Healthy Kung Pao Chicken

Got 20 minutes? Make this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with just 8 simple ingredients for a protein-packed, paleo-friendly dinner! This kung pao chicken recipe will have your family coming back for seconds.

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If you are looking for the perfect weeknight meal, you have to try this kung pao chicken recipe. We are in love with it on Team Fit Foodie. There are only 8 ingredients and it tastes like your favorite kung pao chicken take-out. All you have to do is cook up your chicken, mix up your sauce, mix the two together, and you have a kung pao chicken. So easy and so delicious. 

There are many different ways that you can prepare a kung pao sauce. We like to add a little sweetness to our kung pao sauce, which is generally pretty spicy. We found that adding a little bit of honey goes a long way! If you are looking for a vegan option, try adding a little maple syrup or agave nectar! If you are a spicy food fan, try adding extra sriracha or chili paste! 

Another great thing about this kung pao chicken recipe is that you can make changes very easily, depending on what you have in your pantry! If you don’t have chicken, substitute with veggies or tofu. If you are out of peanuts, use cashews. There are so many different ways to make this kung pao chicken your own! 

What is kung pao chicken?

Kung pao chicken is a spicy stir-fry dish that is generally made with chili peppers or paste, peanuts, and vegetables. Kung pao sauce is used with many different proteins like chicken, shrimp, and tofu. You can also toss vegetables with kung pao sauce for a vegetarian and vegan option. 

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Kung pao chicken and beans in a skillet 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! Finished kung pao chicken
Recipe

Healthy Kung Pao Chicken

Got 20 minutes? Make this Healthy Kung Pao Chicken with just 8 simple ingredients for a protein-packed, paleo-friendly dinner! This kung pao chicken recipe will have your family coming back for seconds.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. First, prep chicken by seasoning with salt and pepper and slice it into thin, bite-sized pieces. Set aside. Then, prep the green beans by cutting off both ends. Set aside. Prep stir fry sauce by mixing together coconut aminos, sriracha, chili paste, 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 saucepan 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 about 5 more minutes or until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
  5. Once the 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 saucy, feel free to double the sauce in this recipe! Many readers have done so and loved it.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4
  • Calories: 378
  • Sugar: 8
  • Fat: 12
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Fiber: 5
  • Protein: 43

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