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Spicy Hunan Chicken

Hunan Chicken is our answer when we're craving super spicy Asian food. We take tender chicken tenders and stir-fry them until crisp, along with green beans and then coat it all in a super easy, fiery, and tangy chili bean sauce. 25 minutes of prep and cook time, virtually fool proof. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Keyword hunan chicken, asian chicken, spicy asian chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 366 kcal
Author Nicole


  • 2 tbsp canola oil, divided
  • 8 oz green beans, roughly chopped
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tsp cornstarch, divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken tenders cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 2 tsp Doubanjiang or another chili bean paste, or more if you really like spice
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock


  1. Heat a large wok or skillet to a high heat. When it's hot, add 2 tsp canola oil. Swirl to coat the pan. Add the green beans, stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to blister. Add the scallion and garlic, stir-fry another minute. Remove veggies from the wok and set aside.

  2. While the veggies cook, season chicken with salt and pepper. Add the chicken tenders to a large plastic ziplock bag. Add in 1/4 cup of cornstarch. Seal the bag and shake to coat the chicken.

  3. Add half of the remaining oil to the wok. Swirl to coat the pan. Once the oil is shimmering, add half of the chicken. Stir-fry until the chicken is brown and crisp, about 6 minutes. Remove from the pan to the same plate with the veggies. Add remaining oil to the wok. Swirl to coat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the remaining raw chicken. Again, stir-fry until brown and crisp, about 5-6 minutes.

  4. While the chicken is cooking, whisk the tamari, chili paste, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, ketchup, remaining 2 teaspoons cornstarch, and chicken stock together in a small bowl.

  5. When the chicken is done cooking, add the othe cooked chicken and veggies back to the wok. Pour in the sauce. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Toss the chicken until the sauce is thickened. Serve with steamed or fried rice.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Hunan Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 366 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 541mg24%
Potassium 815mg23%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 39g78%
Vitamin A 455IU9%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.