Kung Pao Chicken


Kung Pao Chicken

I had a bit of extra time last night so I decided to make Kung Pao Chicken.  I stopped at the store on the way home and picked up green peppers, red peppers, green onions, soy sauce and peanuts.  I also picked up a few extra fresh ingredients for our next couple meals. But, I still forgot the milk! There is always one thing I just forget even with my list in hand.

My kids were really excited for this dish. They love homemade Chinese food. I like that I know exactly what we are eating and can control the amount of oil and sugar it is cooked with. My daughter helped by making the sauce for the dish as I chopped the vegetables.

I asked my children last night at dinner if they are both feeling more confident in the kitchen and feeling like they can cook several things so that when it is time for them to leave the house they can cook for themselves. Both eagerly replied yes. They started listing the dishes that they knew how to cook and how they could transfer what they know into making other dishes too. It made me smile.

Verdict:

This was a hit! My daughter did not like the fact that I mixed the brown rice and white rice (50/50) but I am trying to ease everyone into eating brown rice. They don’t like the taste and texture of the brown rice but I am working on that too by cooking it in chicken stock and adding a few spices.

Kung Pao Chicken is literally stir fried vegetables in a spicy sauce finished with peppers. I liked that it was mostly vegetables with some chicken.  I am still trying to keep us eating more vegetables than meat. You can change this up to suit your tastes making it more or less spicy and you can change the vegetables to suit your family. This recipe is based on a Kung Pao Chicken recipe from Epicurious. (Click for original recipe.)

Kung Pao Chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. chicken breast, cubed into bite sized pieces
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne (more or less to taste)
  • vegetable oil
  • 8-10 dried red chilies (more or less to taste)
  • 4 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, large chop
  • 2 red pepper, large chop
  • green parts of scallions, sliced
  • other vegetables to taste such as celery, zucchini, etc…
  • roasted peanuts to garnish

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl mix cornstarch and chicken until coated well.
  2. In a second bowl mix soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Hoisin sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, ground ginger and Cayenne until well blended and sugar has dissolved. Taste and adjust spices according to your tastes.
  3. Add 1/3 of sauce to chicken and stir to coat.
  4. In a wok or large sauce pan add a bit of oil to pan. Allow to warm and add garlic to pan. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute to become fragrant.
  5. Add peppers and any other vegetables and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add chicken to vegetables and stir fry until chicken is cooked through. Add chilies, if desired, to the dish and let cook for 30 seconds or so. Add remaining sauce to pan and stir until sauce is thickened. If sauce is not thick enough add 1/2 teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to pan to thicken.
  7. Serve over rice if desired and garnish with green scallions and peanuts.

 

 

 

24 Comments Add yours

  1. This looks delicious! We have things in common – I also always forget the one thing I went shopping for AND I’m trying to convince my household to convert to brown – we’re starting with brown bread….hopefully then I can move on to the rice 🙂 Thanks for a great recipe

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you for reading! My kids are better about brown bread than brown rice. Definitely a texture thing for them.

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  2. This is awesome! Thanks for sharing 😊 and I will try your recipe very soon!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you for you kind words! I hope you like it as much as we did!

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  3. thegreyeye says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I had it in mind for some time. Definitely going to make it.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you like it!

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      1. thegreyeye says:

        I ll let you know

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  4. I absolutely love Kung Pao Chicken! Thanks for the recipe! Brown takes a little time, but once you get them there, they never go back! 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks. I don’t think my daughter will ever love rice but I am going for tolerating. 🙂

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      1. That sounds just like my youngest daughter! I can only get her to eat my Mexican rice. 🙂

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  5. Rosina Motta says:

    Looks delish…I have to try it out!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks, hope you like it as much as we did!

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  6. Gouchis Girl says:

    I always seem to run across the most amazing looking food when I’m hungry! lol This looks outstanding! That looks absolutely like restaurant quality!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! You are so very sweet!

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      1. Gouchis Girl says:

        You are welcome! I call ’em like I seem ’em and I’ve seen some. 😉

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  7. Gorgeous, Marci! I should have eaten lunch before reading your blog! Does koolaidmoms deliver?? lol!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Lana. I am still trying to figure out why WordPress adds an orange-like tint to my pictures when they don’t look like that before I post them. Any ideas?

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      1. Oh Sweetie…with my help you’d have psychedelic Kung Pao! lol! I do know someone who used to work or still works for wordpress his name is Sandy…here’s his link http://sandymcfadden.com/ Good luck & hopefully he can give you some ideas! I think it looks great though, hon!

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  8. this looks so good! yummm!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! You are so kind!

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      1. I love this recipe and love Chinese food

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  9. Thank you so much for this, I have real difficulty deciding what to do with chicken that isn’t risotto

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  10. Reblogged this on mamabatesmotel.

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