Kung Pao Chicken

Wesley and I LOVE Chinese food, but believe me Chinese food is not something that you can eat on a diet.  I found a magazine called Clean Eating that I use regularly since we are trying to eat as "clean" as possible these days.  I found this recipe for Kung Pao Chicken in the magazine and "revamped" it in order to make it even more healthy.

  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice (I used organic Lundberg Brown Rice)
  • 12oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4 inch dice
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 6-10 small red chilies, diced and seeded 
  • 1 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 6 scallions, white and light green parts, cut into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly diced
  • 2 tbsp roasted unsalted peanuts
  • Asian Gourmet Kung Pao Dipping & Grilling Sauce (you can make your own, but after searching for all the ingredients myself I soon realized it would be much cheaper and healthier to buy a packaged version at Earth Fare)

  • Prepare rice according to package directions-Lundberg Rice will take you an hour to cook, so be sure to make this your first step.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine chicken and 1/2 cup Kung Pao sauce and marinate for at least 25 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • When the rice is about 10 minutes from being done, heat peanut oil in a large wok or skillet on high (as you can see in the picture I do not have a wok, but I am begging Wes to get me one for Christmas).  Add chilies and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add chicken mixture, spreading chicken in a single layer in wok, and cook undisturbed for 1 minute.  Then stir chicken constantly until cooked fully.
  • Add 1 cup of sauce and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

  • Add bell pepper, scallions, peanuts, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until bell pepper begins to soften, about 1 minute.  

  • Serve chicken mixture over rice.  Makes 4 servings.

The finished product...ENJOY!!!

Nutritional Information per serving (1 cup of chicken mixture & 3/4 cup rice):
     Calories:            300
     Fat:                        9
     Saturated Fat:        1.6
     Cholesterol:         32.5
     Sodium:           1191
     Carbs:                  28
     Sugars:                26.5
     Protein:               25
     Fiber:                    1 

1 comment:

  1. Looks fabulous!! So glad to reconnect with you on FB. Hope you are doing great!