Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Kung Pao Chicken

This recipe is awesome!  It satisfies my cravings for Chinese food!  Some homemade Chinese food recipes seem complicated and time consuming, but this one is not.  I've adapted this recipe from Blog Chef.  You can find the original recipe here.

I'm more of a mild girl than a spicy one.  I was hesitant with the red pepper flakes wondering if it would be too spicy for all of my kids, but it was just about right.  It was spicy, but not crazy spicy.  My kids all loved it.  If you're a super mild person you could add a little less.

This recipe will serve about 6.  Note to self:  When I make this again I'm going to need more chicken to feed my family.  I'll add another 6 tenders, or use chicken breasts.  I'll probably keep everything else the same, but use 1/2 cup peanuts instead.

12 - 13 chicken tenders (cut into 1" pieces)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons sesame oil
3 green onions, chopped (use all of it!)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup GF soy sauce
4 teaspoons sugar
1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts

Prepare chicken by cutting it into 1 inch pieces, and place in a bowl.   Make sure it is fresh, or completely defrosted.  Add cornstarch to chicken and toss to coat.

Heat sesame oil in a large saute pan or wok over medium heat.  Add chicken and stir-fry 5 - 7 minutes or until no longer pink inside.  Remove chicken from pan.

While chicken is cooking, in another small bowl make the sauce by combining rice vinegar, soy sauce and sugar.  Mix well.  (I like to use La Choy Lite soy sauce.)

Add green onions, garlic, red pepper flakes and powdered ginger to the pan and stir fry for 15 seconds.  Add the sauce and stir together.  Return the chicken to the pan and coat with the sauce.  Stir in roasted peanuts.  Heat thoroughly.  Top with additional green onions if desired and serve over rice.


  1. Hi Rachelle,
    I am looking for a good GF pasta and am wondering if you have any suggestions? I am cooking dinner for our family and extended family over a vacation and some of my nieces & nephews have been recently diagnosed with Celiac. I'm trying to make all the family recipes GF so everyone feels good for our time together and they don't have to have an alternate choice. Also am wondering if you have a good substitute for Onion soup mix and Zesty Italian Dressing packets?

    1. Melisa,
      My favorite GF pasta is Tinkyada. I like their Brown Rice Pasta, or the Organic Brown Rice Pasta. I didn't really care for the White Rice Pasta. They have the Brown Rice Pasta in a lot of variations; spaghetti, lasagna, macaroni, fettucine, rotini, etc. All of them are great! I have not found a substitute for Onion soup mix. I used it prior to being gluten free for pot roast, but now I just sprinkle salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder on the roast. Then I put 2 or 3 bay leaves on top. It tastes delicious. What recipe are you using it for? I use actual Zesty Italian Dressing. The Kraft brand is gluten free.