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Kung Pao Wings Recipe
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Kung Pao Wings Recipe

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Served as an entree over hot cooked rice, these delicious drummettes have plenty of personality—with sweet red pepper for color, red pepper flakes for zip and peanuts for crunch. They're quick and easy to fix, too. -Kathleen Evans, Lacey, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 whole chicken wings (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup peanuts
  • Hot cooked rice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 345 calories, 22 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 1027 mg sodium, 14 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 23 g protein.


  1. Cut chicken wings into three sections; discard wing tip section. Set the wings aside. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, soy sauce, lemon juice and pepper flakes until blended; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook chicken wings, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until chicken juices run clear, turning occasionally.
  3. Add red pepper and onion; cook, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir cornstarch mixture; gradually add to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until sauce is thickened and vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with peanuts. Serve with rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Uncooked chicken wing sections (wingettes) may be substituted for whole chicken wings.
Originally published as Kung Pao Wings in Taste of Home October/November 2003, p27

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"We just had this. I mixed carrots in as well and it was fantastic!"

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"I also use chicken breasts instead of the wings & I've made it quite a few times since it first came out."

Reviewed Jun. 3, 2010

"I've tried this recipe with both cut up pork and chicken breasts. Both great!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

"I used boneless chicken breasts instead of chicken wings. EXCELLENT recipe! Add extra red pepper flakes to give it an extra kick!"

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