Kung Pao Chicken

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
10 min 20 min 5
Kung Pao Chicken
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1 1/4 cup Brown rice, long-grain, cooked
3/4 cup Chicken broth (stock)
1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Sesame oil
2 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp Cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp Granulated sugar
3 breast Chicken breast, boneless, skinless (cut into bite sized chunks)
1/8 tsp Black pepper
1/4 cup Canola oil
3 green onion (stem) Green onion, scallion, ramp (thinly sliced, separate white from green)
3 medium stalk(s) Celery (cut in slices)
1/4 cup Peanuts (coarsely chopped)
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/4 cup Cornstarch
2 tbsp minced Ginger root (fresh)
2 medium pepper(s) Red bell pepper (cut into chunks)
1/4 cup Sherry, sweet


Chop vegetables and add to one bowl: the peppers, celery, ginger and white parts of green onions. Green parts of the onion can be added later as a garnish.

In a glass measuring cup whisk together chicken broth, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, 1 T corn starch, sesame oil and sugar with a fork and set aside.

In a large bowl or ziplock bag toss chicken with 1/4 cup cornstarch, salt and pepper.

Heat 3 tablespoons of the canola oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium high heat until hot. Add chicken with tongs, shaking off any excess corn starch. Cook chicken until lightly browned on most sides. Approximately 2-4 minutes per side depending on size of your pan and heat. Working in 2 batches also helps to not crowd the chicken so it browns easily.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon of canola oil and cook vegetables constantly stirring for 1 minute.

Add the sherry and stir scraping any brown bits off the bottom of the pan.

Whisk sauce ingredients one more time and add to skillet. (If taking home or preparing before dinner then at this point turn off the heat and refrigerate until 15 minutes before dinner.)

Stir in sauce and cook until it thickens. Check the chicken to make sure it is no longer pink inside. Turn off heat and cover until ready to serve – 10 minutes.

Serve with sticky rice and sprinkle with green onions and peanuts.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 440
Calories from fat 174
Calories from saturated fat 19.9
Total Fat 19.3 g
Saturated Fat 2.2 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.3 g
Cholesterol 79 mg
Sodium 936 mg
Potassium 648 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
Sugars 6.2 g
Protein 36 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Grain 0.9
Meat 1.5
Meat Alternative 0.2
Vegetables 1.3

Energy sources

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