Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut

Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut, also known as “Kung Pao Chicken,” is a highly cherished zi char creation known for its harmonious blend of flavors and contrasting textures. This dish showcases tender chicken pieces stir-fried with roasted cashew nuts, dried chili peppers, and a savory-sweet sauce. The medley of spicy, tangy, and slightly sweet notes, along with the satisfying crunch of cashew nuts, creates a delightful sensory experience. Loved for its rich history and bold taste, Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut has become a sought-after zi char favorite, offering a delightful balance of flavors that entices diners time and again. 

Why Do People Like Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut

Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut is a beloved dish in Singapore for its bold flavour profile that blends spicy, sweet, and savoury flavours. The unique numbing sensation of Sichuan peppercorns adds to the experience. It’s versatile, easy to make in under 30 minutes, and a great weeknight meal for busy families. 

What You Need For Your Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut:

Making Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut yourself

If you’re making this dish yourself, here’s a recipe that you can try out. 


  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 6-8 dried chilli peppers, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, minced
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4-6

How To Cook Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut

Step 1

In a small bowl, mix together the soy sauce, Chinese cooking wine, cornstarch, and sugar. Set aside.

Step 2

In a wok or large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over high heat.

Step 3

Add the Sichuan peppercorns and stir-fry for 30 seconds or until fragrant.

Step 4

Add the chicken and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.

Step 5

Add the garlic, ginger, and dried chilli peppers, and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.

Step 6

Add the cashew nuts and green onions, and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until the cashews are lightly toasted.

Step 7

Add the soy sauce mixture to the wok and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce has thickened and the chicken and cashews are coated.

Step 8

Serve Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut hot and enjoy!

Serving Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut with Other Dishes 

Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut can be paired with a variety of dishes to create a complete and satisfying meal. Steamed rice is a classic side that goes perfectly with this dish, allowing you to soak up all the flavorful sauce. For some added texture, you can also serve it with some crispy egg rolls filled with vegetables and meat. 

And if you’re looking for a soup to warm you up, hot and sour soup is the perfect complement to the sweet and savoury flavours of Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut, with its tangy and spicy notes.

Nutritional/Health Benefits

  1. Protein-Rich: The dish features chicken as its main protein source. Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues, supporting immune function, and maintaining muscle mass. 
  2. Healthy Fats: Cashew nuts contribute healthy fats to the dish, including monounsaturated fats which are heart-healthy and can help lower bad cholesterol levels. 
  3. Vitamins and Minerals: Both chicken and cashew nuts provide a range of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc. These nutrients play various roles in energy metabolism, immune support, and overall well-being. 
  4. Fiber from Cashew Nuts: Cashew nuts offer dietary fiber that supports digestive health, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and promotes a feeling of fullness. 
  5. Antioxidants: The dish’s ingredients, particularly cashew nuts, contain antioxidants like vitamin E and selenium, which help protect cells from oxidative stress and may have anti-inflammatory effects. 
  6. Spices and Peppers: The dried chili peppers used in the dish can provide capsaicin, which has been associated with potential health benefits, including aiding metabolism and providing pain relief. 
  7. Moderate Carbohydrates: While the dish contains some carbohydrates from the sauce, the overall carb content is generally moderate, making it suitable for those who are mindful of carb intake. 
  8. Balanced Flavor: The combination of sweet, salty, spicy, and tangy flavors in the sauce can enhance the overall meal satisfaction, potentially preventing overeating. 
  9. Vegetable Content: Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut often includes vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini, adding vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber to the dish.

Visit Lao Li Da Pai Dang for an authentic zi char experience

The above recipe is just one of the many ways to making this dish. 

If you’re looking to enjoy delicious Gongbao Chicken with Cashew Nut without all the hassle and preparation time, while discovering a unique version that our customers can’t get enough of, then come on down to our restaurant for an enjoyous dine-in or takeaway, and experience it for yourself, only at Lao Li Da Pai Dang!

Whether you’re in the mood for this, or wish to explore other dishes, our extensive zi char menu promises to delight at every turn. At Lao Li Da Pai Dang, the warm and inviting ambience, coupled with attentive service, creates a family-friendly and inclusive atmosphere that only adds to the enjoyment whenever you visit and dine with us. 

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