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Kung Pao Chicken

Randy Mayor

Prep time 9 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Yield

4 servings (serving size: about 1 cup chicken mixture and 1 1/2 teaspoons peanuts)

Homemade Chinese food is a tasty and delicious way to save money in your food budget.  This classic kung pao chicken is ready in just 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, divided
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World), divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/4-inch strips
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped salted peanuts

Nutrition Information

  • calories 239
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 7.9 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 3.7 g
  • polyfat 2.3 g
  • protein 30.9 g
  • carbohydrate 11.4 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 66 mg
  • iron 1.8 mg
  • sodium 589 mg
  • calcium 60 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add broccoli and 2 teaspoons ginger to pan; sauté 1 minute. Add water. Cover; cook 2 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Remove broccoli from pan; keep warm.

  2. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in pan; add remaining 1 teaspoon ginger, crushed red pepper, and chicken. Cook 4 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned, stirring frequently.

  3. Combine broth and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a small bowl, and stir with a whisk. Add broth mixture to pan; cook 1 minute or until mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Return broccoli mixture to pan; toss to coat. Sprinkle with peanuts.