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Healthy Easy Kung Pao Chicken

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Lunch/Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Chinese

Description

A lightened up version of a Chinese take-out favorite, this healthy kung pao chicken is packed with nutrients and not lacking any flavor. Gluten-free and dairy-free.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into chunks
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 bell pepper (yellow, orange or red), chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 3 cups broccoli
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice, for serving
  • crushed peanuts, for serving (optional)

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos or low sodium soy sauce/tamari
  • 1-2 Tablespoons honey*
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek chili paste or sriracha
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon arrowroot powder for thickening (optional)*

Instructions

  1. Make sauce by combining all ingredients in small bowl.
  2. Heat 1/2 Tablespoon sesame oil in a large sauté pan or wok. Once hot, add chicken, garlic and ginger and cook for 5-7 minutes until chicken is just cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate. In the same pan, add remaining oil, bell pepper, green onions, and broccoli and toss. Cook for 5 minutes or until broccoli is tender, then add chicken and sauce to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until sauce thickens a bit. Turn off heat and let rest for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Serve kung pao chicken and veggies over brown rice. Top with crushed peanuts and sriracha for more spice!

Notes

  • I like using 1 Tablespoon of honey but if you like things on the sweeter side you can add 2 Tablespoons.
  • You can use cornstarch instead of arrowroot powder if you’d like. You can also make the sauce without either. It will be a thinner sauce, but it still tastes just as good and it’s perfect for drizzling over the plated dish.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe with 1/2 cup brown rice
  • Calories: 340
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Fat: 8
  • Carbohydrates: 43g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 27g

Keywords: healthy kung pao chicken

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