Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

This Kung Poa Chicken tastes better than any take out Chinese food. It is healthy, simple, and delicious. If you are looking for a quick dinner recipe, this is definitely one you need to try.

 We love Chinese food. This recipe will have you coming back for seconds. It tastes like it came from a Chinese restaurant and the best part is, you can enjoy it in the comforts of your own home.
Lately my husband and I are on a huge Chinese food kick. I don’t know what it is, but we honestly can’t stop eating it.
I think I have a small addiction.
His favorite item on the menu is the Kung Pao Chicken. I don’t blame him, because it is full of so much flavor, and a variety of textures, and colors.
I love the peppers, combined with the chicken, and the sauce.
The best part is, we are saving on money, calories, and time, when we make it at home. And I can cook it all in my sweat pants, and enjoy a quiet evening at home with my family. Well, kind of quiet.

what other meat could I make this recipe with?

I love this recipe, because it is so versatile. It comes together in a matter of minutes and only requires a few simple ingredients.

If you are looking for a simple and delicious copycat restaurant dinner, this is one you have to make.

The best part is, you could mix it up and make it how you like it. If you are looking to use different meat for this recipe, here is what we recommend:

-Ground Turkey
-Ground Beef
-Strip Steak
-Shredded Pork

You could really use any of your favorite meat, but those are the few that we recommend for this recipe.

what should I serve with this dish?

Serving a dish that is this diverse with so many different flavors can get a little tricky. However, we have a few simple ideas for you, that will pair perfectly with this dish.

Here is what we recommend:

-Rice: we love serving this over rice. We have also served it over quinoa, and that was delicious as well.

-Chow Mein Noodles: I love me some Chow Mein Noodles. If you are looking for a good recipe, check out our Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein Recipe. It is both healthy, and delicious.

-Grilled Pineapple: You can never go wrong with Asian food and grilled fruit. We have the most amazing Grilled Caramelized Pineapple Recipe, that would taste amazing with this.

-Egg Rolls: It’s just not a Chinese dinner without Egg Rolls. If you are looking for a healthier alternative, you have to try our Baked Avocado Egg Rolls. They are out of this world.

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looking for more chicken inspired dinner ideas? here are a few of our favorite:

Ranch Chicken
Honey Lime Chicken Enchiladas
Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken and Rice Bowls
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Olive Garden Grilled Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Serves: 4

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

45 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 2 pounds chicken, cut into bite size pieces (about 5 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • Sauce and veggies:
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons  brown sugar
  • 8 ounce can water chestnuts, drained and roughly chopped
  • 4 ounces peanuts, chopped slightly leaving some whole
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cups hot water
  • 10 ounce bag frozen sugar snap peas


  1. In a large bowl, mix the dissolve the cornstarch in the water, then add the sesame oil and soy sauce. Add the chicken and coat each piece. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. For the sauce, in a medium bowl dissolve the cornstarch in the water, then add the sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, chili powder, chili sauce and brown sugar. Add the water chestnuts, peanuts, garlic and green onions. Stir to combine.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the sauce on the lowest setting so that it starts to slowly heat through and thicken up. After a few minutes, turn heat up to medium and add the water and snow peas.
  4. Meanwhile, remove chicken from marinade and cook in a medium skillet over medium heat.
  5. When the chicken is fully cooked, add chicken to sauce and veggie skillet and stir to coat chicken in sauce. Serve hot over brown rice, noodles or alone.



949 cal


73 g


49 g


38 g
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6 Responses to “Kung Pao Chicken Recipe”

  1. Kristin
    Tried out this recipe and it was a hit with my husband and even my kiddos. I omitted the oil as we don't care for Sesame, and added a bit of ketchup to the sauce to give it some body...AMAZING!!! Also added extra veggies to make it go further. Going in my weekly recipe box for sure!! Thank you!!

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