Skinny Kung Pao Chicken made in less than 30 minutes with chicken breast, bell peppers, peanuts and a slightly spicy garlic sauce.
Skinny Kung Pao Chicken
Lightened up Kung Pao Chicken is a fantastic dish that’s so healthy won’t believe all that flavor from the sauce and the crunch of the peanuts can be enjoyed on a diet!
Kung Pao Chicken is one of our favorite take out options as it tends to be healthier than most Chinese restaurant options.
Most Chinese chicken options are deep fried, so this stir fry option doesn’t take a lot of work to lighten up while keeping the flavors! In fact even at Panda Express their kung pao chicken is less healthy than you might expect.
How to make Skinny Kung Pao Chicken:
- To conserve oil, the chicken is cooked without being sliced first.
- To cut down on the peanuts we split them. Your mouth can’t taste the difference between the crunch of half the peanut vs the two halves still stuck together.
- We cut back on the brown sugar to just a teaspoon and swapped white meat chicken breasts for the chicken thighs.
More Easy Asian Recipes:
- Thai BBQ Salmon
- Rainbow Thai Chicken Peanut Salad
- Beef Teriyaki Skewers
- Korean BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Tools Used in the making of this Skinny Sesame Chicken:
Cast Iron Skillet: This is my most used pan in my kitchen, heavy, keeps heat well and gives the BEST sear ever.
Soy Sauce: Only ever use this brand, always in the lower sodium variety.
Sesame Oil: The flavor of sesame oil in this dish is unmistakeable and not really able to be substituted. Some Asian grocery stores will try and sell less expensive options that aren’t actually sesame oil, so just be sure the one you’re buying is authentic sesame oil.
Skinny Kung Pao Chicken
- Yield: 4 servings
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 3 chicken breasts boneless skinless
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 10 dried Chinese chili peppers
- 1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
- 3 stalks green onions whites only chopped into 1" chunks
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons lite soy sauce
- 1 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons dry-roasted peanuts split into halves
Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
Add the canola oil to a heavy skillet on medium-high heat.
Add the chicken and cook 5-7 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
Remove from the pan and add in the canola oil, garlic, ginger, red chili peppers, green bell peppers and green onions.
Cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
Add in the water, soy sauce, cornstarch and brown sugar and let the sauce thicken on medium heat.
Cut the chicken breasts into thin slices and add it into the pan along with the peanuts.
Toss together with the sauce and serve.
Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 344 calories, Serving Size: 1 /4th recipe, Calories: 344g, Carbohydrates: 5.1g, Protein: 48.9g, Fat: 13.3g, Saturated Fat: 2.2g, Cholesterol: 149mg, Sodium: 849mg, Fiber: 0.9g, Sugar: 2.1g
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