Healthy Kung Pao Chicken

Got 20 minutes? Make this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with just 8 simple ingredients for a dinner packed with protein and that’s paleo-friendly, too! 

Got 20 minutes? Make this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with just 8 simple ingredients for a dinner packed with protein and that's paleo-friendly, too!

So, last week Blake spent the entire week visiting his family in Kansas. I stayed back in the cities GSD. And get shit done is what I did. I realized a few things. 1. I work a lot. 2. I work a lot. and 3. I lovvvvvve the show House. Blake and I started watching LOST (or re-watching because I’ve seen most of them) a few weeks ago, and I decided to be a big girl and wait to watch those episodes with him. Thus- I started watching House. House is one of those shows that can turn any frown upside-down. It reminds me of my family…all 5 of us, because we used to watch it together as a family way back when. Plus- I have a slight older man crush oh Hugh Laurie. I love the story line and most of all, I love the raunchy humor. Any other House fans out there?!

Long story longer, I realized that I work a lottttt especially when the Bster isn’t home. The first thing I do when I get up is grab for my phone and then I make me the coffee and then the oats. Then, I get right to work! I pretty much only break to workout and then I stop when I realize I need to go to bed. 

And wow 2 giant paragraphs later I realize this is just a pity fest. Enough! 

 

Got 20 minutes? Make this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with just 8 simple ingredients for a dinner packed with protein and that's paleo-friendly, too!

So I feel bad that Blake didn’t get to try any of this recipe. He would have love love loved it! We both have a thing for Asian food. This recipe is actually inspired by one of the dishes we had on the cruise last month! We went all the way to the Carribbean to eat Asian food 😀

I love that this dish mixes spicy and sweet all in one. It’s also great that you can modify the heat. Just add more sriracha or chili paste if you like it hot hot hot.

This makes for a great afternoon snack…just like on the ship…when Blake was on the 10 meals a day plan. Ohhhhhh the all you can eat buffet.  

Got 20 minutes? Make this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with just 8 simple ingredients for a dinner packed with protein and that's paleo-friendly, too!

For you paleo frands out there…this recipe is paleo-friendly! Minus the brown rice of course. Idea. What you could do is make it with my Paleo-Fried Rice. Yes, yes. That would be a great idea. 

Speaking of paleo friends. There were some great meat-filled options on the ship as well! The carnitas were TO DIE FOR. And all the fresh fish in the restaurants was finger-lickin’ good, cooked to perfection. 

Got 20 minutes? Make this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with just 8 simple ingredients for a dinner packed with protein and that's paleo-friendly, too!

5.0 from 6 reviews
Clean Eating Kung Pao Chicken
 
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 large chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 - 1.5 pounds of green beens
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or soy sauce <-- not paleo)
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or more, to taste)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • optional: crushed peanuts/cashews
Instructions
  1. First, prep chicken by seasoning with salt and pepper and slicing it into thin, bite-sized pieces. Set aside. Then, prep the green beans but cutting off both ends. Set aside. Prep stir fry sauce by mixing together coconut aminos, sriracha, chili past, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Next, place 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of minced garlic in a large sauce pan or wok. Turn to high medium/high heat.
  3. Add in chicken and sauté for about 5 minutes, or until partially cooked. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Place another tablespoon of sesame oil and minced garlic in the pan and turn to high heat. Add in green beans and sauté for about 5-7 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add in the chicken and continue to cook for 5ish more minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  5. Once chicken is cooked, add in stir fry sauce and reduce heat to low/medium and let cook down for a few more minutes.
  6. Add in sesame seeds and let sit for at least 5 minutes so that the sauce can thicken a bit more. Serve hot.
Notes
If you like things really saucey, feel free to double the sauce in this recipe! Many readers have done so and loved it.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 378 Fat: 12 Carbohydrates: 18 Sugar: 8 Fiber: 5 Protein: 43

Got 20 minutes? Make this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with just 8 simple ingredients for a dinner packed with protein and that's paleo-friendly, too!  

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    • says

      SO GOOOOOD. Until your bottle of sesame oil falls out of your cabinet, smashes, and gets oil/glass everywhere. Not like that happened to me or anything…

  1. says

    I am obsessed with kung pao chicken and love it even more after Mens Health said never to eat it because of how bad it was for you. Clearly they didn’t see this.

    My friend went to Italy and only ate at McDonalds…for 2 weeks.

  2. Meg says

    So good! I don’t eat meat, but I had to try this, so I marinated my tofu in the sauce and then fried with the green beans. Delicious.

  3. Lauren Ingles says

    Tried this at home and absolutely loved the sauce! I added in some different veggies to make it a little my own but will definitely make this again!

  4. Todd W says

    I made this last night in my wok and it was so good I’m still thinking about it! I added 3 dried red chilis for some extra zip. The recipe is organized very nice which makes it easy to follow. With the wok, I put the chicken in first, and then everything else for about 5 more minutes.

  5. Kristi says

    The nutritional info provided- is it for the whole pan or per serving? I’m assuming the entire thing due to the 43g of protein.

  6. seesom says

    I made this for dinner tonight and even my very picky husband loved it. I will definitely make this again. I think next time I make this, I will increase the amounts of chili paste and honey – I used soy sauce instead of coconut aminos and found it very slightly overpowered the other flavors.

  7. Ashley says

    This was an amazing recipe! my whole office came sniffing around my desk to see what I had brought for lunch….and that was just the left overs! If I could give this 10 stars I would.

  8. Kelsey says

    This was so good! really easy to make and good flavor. I made 1.5 X the sauce part because there wasn’t quite enough and did about 1/2 a pound green beans and added some yellow and orange bell peppers. It was delicious!

  9. Brandi says

    Love the recipe!! Just made it and it’s super good, but I had a question about the nutrion facts and serving sizes. It says it make 4 servings, but it only made me two servings worth??… I used only 4.0z of chicken, Idk if that made a difference. I also added in a serving of peanuts and a serving of brown rice. My nutrion facts came out to this….
    ½ recipe 1 serving full recipe 2 servings
    cals 245 490
    F 8.6 17.2
    carbs 26 52
    p 19.4 38.8

    I did all the math from the back of the box/containers and also follwed ur recipe as close as possible, but my nutrional facts seem a lot diffrenent, I was hoping to get some incite on why that is and if my nutrional facts seem accruate or not?? I’m trying to keep track of what I eat, only reason i’m asking trying to keep it all accruate. :)

  10. Brandi says

    ½ recipe 1 serving
    245cals
    F 8.6
    carbs 26
    p 19.4

    full recipe 2 servings
    Cals: 490
    Fat:17.2
    Carbs: 52
    P: 38.8

    Recent my nutrional facts it got all jumbled up in the last comment.

  11. Amy says

    Made this tonight and it was a huge hit! Will be working it into our regular rotation. Love your recipes! Thanks for the great ideas!

  12. Sarah says

    I just made this last night and I love this recipe! The sauce is amazing! I paired it with white rice and it was a perfect meal! The only thing I would do different is blanch the green beans first to soften them up a bit!

  13. Chelsea says

    I’m not a big fan of spicy foods. Are there any good substitutes for chili paste and sriracha sauce to make it less spicy?

  14. Riss says

    Where do I find coconut aminos? I’ve looked all over. I’ve even gone to several international stores here in the DC area. Store managers say it’s very hard to get that’s why they don’t sell it. Can I use something else to get the same out come???

  15. Mendi says

    This was delish, I doubled the sauce! I did not add the additional chili powder, added a touch of rice wine vinegar and added some ginger in with the garlic. I also added mushrooms. My husband loved it! This will be a new favorite in our house!

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