Kung Pao chicken (also spelled Kung Po chicken or Gung Po chicken) is a classic dish in Szechuan cuisine, originating in the Sichuan Province of central-western China. The dish is named after Ding Baozhen (1820-1886), a late Qing Dynasty official. Born in Guizhou, Ding served as head of Shandong province and later as governor of Sichuan province. His title was Gōng Bǎo, or palatial guardian. The name "Kung Pao" chicken is derived from this title.
The dish exists in both traditional Sichuan and Westernized versions; the latter is more popular in the United States and Canada.