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Add four large cloves of minced garlic and cook for about one more minute.
Now for liquid ingredients. Add 1/3 cup of honey. If you spray your measuring cup with cooking spray it will come out of your measure more easily.
Add 3 tablespoons of mirin. Mirin is a sweet rice wine used for cooking. This and the following ingredients can be found in the Asian isle of most grocery stores.
Add 1/4 cup rice vinegar.
Next add 1/2 cup of low sodium soy sauce. I know it seems like a lot of ingredients. Trust me, it will be well worth all the measuring.
Add three tablespoons of hoisin sauce. I love the flavor of this sauce. It is sweet, salty, and a little spicy. If you haven't used this sauce before, it is a Chinese dipping sauce and commonly used in Peking Duck.
Now for some heat. Add 2 teaspoons (or more if you like) of chili garlic sauce. This amount will not be too hot.
Once all the sauce ingredients are in the pan, simmer for about 3 minutes to slightly reduce. Set aside.
Prepare the chicken legs. Season generously with salt and pepper, coat with about a tablespoon of canola oil, toss to coat with the oil and seasoning. Add 3 tablespoons of flour, toss to coat. Give prepared chicken legs a drizzle once arranged on a non stick foil lined cookie sheet. "Oven fry" at 400' for about an hour. For even browning, give them a turn half way through. Once the chicken is crispy, time for he sauce. Have your serving platter ready to go. Dip each leg into the sauce to coat.....
Garnish with chopped peanuts....
And sliced green onions. Drizzle with a small amount of honey.
Kung Pao Chicken Legs
For the Chicken:
16 chicken legs (about 4 pounds)
1 tablespoon canola oil + more for drizzling
3 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper
For the Sauce:
1 tablespoon canola oil
¼ cup fresh ginger, minced
½ cup finely chopped red onion
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup honey + more for drizzling
3 tablespoons mirin (sweet rice wine)
¼ cup unseasoned rice wine vinegar
½ cup low sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons hot chili sauce
¼ cup salted roasted peanuts, finely chopped
1 small bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1) Preheat oven to 400’. Non stick foil line a cookie sheet with sides, set aside. Place chicken legs in a large bowl and drizzle with one tablespoon of canola oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Sprinkle the flour over the legs and toss to coat. Place on prepared cookie sheet and lightly drizzle with canola oil. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until nicely brown and crispy.
2) Place a medium sauce pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon canola oil. Once hot add the ginger and red onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
3) Add garlic, cook for about one minute. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and simmer for about 3 minutes to reduce slightly.
4) Chop the peanuts and slice the green onions.
5) Once the chicken is done, with a tongs dip each chicken leg into sauce to coat. Garnish with the chopped peanuts, green onion, and a light drizzle of honey. Makes 8 servings.
*Serve with steamed rice and simple stir fry vegetables. Spoon extra sauce over chicken, rice and veggies, yummy!
*Substitute chicken wings for the legs for an flavorful and beautiful appetizer.