep pieces separate while they are frying.

Remove with long chopsticks or slotted spoon.


Sauce: While deep-frying chicken, heat sauce to simmer.

Add green onions and peanuts about a minute before serving.

At the last minute, add chicken pieces to sauce, mix quickly and serve.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 190g (6.7 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 117689% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 116g 179%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars g
Protein 27g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 2% Iron 7%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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