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Hunan Chicken

One Pan Hunan Chicken Recipe

Hunan Chicken is a tasty stir-fry of chicken and vegetables in an authentic spicy Chinese Hunan Sauce made with Sambal Oelek chili paste. The recipe is easy to make and ready in about 30 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Chinese
Keyword Hunan Chicken, Hunan Chicken Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 276kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil canola or peanut oil
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 zucchini cut into rounds
  • 1 cup carrots sliced into rounds


  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili paste such as Sambal Oelek
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil optional, but great if you have any on hand


  • Green Onions
  • Sesame seeds


Cook the meat:

  • In a bowl add ¼ cup cornstarch and season with a little salt and pepper. Stir to combine with a fork. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat well.
  • In a large pan over medium-high heat, add vegetable oil. Drop chicken pieces and cook until both sides are golden brown. Cook chicken in one layer, do not overcrowd. If needed cook in batches. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.

Make the Hunan Sauce:

  • In the meantime, add all the ingredients for the sauce into a bowl and whisk until well combined.

Cook the Vegetables:

  • Add a bit more vegetable oil to the pan and add vegetables. Cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring from time to time.

Add the meat and sauce:

  • Return the chicken to the pan and also add the sauce. Stir and coat everything into the sauce and cook for 1-2 more minutes, until the sauce thickens.


  • Transfer to a plate or bowl and serve Hunan chicken with a side of white rice or noodles.
  • Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1227mg | Potassium: 796mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 6460IU | Vitamin C: 51.3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.3mg