Appetizers & Snacks, Lunch

Kung Pao Chicken Totchos

  • Prep 10 mins
  • Total 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

Kung pao chicken is my favorite takeout dish. This version is even more Americanized, adding tater tots to the tasty mix. —Sam Ferguson


  • Contains Peanuts
  • Contains Milk/Dairy

Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Peanuts, Milk/Dairy

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  • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots (2-pound/.68kg)
  • 4 grilled chicken breasts (1-pound total), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup gluten-free kung pao sauce
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts, chopped, divided
  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 1 (6 ounce) bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced


  • Small Bowl
  • Air Fry Basket
  • Large Bowl
  • Step 1

    In a small bowl, toss the peppers with the canola oil. Place the peppers and tater tots in the air fryer basket.

  • Step 2

    Ensure no wire racks are installed in the oven. Select AIR FRY, set the temperature to 360°F, and set the time to 35 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin preheating.

  • Step 3

    When the unit has preheated, insert the air fryer basket on Level 3. Close the oven door to begin cooking. 

  • Step 4

    Put the chicken, kung pao sauce, 1/2 cup of peanuts, and the water chestnuts in a large bowl, and mix to combine.

  • Step 5

    When there are 10 minutes remining, remove the basket from the oven. Scoop the chicken mixture over the tots and peppers evenly. Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

  • Step 6

    Place the basket back in the oven on Level 3, then close the oven door to resume cooking.

  • Step 7

    When cooking is complete, remove the basket from the oven. Garnish with the remaining peanuts and the scallions.