Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao chicken (宫保鸡丁, pinyin gōng bǎo jī dīng; also spelled Kung Bao chicken, Gung Po chicken or Kung Po chicken in English) is a classic dish in Sichuan Cuisine, originating in the Sichuan Province of central-western China. Allegedly, the dish is named after Ding Baozhen (1820–1886), a late Qing Dynasty official. Born in Guizhou, Ding served as head of Shandong province and later as governor of Sichuan province. His title was Gōng Bǎo (宮保), or palatial guardian. The name "Kung Pao" chicken is derived from this title.During the Cultural Revolution the dish was labeled as politically incorrect because of its association with Ding Baozhen. The dish was renamed "fast-fried chicken cubes" (hong bao ji ding) or "chicken cubes with seared chiles" (hu la ji ding) until its political rehabilitation in the 1980s.The dish exists in both traditional Sichuan and Westernized versions; the latter is more popular in the United States and Canada.


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