Kung Pao Chicken

by Kelli H. on May 10, 2011

Alright ladies and gentlemen, this one is a weeknight keeper.  Keep this recipe in your repertoire.  It’s packed with flavor and perfect for a week night.  David LOVED it.  I LOVED it.  That’s all who loved it since we had no one else to share with, but that’s a lot of love right there.  It also smells amazing while it cooks….so if the rest of the stuff I said didn’t sell you, surely, the smell will! Right?!


Kung Pao Chicken with Coconut Jasmin Rice
Adapted from Cooking Light December 2010

2 T sesame oil
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 c water
3 T lower-sodium soy sauce
2 t cornstarch
1 t brown sugar
1/2 t ginger, minced
1 t crushed red pepper flakes
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 c sugar snap or snow peas
2 T dry roasted peanuts, chopped

1.  Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onion to pan; saute 3 minutes or until softened.  Add garlic; saute for 30 seconds, stirring constantly.  Add chicken; saute for 3 minutes or until chicken begins to brown.
2.  Combine 3/4 cup water and the next 5 ingredients (through crushed red pepper), stirring with a whisk until sugar dissolves.  Add mixture to pan; bring to a boil.  Add bell pepper and peas to pan; cook for 2 minutes until vegetables are crisp tender and sauce thickens.  Sprinkle with nuts.

Coconut Jasmin Rice 
1 c water
1 c coconut milk
1 c jasmin rice

1.  Bring water and coconut milk to a boil,  add in rice and stir.  Reduce heat to low and put a lid on the pot.  Set timer for 18 minutes and do not touch until timer goes off.  Fluff rice with a fork.  You can also add chopped cilantro to the rice.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

David May 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Seriously, this was REALLY REALLY good! I wish there was more left over for lunch today! Had fun cooking it together too. 🙂

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Janet May 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm

I would really like to try this one, I can tell I would like it just from the ingredients that’s in it, maybe I should invite a friend over for dinner.

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Janelle March 5, 2014 at 5:40 am

This a really easy and good dinner. I used brown rice and that turned out very well in the coconut milk, too.

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