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Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Photo by: Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

Kung Pao Chicken Tacos

Cooking Light OCTOBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 tacos)
  • Hands-on:30 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • 3/4 cup diagonally sliced celery (about 2 stalks)
  • 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4 lime wedges

Preparation

1. Place chicken in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce to bag; seal. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade. Place 1/4 cup cornstarch in a shallow dish. Sprinkle the chicken evenly with salt. Add chicken to cornstarch in dish, and toss chicken to thoroughly coat. Shake off excess cornstarch.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon canola oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of coated chicken; sauté for 6 minutes or until done, turning to brown. Remove chicken from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Repeat the procedure with remaining 1 tablespoon canola oil and coated chicken.

3. Combine remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, honey, and next 3 ingredients (through sambal oelek) in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Microwave at HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring twice. Stir in garlic. Combine soy sauce mixture, chicken, peanuts, and celery; toss to coat chicken.

4. Toast tortillas under broiler or on a griddle until lightly blistered, turning frequently. Place 2 tortillas on each of 4 plates; divide chicken mixture evenly among tortillas. Top each taco with green onions and bell pepper strips; serve with lime wedges.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 418
  • Fat: 19.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 8.9g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 6.1g
  • Protein: 25.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 39.3g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 86mg
  • Iron: 1.6mg
  • Sodium: 531mg
  • Calcium: 53mg
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