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.
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
How to Make It
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.
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.
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.
Simple to prepare as-is but WOW lacking in flavor. Was extremely bland - Can't quite put my finger on it but missing something, and more than just a pinch of salt. Would not make again, sorry. Can't justify the 4 star reviews I see on here, definitely not in line with the other recipes I find on the site.
I have made this so many times and it turns out wonderful each time. My husband loves it and so do the kids. It's a great way to splurge, having chinese food without all of the sugar and fat. You should try this one.