Kung pao chicken is dish that is familiar to many of us, especially those who have spent some time ordering for a single serving Chinese “tai chao” dish around Klang Valley. It is coincidentally also a dish that is pretty simple to prepare on your own, as I have shared before some 15+ years ago.

kung pao chicken sweet potato recipe
kung pao chicken sweet potato recipe

Today, I want to share a slightly tweaked version of this traditional dish, by incorporating some sweet potato that I’ve gotten my hands on. Here I present to you – Kung Pao Chicken with Sweet Potato! (I know, I could be more creative with the naming, like Sweet Earthy Phoenix combo or something…)

Check out the video of the recipe below:


  • 2 quarter chicken legs (or other parts if you so prefer), cut into bite sizes, deboned if possible
  • 1-2 sweet potato, cut in small chunks
  • half cup cashew nuts (optional)
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1/2 dozen dried cili
  • 3-4 cili padi (optional)
  • cooking oil


  • 1.5 table spoon dark soya sauce
  • 1 table spoon soya sauce
  • 2 table spoon dark vinegar

cast iron pan comes in handy for frying too

Cooking Instructions:

  • heat up cooking oil
  • start with ginger, garlic, and cili (both)
  • add cashew nuts if they’re not toasted, stir fry till fragrant
  • add chicken and sweet potato together, cook for 5-7 minutes
  • add sauce, and stir for additional minute
  • put on some spring onion or cilantro before serving (optional)


KY cooks – Kung Pao Chicken with Sweet Potato

6 thoughts on “KY cooks – Kung Pao Chicken with Sweet Potato

  • February 9, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Sweet potatoes? They look like potatoes to me – we usually add those to our soy sauce chicken or pork. Nice!

    • February 11, 2021 at 10:50 am

      suituapui: haha they are sweet potato even tho the color looks like “normal” potato.

  • February 17, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    It’s funny how a purple (or red) coloured skin potato can yield yellow flesh. These Japanese sweet potatoes are one of my favourites…yakitori it or just steam pun nice.

    • February 18, 2021 at 9:25 am

      eatwhateatwhere: yaaa, steamed is nice, I wonder if anyone makes it into an ice cream flavor.

  • February 18, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Kong Pao Chicken with sweet potatoes, first time heard about it. Is this your original creation?

    • February 19, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      CHoi Yen: hahaha yes, it is original 😛


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *