Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this delicious meal any day of the week. Sweet and spicy come together to give the chicken and veggies a great flavor.

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Some people call this Kung Pow Chicken Recipe but it is actually Kung Pao Chicken Recipe. Regardless of what you call it, it is simply amazing.

Save your money and skip take out all together. You can easily make this meal in minutes. It sounds fancy but it is so easy to make even during crazy busy weeks.

This is one our favorites and the flavor is so amazing. Even my kids that are not huge veggie fans gobble this up because of the delicious sauce.

We all love the flavor and prefer this over takeout! It is so yummy,

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

What is kung pao chicken?

This chicken has a sweet and sour sauce that is syrup like and loaded with hints of garlic, ginger, vinegar and honey. Lots of veggies such as onion, bell peppers and zucchini make this dish complete and the sauce brings it all together.

What does kung pao chicken taste like?

Some people get this confused with General Tso chicken but it is not the same. Kung Pao chicken tastes different as it is marinated and sauteed. General Tso chicken is deep fried.

Is Kung pow chicken the same as Kung pao chicken?

Yes, it is. Don’t get confused as it is the same recipe.

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

What ingredients do you need to make kung pao chicken recipe?

  • Chicken breast boneless
  • Olive Oil
  • soy sauce
  • sesame oil
  • water
  • rice vinegar
  • honey
  • onion
  • red peppers
  • zucchini
  • garlic
  • ground ginger
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • red chili peppers, dried with seeds removed
  • roasted peanuts
  • cornstarch to thicken
Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

How to make kung pao chicken recipe:

First, combine the cornstarch,  Soy Sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and back pepper in a small bowl.

Place chicken in the bowl with these ingredients and allow it to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.

Dice the veggies while the chicken is marinading.

Next, heat the vegetable oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, add the marinated chicken and the onions to the pan.

You want to make sure the chicken is browned on all the side, stirring occasionally for several minutes. Move the chicken to a separate dish.

Turn down the heat on the sauce pan to medium and add the bell peppers, garlic, ginger and chili peppers.  Allow them to cook for approximately 1 minutes being careful not to overcook.

Next add the chicken back to the pan and allow to heat for 1-2 minutes.

Once all the ingredients are thoroughly combined, topped with the roasted peanut.

Serve over white rice and enjoy! Keep reading for the full recipe.

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

What to serve with kung pao chicken recipe?

Serve over cooked white rice and top with sliced green onions if you prefer.

Did you know that you can also cook rice in the slow cooker?  I like to cook a ton of rice in my crock pot and then freeze it for recipes like this one.

This way I always have some cooked rice on hand for recipes that require it or for a quick side dish in not time at all.

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

Freezing rice is so easy and saves me tons of time in the kitchen. If you aren’t freezing rice, you should be! It is a huge time saver.

This really saves us so much time and makes dinner time easier during the week. I am always looking for ways to save time and still serve my family amazing meals.

Little time saving tricks like these really add up to big time savings and make a huge difference in getting dinner on the table fast. Try freezing rice and see how much time you save and how delicious it is.

It is just so  handy to add to meals anytime you need rice.

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

More time saving tips:

We keep diced onion and bell pepper in the freezer so it is easy to add to any recipe we like. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions.

If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine if you have children that are picky.

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes.

This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Learn and  how to freeze onions and also how to freeze peppers to save so much time in the kitchen!

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

Try kung pao chicken recipe for a great meal this week!

We absolutely love this meal and it quickly became a family favorite on the menu plan. The salty sweet chicken breast and veggies make such a delicious meal.

Stir fried chicken is so easy and you can have this ready to go in 30 minutes. The sauce ingredients come together for a delicious sauce and we prefer his to chinese restaurants.

Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.

If you are trying to eat healthier, Kung pao chicken calories are lower made at home and you save money too. Take out is pricey and not always convenient.

We prefer to make our meals at home and save money. I would much prefer to eat out because I want to or a special occasion instead of a last minute decision.

Give this kung pao chicken a try for a meal that really packs a punch and is loaded with flavor. This stir fry is so amazing.


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Print this kung pao chicken recipe below:

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

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Enjoy one of your favorite Chinese takeout dishes when you make Kung Pao Chicken Recipe at home. Save time and money and make this sweet and salty meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Chinese
Course Main Course
Calories 429
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 3 Chicken breast boneless Diced
  • 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 red peppers large diced
  • 2 zucchini large diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 red chili peppers dried with seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts chopped to pieces
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch to thicken

Instructions

  • In a small bowl combined the cornstarch, Soy Sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar and back pepper. Place chicken in the bowl with these ingredients and allow it to marinate while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Dice up the vegetables while the chicken is marinading.
  • Then heat the vegetable oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the marinated chicken and the onions to the pan.
  • Then brown the chicken on all the sides, stirring occasionally for approximately 5-6 minutes.
  • Move the chicken to a separate dish.
  • Turn down the heat on the sauce pan to medium and add the bell peppers, garlic, ginger and chili peppers. Allow them to cook for approximately 1 minutes.
  • Next add the chicken back to the pan and allow to heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Once all the ingredients are thoroughly combined, topped with the roasted peanut.
  • Serve over white rice and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 429kcal, Carbohydrates 21g, Protein 30g, Fat 26g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 72mg, Sodium 1280mg, Potassium 978mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 13g, Vitamin A 1978IU, Vitamin C 151mg, Calcium 40mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Very delicious and easy to make. Tons of flavor. Tip…. get everything ready and cut/measured/mixed before cooking. Makes it so much easier.