Heathly Meals Monday: 500 Calorie Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

All 6 sisters love Chinese Food. Typical Chinese food is usually loaded with calories and fat, so I went searching for something Chinese that was a little more healthy. I came across this recipe from MyRecipes and knew I had to try it. Not only did we love it, but it will now be going on the meal rotation at our house!

Serves: 4

Heathly Meals Monday: 500 Calorie Kung Pao Chicken

All the goodness of chinese takeout, without leaving the house (or all the calories!).

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 2 Tablespoons of Dark Sesame Oil (Kirksville doesn't carry this so I used Extra Virgin olive oil)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teasoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (I used a 1/2 teaspoon and it was still a little too hot for my kids- but my husband loves all things spicy)
  • 1 cup snow peas, trimmed (I used sugar snap peas because we don't like snow peas at our house)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts


  1. Heal oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion to pan, saute 3 minutes or until softened. Add garlic- saute 30 seconds. stirring constantly. Add chicken, saute 3 minutes or until chicken begins to brown.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup water, soy sauce, corn starch, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes and stir with a whisk until sugar dissolves. Add water mixture to skillet, and bring to a boil. Add bell pepper and snow peas to top it off. Cook for 2 minutes or until veggies are start to become tender and sauce thickens. Sprinkle with nuts.4
  4. Serve over brown rice.


Make sure that you only have 1/2 cup of rice to keep it under 500 calories
*An egg roll is not included in this 500 calorie meal... although I really wish it were.

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