Healthier Kung Pao Chicken


This is super easy and healthier than your traditional kung pao chicken dish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 5 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce

  • 2 teaspoons dry sherry

  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

  • 4 teaspoons canola oil

  • 4 dried red chile peppers, seeded, broken into small pieces

  • 4 green onions cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped bok choy cabbage

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot

  • ¼ cup chopped, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

  • 1 ⅓ cups hot cooked brown rice


  1. Stir together 2 teaspoons soy sauce, the sherry, and sesame oil in a bowl. Add chicken and toss to coat. Cover and let marinate at room temperature 20 minutes. Meanwhile, stir together water, rice vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, and remaining 3 teaspoons soy sauce; set aside.

  2. Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry chicken until nearly cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken. Add chile peppers, green onions, and remaining 2 teaspoons canola oil to skillet; stir-fry 1 minute. Add bok choy and ginger; stir-fry 1 minute more. Add chicken and soy sauce mixture; cook until bubbling. Sprinkle with peanuts and serve with rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

334 Calories
15g Fat
24g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 311mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 19mg 93%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 401mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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