Kung Pao Chicken

I have a long list of guilty pleasures....
  • Trashy reality shows, like The Bachelor and The Million Dollar Matchmaker.  
  • Heavily caffeinated anything (Monster Kaos, anyone??)
  • Impractical shoes
  • Ben and Jerry's Phish Food
  • Rihanna.  And Demi Lovato.  Their songs rank amongst the top 25 most played on my iTunes.  I sing along.  Don't judge.
  • Takeout Chinese food
Unfortunately, eliminating the guilt in garbage TV, ice cream, and Rihanna is out of the picture, but I can eliminate the guilt in Chinese food.  Everything delicious in kung pao chicken is encompassed in this tasty recipe, without the guilt of deep fat frying usually involved with takeout. (+ without the mess.  score.)  

For the chicken/marinade:
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 Tbs white wine 
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce 
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil 
  • 2 Tbs corn starch dissolved in 2 Tbs water
For the Sauce:
  • 2 Tbs white wine 
  • 2 Tbs soy sauce 
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil 
  • 2 Tbs corn starch dissolved in 2 Tbs water
  • 2 Tbs hot chili paste
  • 2 thai chilis, minced
  • 2 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • 4 tsp brown sugar
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbs minced garlic, or about 4 cloves
  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  1. Mix marinade ingredients in a large ziplock bag (or dish) and add chicken.  Shake to coat, and pop in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the sauce ingredients in a small bowl, except water chestnuts and peanuts.
  3. Once chicken is finished marinating, heat a lightly oiled large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.  Drain marinade, and add chicken to the hot pan.  Cook 7-10 minutes, until chicken juices run clear.  Add water chestnuts.  Pour sauce over, and stir until sauce has thickened, about 4 minutes.  Add peanuts, and cook 2-3 more minutes, stirring to coat.
  4. Serve immediately over steamed rice.

Yields 4-5 servings.


  1. Chinese food is my guilty pleasure too and this chicken looks so good! I'll definitely try it out!!



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