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Kung Pao Chicken Wings
with fried rice

Active: 1 hrTotal: 1 hr

It wasn't until a few years ago that we decided to tackle a Cook Smarts version of saucy, spicy chicken wings. As soon as we mastered the technique, we (and our community of home cooks) were hooked! This oven-roasted method makes the process easy and produces crispy wings every time. This version is made with a spicy Kung Pao Sauce and a quick side of fried rice. Other versions of these wings were featured in 2017 and 2018.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Kung Pao Chicken Wings:
  • Chicken, small wings and drumettes - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Foil - for roasting
  • Kung Pao Sauce (ingredients listed separately) - 1/4 cup
Kung Pao Fried Rice:
  • Bell peppers, red - 1, diced
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts separate
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Peas and carrots, frozen - 1 cup
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Cooked rice (leftover from Tuesday) - 1 1/2 cups
  • Kung Pao Sauce (ingredients listed separately) - 2 Tbsp
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
Kung Pao Sauce:
  • Ginger, fresh - 1 1/2 tsp, grated
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Water - 3 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 2 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/4 tsp
  • Cornstarch - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Chicken - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing with prep.) Pat wings and drumettes dry. Toss with baking powder and salt. Set aside for 20 minutes.
  2. Bell peppers / Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store bell peppers in one container. Combine ginger and garlic in another container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make Kung Pao Sauce - Combine ginger, garlic, first portion of water, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes to let the flavors come together. Whisk together second portion of water and cornstarch and slowly add it to the sauce while stirring. Cook until sauce thickens, ~ 1 minute more. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Green onions / Limes - Prep as directed. Store separately.

Make

  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C. Line a sheet pan with foil. Place an oven-safe cooling rack on top. Top cooling rack with wings and drumettes, leaving some space in between so that air can circulate (this will help them to get crispy).
  2. Roast chicken until cooked through and crisp and golden on the outside, turning halfway through cooking, ~35 minutes total. (Check out this video to see how we make baked chicken wings.)
  3. When chicken is nearly finished baking, defrost peas and carrots in the microwave.
  4. Heat a wok or large skillet with oil over medium heat. Add white parts of green onions and bell peppers. Saute for 1 minute to get them started cooking.
  5. Add peas and carrots to wok and saute for 3 minutes more until peppers are tender and any extra moisture has cooked off. Stir in rice and Kung Pao Sauce (portion for rice). Saute until everything is evenly combined and warmed through, ~2 minutes more.
  6. Remove rice from heat and squeeze half the lime wedges over top. Stir in peanuts and green parts of green onions.
  7. When chicken is finished, toss with Kung Pao Sauce (portion for chicken).
  8. Serve chicken over fried rice with remaining lime wedges on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 24 reviews

I love these wings, they are delicious. I’ve made this twice now. Doubled the sauce the second time and even then I felt like I needed more (in particular for the rice, which needed a flavour burst).

By: Andrea
Posted: Mar 23, 2020
Diet: Original

I love this next time I would double the Kung Pao Sauce.

By: Kristine
Posted: Mar 20, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free

doubled the sauce based on everyones recommendation. wings came out really well. the fried rice was pretty bland and mediocre

By: Laura
Posted: Mar 20, 2020
Diet: Original

We really liked this. Wings came in a 1lb pack and I wish I had bought two. Next time I would increase the sauce. Agree with others that the wings were great and the rice was pretty good - more sauce might improve it but it was good as is. Also might add a scrambled egg. This is one meal that we ate all 4 portions between 2 adults and a toddler and could have eaten more (but I did only do 1 lb of wings instead of 1.5)

By: Tiffany
Posted: Mar 19, 2020
Diet: Original

Forgot to double the sauce as everyone recommended, so it fell short there - but still really good! The wings took 30 minutes to cook in the convection toaster oven and turned out perfectly crisp. Will be more generous when salting them next time.

By: Lynn
Posted: Mar 18, 2020
Diet: Original

This was very tasty. It did take a bit of work for a weeknight dinner however. I left out the red pepper flakes and doubled the sauce. Fried rice needed some sriracha and soy sauce / aminos which we added at the table.

By: Marie
Posted: Mar 17, 2020
Diet: Original