- Marinate the chicken: Dice the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Then combine all the ingredients for the chicken marinade in large bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon to combine.
- Make the sauce: Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a measuring cup or small bowl and whisk until fully combined.
- Prepare the fresh and dry ingredients: Chop the garlic, fresh red chilies, ginger, and the spring onion, and cut the dried red chilies in halves and thirds (depending on their length). Set everything aside until ready to use.
- Cook the linguini: Cook the linguini al–dente according to package directions in a large pot of salted water. Then drain and set aside once cooked. (I like to run water over my pasta to prevent them from sticking and cooking further.)
For the Kung Pao Chicken Linguini:
- Cook the chicken: Heat 1 TBLS peanut oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken pieces and spread evenly in the wok. Cook for 1 minute without touching them. Then continuously stir-fry for another minute or until the chicken is brown on all sides. Use a slotted spoon to scoop the chicken into a strainer and allow excess oil to drip into the wok. Transfer the chicken to a clean bowl and set aside. Discard the any remaining juices and oil in the wok and wipe it out with paper towels. Set the wok back on the stove.
- Heat remaining peanut oil, sesame oil, and chili oil (if using) in the wok over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the spring onion whites, garlic, and ginger. Stir-fry for a 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
- Add the dried red chilies, peanuts, and fresh red chilies to the wok. Stir-fry for another 1 minute.
- Add the chicken pieces and toss to combine with all the ingredients in the wok.
- Give the sauce in the measuring cup a quick stir with a spoon. Then add the linguini and pour the sauce over the noodles.
- Continuously stir-fry and toss to combine the sauce with the noodles and everything in the wok for 4-5 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the noodles are well coated with it. (Note: If the sauce thickens too much, feel free to add a tablespoon or water as needed to thin it out a little and continue tossing.) Then remove the wok from the heat.
- To Serve: Divide the Kung Pao Chicken Linguini in four plates or transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with the spring onion greens and serve.